Usually, the first thing that Redneck Rumble promoters Scooter and Doris Williams generally get asked is “what the heck is a Redneck Rumble?” Those in the know are well aware it is the South’s biggest gathering of some of the craziest cars, trucks, motorcycles and, yes, even people, on the planet.
The fall Redneck Rumble is heading into its 12th year this year, and the Williamses had so many of their participants and fans ask for a second show that the spring Redneck Rumble—Southern Traditions—was born last year. The newest version of the Rumble returns May 6 and 7 to the Wilson County Fairgrounds.
There are always plenty of cool hot rods, rat rods and traditional cars to see at the Lebanon events, and the swap meet rivals any one anywhere for variety; there are generally enough parts available there to build any vehicle you can imagine. The show also offers vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, collectibles and more.
This year’s special guest is Mike Finnegan from the hit Youtube show Roadkill. Roadkill is a gearhead show with over a million followers, and they are always up to something: building crazy races cars, taking insane road trips and just generally having fun. Finnegan will be giving away free Roadkill swag and selling autographed Finnegan’s Speed & Marine shirts and hats. In addition to bringing the ramp truck and his 1955 Chevy drag car, “Blasphemi,” both of which have been featured numerous times on Roadkill, he will be bringing another surprise vehicle from the show. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win a drag slick from “Blasphemi.” Finnegan will be in attendance from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.
Music is also a big part of the Redneck Rumble, and this year will feature Clue and the Honky Tones, playing an acoustic set Friday night at 7 p.m. Saturday night the band lineup starts at 6 p.m. with Zippy’s Clutch. Ashland City native Ryan Upchurch, best known as Upchurch the Redneck, goes on at 7 p.m. The Graham Anthem Band follows, with Kevin Bowden closing the night.
Spectator gates are open 10 a.m.–10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7. Admission is $15 per person and children under 12 are free.
For more information, show vehicle entry or vendor spaces, call (615) 364-1828 or visit bothbarrels.us.