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Beast of the Bluegrass

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By John Herndon

The old saying that someone is "as strong as an ox" might be an understatement Saturday when the inaugural Beast of the Bluegrass strongman competition is held in the pavilion at Eagle Lake Convention Center.

To win one of the four divisional designations of Beast of the Bluegrass, competitors will be required to compete in five different events.

In addition to a first place trophy, winners will also receive an invitation to the North American Ameteur Strongman National competition to be held in Utah this fall, according to event organizer Davey McCann.

An Anderson County native who now lives in Lexington and works in forensics with the Kentucky State Police, McCann won the title of Strongest Man in Kentucky last fall.

He also entered the heavyweight division of the West Virginia state competition, winning that title as well.

As the event's organizer, McCann will not be competing in the Beast of the Bluegrass.

At press time, McCann's twin brother, Rob, who has also been successful in a lighter weight class, was undecided if he will compete.

McCann expects between 15-20 competitors and has received in-state entries from Richmond, Somerset, Louisville and Lawrenceburg.

He says competitors from Tennessee and Georgia have also entered.

Entries will be taken until the day of competition with weigh-ins at 10 a.m. and presentation of rules at 10:30.

The Beast of the Bluegrass competition is believed to be the first of its kind in Anderson County and will feature five different events: log press medley, yoke and farmer's walk, dead lift, truck pull and Atlas stones.

The yoke is similar to a mobile squat rack in that competitors will have to walk 80 feet with their assigned weights. The farmer's walk requires competitors to walk 80 feet with an assigned weight.

The truck pull is just what it says. Competitors will be harnessed to a truck, which they will attempt to pull 50 feet.

McCann, who took up the strongman competition while playing football at Georgetown College, says he hopes that the Beast of the Bluegrass will be the first of many strongman events in Anderson County.

For more information or questions about competing, contact McCann atdaveym61@hotmail.com.

Entry forms can also be found atwww.northamericanstrongmaninc.com.