‘Strongman’ competition to be bigger

Press Release

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s annual Home Show is a weekend full of excitement, with more than 70 exhibitors and roughly 4,000 visitors each year.
This year’s show, which runs May 11-12, will feature the return of the Fort Frances “Strongman” competition as the main entertainment on the Saturday afternoon at the Memorial Sports Centre for sport enthusiasts and family audiences.
The competition is being organized by local “strongman” Luke Skaarup and Chamber manager Anthony Mason, and will be one of the biggest such competitions in Western Canada this year.
The event will be refereed by Jeff Peterson of Minneapolis (a former U.S. pro strongman) and emceed by Kateri Skaarup of Thunder Bay.
This family-friendly event, set to run from 3-7 p.m., will feature top-ranked athletes from Ontario, Western Canada, and the U.S.
Admission is $5, with children under six free.
The local competition will display real feats of strength, with performances comparable to those seen on TV for the World’s Strongest Man and the All-Strength Challenges.
This dynamic sport creates excitement with feats of strength that real people can relate to, such as lifting a car, flipping a huge tire, pulling a truck, pressing heavy objects overhead, or lifting large stones.
In addition to the competition, there also will be a Zumba demonstration by Energy Fitness and a women’s challenge event, where women in the audience can compete for bragging rights in a 95-pound barbell press challenge for maximum repetitions.
Then there will be an after-party at Boston Pizza, where enthusiasts can come to meet and greet the athletes, who will include Kyle Rayner of Thunder Bay, who finished second at the 2011 Ontario Strongest Man competition.
Also confirmed to attend is Joel Dircks of Mankato, Mn., crowned Minnesota’s Strongest Man in 2010, and Scott Cummine of Regina, a four-time winner as Western Canada’s Strongest Man.
You can check Facebook for regular updates at “Fort Frances Strongman.”
For more information, contact Skaarup at 276-4866 or Mason at 274-5773.