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CMT 'Redneck' reality show comes to Davenport


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Posted Online: Feb. 25, 2013, 7:22 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
America's "favorite redneck family" visits Davenport on Saturday as part of the cross-country road trip in CMT's "My Big Redneck Vacation."

The cable reality show now in its third season follows a modern-day hillbilly family -- the Clampets from Shreveport, La. -- on their road trip to places such as Miami's South Beach, Washington, D.C., Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, a dude ranch in Colorado, Area 51 in Nevada and an American Indian reservation in the Grand Canyon.

Saturday's hourlong episode airs at 8 p.m., hosted by Ottumwa, Iowa, native Tom Arnold. The show takes the family from Mount Rushmore down along the Mississippi River to sample their dream job: working in a brewery at Great River Brewery, 332 E. 2nd St., Davenport. Filmed here last fall, the episode includes scenes at an area farm shooting corn and pumpkins and aboard a house boat on the river, CMT spokeswoman Heather Allison said Monday.

"They look for fun things to do along the way," she said of the family. "They worked at Great River canning, helping make the beer. They are big beer drinkers; this was a big dream for them."

In the episode, Michelle's pregnancy brings an end to the vacation for her and Jared, who decide to head back to Shreveport at the next stop. The Clampets (which include four couples) are disappointed, but their mood quickly changes when they arrive at the Great River brewing factory.

They tour the factory and ace the special beer tasting course. "Then, the family is amazed that they will be staying on a house boat on the Mississippi — a redneck dream come true," according to the show synopsis.

After Jared buys roses for Michelle and convinces her to stay one more day, the Clampets go to work at the factory "working the line" where the beer is canned. Enjoying his last day on the trip, Jared takes the lead on some serious on-the-job drinking, and the beer shenanigans quickly ensue.

Jared, 29, has one son and is married to Michelle, 24. They now have one daughter together, Lillian. Jared enjoys hunting, fishing and mud riding. Michelle is described as a "girly girl who enjoys shopping and having her nails done, but these things don't stop her from getting down and dirty either — she also enjoys mud riding, fishing and hunting with Jared."

For more information on "My Big Redneck Vacation," visit cmt.com/shows.



















 



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