Chair: Jenny Gibson

TRAE will be naming a Barnyard Olympics victor. Compete and have a chance to receive Gold, Silver, and Bronze champion presented by TRAE. What better honor than to receive this medal and to list such on your resume in all your future endeavors. You may compete in one, two, three, etc. or all ten of the events. The more events you participate in the better your chances to be a champion. Points will be tabulated based on rankings in each event. Champions will be awarded for ten age groups. The winners will be named at the Saturday night performance of Hee Haw. TRAE very much encourages participants to attend the awards ceremony. In addition to receiving the appropriate medals, winners will receive $25 for Gold, $15 for Silver, and $10 for Bronze. First place winners in each area will receive a trophy.

Points will be awarded as follows: First place, 5 points; Second place, 4 points; Third place, 3 points; and All others, 2 points.

The divisions are as follows:

  • Group A - Ages 0—6, Boys and Girls
  • Group B - Ages 7—10, Boys and Girls
  • Group C - Ages 11—14, Male
  • Group D - Ages 11—14, Female
  • Group E - Ages 15—18, Male
  • Group F - Ages 15—18, Female
  • Group G - Ages 19—50, Male
  • Group H - Ages 19—50, Female
  • Group I - Ages 51 and Over, Male
  • Group J - Ages 51 and Over, Female


  • Bubble Gum Blowing - Wednesday, 6:30-7:30PM
  • Pin the Tail on the Donkey - Wednesday, 7:30-8:30PM
  • Nail Driving - Thursday, 5:00PM-6:00PM
  • Roping - Thursday, 7:30PM-8:30PM
  • Commode Seat Toss - Friday, 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • Wrench/Skillet Throwing - Friday, 5:00PM-6:00PM
  • Sunflower Seed Spitting - Friday, 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • Egg Race - Saturday, 1:00PM
  • Sack Race - Saturday, 1:30PM
  • Hay Bale Toss - Saturday, 2:30PM-3:30PM

Bubble Gum Blowing

Sponsored by Decatur County Insurance

  1. Contestants will get two tries to blow the biggest bubble. The largest will be used.
  2. An independent judge will measure the bubble with a yard stick. Anyone blowing a bubble larger than a yard will float away anyway making a yard stick ample length for judging.
  3. Contestants can participate at any time between 6:30 and 7:30 PM on Wednesday.

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Sponsored by Decatur County Insurance

  1. Due to safety concerns, a real donkey will not be used.
  2. Participants will get one try to pin the tail on a drawing of a donkey.
  3. Winners will be determined by distance.
  4. Contestants can participate at any time between 7:30 and 8:30 PM on Wednesday.

Nail Driving

Sponsored by Bryan & Jessica Barnes

  1. Groups A and B will drive one 6 penny nail into a standard fir 2 x 6.
  2. Groups C, D, E, F, H, and J will drive two 16 penny nails into a 4 x 6 pressure treated post.
  3. Groups G and I will drive two 16 penny nails into a seasoned oak board measuring 2 inches in thickness.
  4. Winners will be determined by the person who drives the nail(s) into the board the fastest.
  5. All nails and wood will be provide by TRAE. Contestants will be given an extra nail in case one bends in the nailing process. Contestants will not be allowed to bring additional nails.
  6. Hammers will be provided. However, contestants may furnish their own hammer. Hammers must weigh 20 ounces or less.
  7. Contestants can participate at any time between 5:00 and 6:00 PM on Thursday.

Commode Seat Toss

  1. This event is similar to horse shoes except that contestants will use commode seats instead of horse shoes. A smaller commode seat will be used by groups A & B.
  2. Contestants will get three tosses.
  3. Points will be awarded in the same fashion as in horse shoes. Winner will be determined by the most number of points.

Skillet/Wrench Toss

  1. Groups A and B will toss a small wrench. Groups C, E, G, and I will toss a larger wrench. Groups D, F, H, and J will toss a skillet.
  2. The skillet and wrench will be furnished by TRAE.
  3. Contestants will get two tries to toss the skillet/wrench into a container.
  4. All those who have the skillet/wrench land in the container will compete again from a longer distance. This process will continue until a winner is determined.
  5. In the event no one lands inside the container, the contestant(s) hitting the container will move on or be named the winner.

Sunflower Seed Spitting Contest

  1. Contestants will be allowed three tries.
  2. Winners will be determined by distance. Distance shall be measured not from where the seed first lands, but from where the seed stops traveling. In other words, if the seed bounces or rolls an additional five feet, that extra distance counts.
  3. Contestants must spit from behind the spitting line. Seeds must land on the plastic liner.
  4. "Athletes" may run towards the spit-off line, hold a firm position, stand, or sit.
  5. Spitting aides such as pipes, tubes, and other hollow object is strictly prohibited.
  6. Professional tobacco spitters are not eligible; denture wearers must abide by the judge's decision if their teeth go further than the seed.

Egg Race

  1. Contestants will race with a boiled egg on a spoon.
  2. Speed and distance will determine the winner.

Sack Race

  1. This will be a two person team event. Team members can be two males, two females, or a male and a female.
  2. The partners must fall into the appropriate age group.
  3. Points will be awarded to both the team members. For example if a team places second, both team members will get four points.
  4. All teams within a particular age group will compete during the same heat. Sacks will be furnished. Any team losing their sack will be disqualified and will be eligible for entry points only.

Hay Bale Toss

  1. Person tossing the bale the longest distance will be determined the winner. Groups A and B will use a miniature bale.
  2. All others will use a normal size bale.
  3. Each contestant will get two tries to determine the official distance.
  4. Contestants will be disqualified if the bale breaks and will be eligible for entry points only.

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