It was a battle for glory and greatness — and to be titled the supreme Josh — in Lincoln, Nebraska, where over 200 men named Josh defended the right to their name.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Joshes wore elaborate costumes to the second annual Josh Fight. This year, people who weren’t named Josh also attended and, together with the Josh army, helped raise over $20,500 for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
“Lincoln, you’ve done it again,” event organizer Josh Swain announced. “The enthusiasm from everybody here was just incredible.”
Swain started the Josh Fight by accident when he sent out a Facebook message to everyone with his name in 2020. “We fight, whoever wins gets to keep the name, everyone else has to change their name, you have a year to prepare, good luck,” the message read. The idea snowballed into a pool noodle battle royal for charity.
The first event, held in April 2021, raised over $8,000 for Children’s Hospital, and a 5-year-old named Josh Vinson Jr. was declared the pool noodle fight winner.
He retained his crown as top Josh for a second year in a row — but he had strong competition from this year’s runner-up, 4-year-old Josh Folmar.
Will Josh Vinson Jr. perform a hat trick when the Josh Fight returns in 2023? Only time will tell.