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Lincoln's 'Josh Fight' Event Becomes Joust For Charity

Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Event participants were all named 'Josh'
'Josh Fight' participants battle with pool noodles at Lincoln Air ParkNBC News

Lincoln's Air Park was the host of a first-of-its kind event that's sure to become a must-attend adventure, "Josh Fight." The event is unique in that its claim to fame is that every one of the hundreds of participants is named "Josh." The brainchild of Josh Swain, a 22-year-old from Tucson, Arizona, started inauspiciously. Early in the pandemic while at home fighting boredom, the college student sent direct messages (DMs) to a number of people on various social media platforms who shared his first name. In a lighthearted and joking manner, he challenged them to a duel.

Swain's reason for creating Josh Fight was simple. “For a long time I’ve gone on Twitter and Instagram and I’ve tried to get the handle of just ‘Josh Swain’ and it’s always been taken,… one day I was like alright we can fix this.”The interest in the event exceeded his wildest expectations. “I didn’t expect the whole internet to take it and start contacting every ‘Josh’ they knew,” he explained. “I did not expect people to be as adamant about this as they are right now.”

Hundreds of people named Josh attended the festivities which occurred at Air Park in Lincoln. The location was chosen at random. Swain revealed that he picked Lincoln, Nebraska because it was a central location in country.

“We fight, whoever wins gets to keep the name, everyone else has to change their name, you have a year to prepare, good luck”

Pool Noodles and Rock, Paper, Scissors Were Played

The festivities started with Swain and another person named Josh Swain playing a “grueling and righteous battle of Rock, Paper, Scissors” for the rights to their name. The second Swain is a resident of Omaha. The winner of the duel between the two Joshes was the founder of Josh Fight. After winning this initial challenge, the attendees moved on to a pool noodle battle.

'Little Josh' Earns Ultimate Title at Lincoln's 'Josh Fight'

VIDEO: Hundreds Show Up For 'Josh Fight' in Lincoln, Nebraska

Next was the pool-noodle competition. Participants included a 4-year-old boy named Joshua Vinson Jr., who was coronated with a Burger King crown. Upon his win, the young boy was cheered by the crowd and hoisted into the air as well.By all accounts, the Josh Fight was a success as the event resulted in the collection of 300 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Lincoln. In addition, it raised more than $10,000 for the Children's Hospital and Medical Center Foundation in Omaha. The Center is a provider of medical services to children across Nebraska.
Original Facebook message sent by Josh Fight founder, Josh SwainKLKN-TV

Following the successful event, the organizer, Josh Swain, took to Reddit to post his gratitude to all who participated. Swain — now known as "THE Josh Swain" — revealed that he didn't have "a single idea how the event would play out" and was worried about how many people may or may not show up. He was happily surprised at the turnout, however, explaining the participants of Josh Fight as "incredibly respectful, polite, joyful, and just awesome overall.

"Man, you guys absolutely rocked it," he said. "From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for making the Josh Swain Battle Royale, Josh Fight, JoshvsJoshvsJosh, etc. one of the greatest events of my entire life."

In the 1980s, the name 'Jessica' bumped Jennifer down to No. 2 and the decade also saw 'Amanda' and 'Joshua' rise to prominence.

STATISTICS: Popular names from the 1980s
The name 'Josh' became popular most recently in the 1980sBusiness Insider

The changes in society reflect in the names chosen by parents when naming their children. In an article in Huffington Post, the most popular names from 50 years ago - in 1971 - show a vast change in the choices of names for children, both boys and girls.In Lincoln, Nebraska and in the state overall, the name "Josh" only ranked at #63 in popularity, according to the website.

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