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After a viral first edition, the sequel to Josh Fight is scheduled for May at Lincoln |  Local


What’s better than hundreds of people named Josh hitting each other with pool noodles?

Hundreds of Joshes battle it out two years in a row, but this time with food trucks, a costume contest and prizes.

A year ago, Arizona native Josh Swain sent out a tweet, joking that he would fight everyone with the same name. The idea went viral on social media, and much to Swain’s surprise, people started talking about visiting the random coordinates he mentioned.






Josh Swain came to Lincoln from Arizona last year to host the first Josh Fight.


KENNETH FERRIERA, Journal Star archive photo


Swain knew he had to follow his plan, so he drove to Lincoln, where hundreds of Joshes grabbed pool noodles from an open field at Air Park for the first set of Josh Fights on April 23, 2021.

After a viral first edition, the sequel to Josh Fight is scheduled for May at Lincoln |  Local

Now Swain is looking to defend his name once again with an anniversary Josh Fight on May 21. This year, the event will take place at 11 a.m. at Bowling Lake Park. Ticket sales ($11 fighters, $10 spectators) will go to Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Both Joshes and non-Joshes are welcome, as food trucks from Tastee Trailer and Taco Loco will be there. Winners of the costume contest will receive gift baskets donated by Lincoln Airport.

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Swain also sells Josh Fight products. All proceeds from the T-shirts and pins will go to Partners in Health, a national organization that prevents maternal and child mortality.

Last year, Swain’s event raised more than $44,000 for Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Part of the reason the event went so well, he says, is due to its location. Swain said Nebraskanians are generous and welcomed the Josh Fight with open arms. He is now an honorary citizen of Lincoln, an honor bestowed by the mayor after last year’s fight.

“I don’t think this event would work anywhere else,” Swain said. “Lincoln people are so nice.”

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Last year’s event turned out much better than Swain ever imagined, he said. It was a miracle, everything fell into place at the last minute. With more time to plan this year, he hopes for bigger and better.

“People loved it last year and said they wanted it again,” Swain said. “Who am I to deprive them of it?

And maybe – just maybe – Swain said, the Josh Fight will become an annual event.

“If all goes well this year, maybe we should continue,” he said.

Contact the writer at jthompson@journalstar.com

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