HENDERSON – This month’s Last Friday, Just Add Water Street theme continues with activities for all ages and exciting activations from food, to music and competitive strength activations throughout the event. Last Friday, JAWS Festival is complimentary and will take place on Friday, May 25, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the historic Water Street District located in Downtown Henderson. Last Friday was founded to resurrect and celebrate the community’s emerging arts and culture (www.justaddwaterstreet.com).
The first time to ever descend on historic Water Street is professional arm-wrestling. The professionals are ready to meet local fans and battle it out to benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation (https://donate.garysinisefoundation.org/PullingfortheTROOPS). As part of the American Arm Warriors “We Are Pulling For You” campaign, top-level arm-wrestlers will be on hand to compete, meet members of the community, give tips on training, technique, and grip up with aspiring “pullers.”
“Everyone has arm-wrestled at least once in their lives, but to feel the power of a Professional Arm-wrestler is something completely different. You have to grip up with them to believe it, and I promise you, there is nothing like a handshake from an elite arm-wrestler in terms of a one-of-a-kind experience” says, Peter Mills, National Champion and main event feature contender.
The best in the Southwestern United States will be participating in meet-and-greet opportunities, strength displays and a workshop on the sport before competition begins. The Main event begins at 7:00 p.m. with two Title Belts to be awarded; The American Arm Warriors Super Heavy Weight Belt and Light Weight Belt. Each match is best out of six rounds. A special Ladies Match featuring two nationally ranked women is also taking place in addition to six other state and nationally ranked arm-wrestlers.
Last Friday attendees can expect to witness the following arm-wrestling titans: Peter Mills, Jeff Kirby, Finn Maka, John Bergeson, Summer Kirby, Martae Martineau, Gus Langley, Janos Szigeti, Brian Laferriere, Jim Edwards, Tori Edwards, Jake Magera and Joe Howard.
The schedule of events are as follows with the possibility of footage being used in the American Arm Warriors television show produced by Grammy Award Winner, Allen West.
Rematch between Pete "American Made" Mills (National Champion) vs Finn "The Tongan Armwrestler" Maka.
Jeff "The Bullet" Kirby vs Jake "Jungle Book" Magera.
Summer Kirby (National Champion) versus Tori Edwards; Jim Edwards (State Champion) vs. Brian Laferriere (State Champion); John Burgeson ll (Nationally Ranked) vs. Martea Matineau (State Champion); Cody Hunick (State Champion) vs. Janos Szigeti (State Champion); and Joe Howard (State Ranked) vs. Gus Langley (State Champion).
The celebrated Chef Foodie Challenge will continue to kick off at 6:45 p.m., hosted by celebrity chef Scott Commings, winner of Fox’s Season 12, Hell’s Kitchen and proud Henderson resident. Co-emcee is TC Martin of the TC Martin Show (https://www.tcmartinshow.com/) on FOX Sports 98.9FM and 1340AM.
Two reigning chefs from last year’s Foodie Challenges are competing, chef Stephen Hopcraft, Executive Chef at STK Las Vegas located at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas vs. chef Robert Lomeli, Executive Chef at Hecho en Vegas located at The MGM Grand. The foodie challenge is a secret list of foods used to prepare 1 to 3 items that will then be judged by a mix of local media, food writers and influencers. The confirmed foodie judges for this month are Spirt of Nevada’s, Samantha Chian, Nevada Governor Candidate, Stephanie Carlisle and Jamal Parker, Publisher of Las Vegas Magazine & Vegas2Go at Greenspun Media Group.
The live fun gets even more exciting with the Foodie Challenge kicking off at 6:30 p.m. with local celebrated Executive Chefs donating their time and talent to this community event.
Other activations include a live deejay, food trucks, adult libations, artists, crafts, retail pop-ups, kid’s activations, and much more! Live music will be performed by the band Rock n’ Blues beginning at 7:30 p.m.
As always, general admission to the Last Friday, JAWS Festival is complimentary. Last Friday was founded to resurrect and celebrate the community’s emerging arts and culture and sponsored by The City of Henderson and a few other deep seeded Henderson community driven partners such as the Las Vegas Weekly, Findlay Las Vegas Volkswagen, Lotus Broadcasting, Rod’s Produce Market, Mikuni Harvest and T-Mobile.
About City of Henderson
Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 302,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY and Liveability.com), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), one of the top six safest cities in America (Forbes, InsuranceProviders.com, Law Street Media, Movato.com), and a Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who choose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.
About Last Friday, Just Add Water Street
Last Friday is a community-centric initiative to inspire an ongoing effort between all sectors of Henderson both private and public with the historic Water Street District in the City of Henderson for the betterment of sustainable community growth while giving back. We look to cultivate and create a community driven, family-friendly event that inspires meaningful relationships and opportunities for all. Visit www.justaddwaterstreet.com, www.facebook.com/justaddwaterstreet, Instagram @LastFridayHenderson, and Twitter @_justaddwaterst #JAWSNV
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