Organizer calls Redneck Fest a success
Jack Herndon and his organizing committee—many of whom are his neighbors—are already making plans for next year after a successful event July 3.
Herndon estimated about 2,500 people attended the event in his backyard at 404 S. Walnut St. Organizers issued more than 2,200 bracelets to those age 21 and older.
Herndon’s event was a bit of a change for Janesville. He doesn’t represent a service club or any other organization. He had been holding the festival for several years for friends, and it simply grew on its own.
The event features a mud pit that vehicle drivers try their luck at navigating, a demolition derby and numerous bands.
This year, Herndon stepped it up to raise money for charity. He advertised and worked with police. He got insurance, non-profit status and a liquor license.
The day of the festival, Herndon told a reporter he would likely move the event next year because of the crowd.
But at a meeting this week, organizers decided the Walnut Street site worked.
“We thought that 2,500 people would be super-packed, but it was very comfortable,” Herndon said. “It just seems to be a little more personal,” he said, noting the grass and trees that offer shade.
The day went by with few problems, Herndon said. There were no parking issues.
Herndon figures the event raised about $2,500 for Easter Seals’ Camp Waubeek.
The event cost him $15,000, much of which was paid through sponsorships and donations. Next year, Herndon expects to give more to charity because he won’t have as many first-time expenses.
Herndon said he and the committee were “very happy” with the event and that it was “well worth the effort.
“Everybody was very well behaved and followed the rules,” he said. “It turned out wonderful.”