LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN)On Saturday, hundreds of people showed up at the Air Park Green Area, most of them named Josh.
The fighting was with pool noodles and not actual fist fighting. One 10/11 NOW reporter described the scene as mayhem.
The original internet post was started as a joke by Josh Swain at the start of the pandemic. He claimed there could only be one Josh Swain, so he challenged them to a fight at random coordinates that he picked. And it ended up being in Lincoln.
The idea for the ultimate Josh contest came from Josh Swain, a college student from Tucson, Arizona, according to The Associated Press. Swain sent the following Facebook message to a group of people with his name in 2020, according to KLKN: “We fight, whoever wins gets to keep the name, everyone else has to change their name, you have a year to prepare, good luck.”
Joshes and people not named Josh came from South Dakota, Houston and New York to watch this fight.
“This is going to happen and it’s going to be insane,” said Josh Swain, Arizona. ”There were so many people. People coming from Houston from Colorado from Washington. People coming from all over for this event. I don’t know why but it’s insane. It’s incredible.”
When the dust settled, 4-year-old Josh Vinson Jr. — dubbed “Little Josh” by the crowd of onlookers — took the crown after a spirited battle in Lincoln, Nebraska, the newspaper reported. The newly crowned Josh was unable to keep the crown on his head, as it dropped to his shoulders, but he proudly wore his championship belt, the newspaper reported.
The pool noodle event followed and was open to all people whose first name was Josh.
There was even another Josh Swain in attendance from Omaha. They battled it out in rock, paper, scissors and the Arizona Josh Swain won.
The organizer Josh Swain helped create a fund for Nebraska’s Children Hospital and The Food Bank of Lincoln.