This past weekend saw the second annual pool noodle fight in Lincoln, Nebraska to select the ultimate Josh.
Associated Press reports that the event—which started out as a meme—once again brought a couple hundred people to the Midwest state, with pool noodles in hand. The battle originated from a joke made by Josh Swain in 2020, who, after connecting with a few other Josh Swain’s on Facebook, challenged them to a duel to decide the best Josh, set for a year later. Seeing that the joke was gaining traction, the Tucson, Arizona native made it a real event and selected random coordinates that ended up being in Lincoln’s Bowling Lake Park.
“The enthusiasm from everybody here was just incredible,” Swain said to the Lincoln Journal Star.
This year’s contenders wore their best costumes, which ran the gamut of masks, animal suits, and football helmets. Last year’s No. 1 Josh winner, 5-year-old Josh Vinson Jr., also returned to protect his title.