By: Andy Crawford
When was the last time you shot skeet? Relaxed beside a pond and cast out a line? Spent the night underneath the stars? Or went more than an hour in the great outdoors doing something other than mowing your lawn?
If you’re like me, you struggle to find time to enjoy such pursuits. We stay busy day to day, and before we know it it’s been years since we truly enjoyed the great outdoors and the soul enriching activities it has to offer.
Fortunately, we don’t have to delay much longer.
Man Day was founded by a friend of mine, Kevin Cash. He started the event to give men an opportunity to get out of the daily rut of modern life, and have some good ole’ fashioned fun and fellowship. It’s turned into an amazing event, and I’ve been inspired by Kevin’s vision and success.
Check out the video, and my interview with Kevin below. And don’t miss the details about Man Day at the end.
Can you introduce yourself and let people know a little about your background?
My wife’s name is Lauren, and we have two beautiful children- Henry (3) and Caroline (1). When I’m not doing interviews for Man Day, I work at Christian Roofing and Remodeling as a Sales Manager.
How did Man Day get started?
Man Day was created when I discovered a lot of men (young and old) in our church had never fired a gun, so we scheduled a skeet shoot and had an overwhelming response. I realized that even though the majority of the people that attended had never fired a gun, or even owned one, the desire to fellowship with each other and to make something go boom lies somewhere in all of us. We built on that idea, and started adding other activities. The event grew from there. We had over 100 guys attend last year.
I’ve always loved the outdoors and all that it is associated with that: hunting, fishing, camping, etc. I love introducing it to others, as well as the fellowship and camaraderie it promotes. So I will look for any good reason to be outside doing manly things, and Man Day is that.
So what kind of activities do y’all do on Man Day?
The event is held on my grandfather’s farm in Nicholson, Georgia (about 10 miles north of Athens), and we set up right where the woods meet the pasture. There are two lakes people can fish from, and we have an organized skeet shoot. We give awards and raffle off prizes. It is a camping/tailgating type of atmosphere, including horse shoes, corn hole, card games, and ping pong. We also have a fun archery challenge that you will have to come to see! Did I mention lots and lots of BBQ? We cook it on site.
Other than his manhood, what should a man bring to Man Day?
A camping chair, fishing pole, shotgun, and any other camping stuff. If they don’t have any of those things, no worries! We will have extra supplies.
The event costs $15/person, and that pays for the BBQ and a box of ammo. Kids 12 and under get in free.
So how old are the men at Man Day? Is it mainly for guys in their 20s and 30s?
Man Day is designed for all ages. This is my favorite part about the event. At the first Man Day, I remember a 9 year-old and a 60 year-old shooting skeet beside each other. Neither had ever experienced the thrill of firing a gun at a clay pigeon before. Even though neither of them hit many of the targets, I remember they had matching smiles. All men, young and old, are still 9 years-old at heart.
Why do you think Man Day has become such a success?
It’s successful because men need fellowship. Its successful because it brings together men of all ages. It’s successful because for one afternoon or night a year men get to be men.
We create an environment that refuses to let anyone not have an absolute blast! The other reason it’s a success is because men have stepped up and donated time and money to our day. I’m constantly amazed at how contagious this event is and how everyone wants to help it grow.
And did I mention it’s a bunch of guys hanging out fishing, shooting guns, and eating lots and lots of BBQ?
The video you produced advertising for Man Day is hilarious, but does it also imply that men have a hard time in the day to day grind of life? If so, why do you think that is?
I think everyone, men and women, have a hard time with the grind of life. I think it’s easy to get bogged down in the monotony of life’s tasks. Men particularly need moments to prove they are men. It’s is embedded in each man.
Every time I need to cut the grass, my son and I “work” on the lawn mower. I hand my three-year-old a hammer or a wrench, and we just hammer and twist bolts because we are men and it feels good. We then sit on the lawn mower and crank it together. We yell things like “fire up,” and “come on old John” (duh, it’s green and yellow). After it finally fires up, he looks at me and says, “Dad, we did it. We can fix anything.” Those are the experiences we try to create through Man Day.
Lastly, if a man needs to tell his wife or girlfriend what he’s doing Friday night, how can he explain it in one sentence?
He ain’t telling her nothing. He is begging for her permission. We are men, but “happy wife, happy life.”
Man Day 2014 is this Friday, April 25th. Festivities start around 5:00, and continue through the night. Admission is $15/person, and you are welcome leave or stay the night.
Location: 1352 Sanford Road Nicholson, GA 30565
Further info is available here.