by Al Myers
The event we have been waiting for a long time is almost here! Mike Locondro, retail manager of York Barbell, has put LOTS of work and effort into this historic event. We are very fortunate to be able to share in this event by having our Heavy Lift Nationals in conjunction with it. Mike has made it clear that this may become an annual affair, and plans to continue the tradition that Bob Hoffman started many years ago of hosting an annual York Picnic that drew in lifters and spectators alike that wanted to share in the experience of celebrating a day of enjoyment centered around York and all types of strength feats.
The official name for this function is the “Wounded Warrior Kettlebell Benefit and Strength Festival”. Mike Krivka will be teaching and conducting a RKC Kettlebell workshop throughout the day. There will also be crossfit demos and bending demos. Other contests of strength will be contested throughout the day. I have heard there might be a 2″ bar lift competition - I might have to enter that one! There will also be lots of raffles. Steve Stanko’s daughter has donated some of her Dad’s personal equipment to be sold in a silent auction with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project benefit. So bring along extra money!!! You may want to take part in some of the special auctions. Mike has told me that because of this charity benefit, several members of our armed forces will be in attendance.
The highlight of the day will be the York Hall of Fame Induction of Slim the Hammerman. What an opportunity to get your picture taken with a strength legend! Now on top of this, Mike has said that Joe “the Mighty Atom” Greenstein will also be inducted into the York Hall of Fame. Things just keep getting better! I know, without a doubt, that this day will go down in USAWA history as a day we will never forget. I’m sure the attendance will include a “who’s who” of the strength world. See everyone there!