'More than a bar scene' arm wrestlers flex at 4-H fair

    22 competitors challenged for 1st and 2nd place at the 4-H Fair on Saturday.

    (Ryan M.L. Young/The Elkhart Truth, File)

    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.

    The 2014 4-H Fair Arm Wrestling competition had 22 participants this year, many of whom are only starting to flex their muscles for competitions this summer. 

    The women’s class consisted of five competitors, with Shyla Southern taking first and Jean Smith, a leader in the Saddle Club, taking second. 

    The men’s class was divided by weight with Craig Harris taking first and Ethan Guy in second for the 165 and under class. Jason Souza took first in the 166 to 180 class with Craig Harris finishing in second. Jim Fox took first and Alec Milejczah took second in the 181 to 195 weight class. There were no competitors for the 196 to 210 weight. Josh Moore took first in the 210 and up while Ferris Durik came in second. 

    The competition was sponsored by Bail Home Improvement

    Jen Prough, a board member for 22 years, oversaw the bracketing of the competition. 

    "I enjoy being able to give back," says Prough. Most of her board duties are wrapped up before fair week, which allowed her to step in to fill a much needed hole four years ago as judge for the competition. 

    "The guys that come out for these competitions say that they want this to be more than a bar scene,” says Prough. She went onto explain that many of the competitors train for arm wrestling like any sport. 

    She also oversees an arm wrestling competition that is apart of the Middlebury Summer Festival. Registration for this event will be on Aug. 9 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in Memorial Park in downtown Middlebury.

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