Hundreds Of People Named Josh Engage In Mock Fight In Nebraska


How many Joshes do you know in your life?

In this bizarre gathering, hundreds of Joshes showed up at a park in Nebraska on Sunday to determine who the ultimate Josh is.

The whole thing started a year ago at the height of the pandemic. A bored Josh Swain, 22, from Tucson, AZ, turned to his Facebook account to reach out to the other Josh Swains on the social media site and challenged them to a duel.

In his group chat with other people with the same name as his, Swain said: “We fight, whoever wins gets to keep the name, everyone else has to change their name. You have a year to prepare; good luck.”

Swain wasn’t serious about fighting, but since it got picked up and became viral on social media, lots of people chimed in as well. Ever since then, the planning for the first #JoshFight hasn’t stopped.

And true enough, hundreds of people flocked to Air Park in Lincoln for a day of fun. 

Before a pool noodle brawl started, Josh Swain from AZ and another Josh Swain from Omaha, NE, played a “grueling and righteous battle of Rock, Paper, Scissors.” The Josh Swain that won, in the end, was the original organizer of the whole uproar. He was able to win the title of the true Josh Swain.

After that, they all had a pool noodle competition with anyone with a Josh first name. At the end of the brawl, the winner emerged with a paper crown on his head. The game-winner was four-year-old Joshua Vinson Jr. He won bragging rights and received a Burger King crown.

Swain, the organizer, was surprised about how this whole thing gained traction. “I did not expect people to be as adamant about this as they are right now.”

Another Josh who attended, Josh Kelsey, said that he drove from St. Louis. “I was expecting 30 people at max. This is insane.”

The event attendees were able to donate 200 to 300 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Lincoln. They were also able to raise over $8,000 for the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Foundation in Omaha.