Armed forces

On Saturday afternoon, Desoto Lounge held its second women’s arm wrestling tournament. If the event was one of the west side’s best kept secrets, it won’t be for long: The advance signup maxed out at 16 competitors and the bar’s back room (set up with a professional arm wrestling table on a small stage) was packed with onlookers.

And, in case anyone doubts the fierceness of a women-only event, rest assured the matches were cutthroat. In a tough-but-friendly sort of way. While there were broad shoulders and cut biceps to spare, it wasn’t only the burliest contenders who dusted the competition. Scrappy farm girls made a good showing. And, though most bouts concluded in the time it took to capture a single Instagram, matches that extended toward the minute-mark were rewarded with cheers and shouts of encouragement.

While a date for the next arm wrestling match has yet to be set, look for one around February. And plan to arrive early.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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