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See the Sportier Side of Arm Wrestling in Emmett

Saturday, Aug. 11


Most think of arm wrestling as a favorite activity among tavern-dwelling, testosterone-laden, tank-top-wearing dudes.

But, in fact, it is an international competitive sport. Champions from across the globe will compete Monday, Sept. 10-Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the 2012 World Championship in Sao Vicente, Brazil, and one competitor is from the Gem State.

Emmett native John LaVergne qualified for the world championship when he won his second national championship in the 220-pound division of the Grand Masters class in Reno, Nev., in May.

But traveling to Brazil to help America compete for an arm wrestling victory isn't cheap. And Saturday, Aug. 11, those who think they have some upper body strength can test it against Lavergne for a donation. The champ will demonstrate his skills at the Toadstool Billiard Cafe in Emmett at 5 p.m. Attendees can bring in cash to help Lavergne seek victory in Brazil, and/or a food donation for the Emmett Food Bank.

Emmett will see another arm wrestling extravaganza Saturday, Aug. 18, when it presents the Western Idaho Arm Wrestling Challenge, which is slated to draw competitors from as many as five states, all competing in various men's and women's divisions.