Contestants face off at last year's annual Women's Arm Wrestling Tournament benefitting local radio station WOVV.
Contestants face off at last year’s annual Women’s Arm Wrestling Tournament benefiting local radio station WOVV.

The Seventh Annual Women’s Arm Wrestling Tournament, one of Ocracoke’s most unusual and fun fundraisers, has been moved to the Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (June 16) because of recent and forecast rains.

Originally scheduled to take place behind the Village Thrift, across from the Community Square, the deluge Wednesday morning and with more rain forecast, event organizer Tommy Hutcherson decided to move the event indoors. 

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.

Nationally-ranked  arm wrestler Giles Russell will once again referee the competition and Bill Cole (the Voice of the Ocracoke Dolphin basketball games) will announce the contestants.

While the contestants dress-up in campy cosstumes and have clever names, this is also a serious competition.

Melissa Owsley Giles Russell
Last year’s winner Melessa Owsley, right, tries her luck with Giles Russell, an arm wrestling champion in his own right and the event referee. Photo: P. Vankevich

Some of the monikers over the years include: Karm the Arm, ARM-erican Psycho, Hanna-Belle Lector, Wench Press, Rotator Cuff Reaper, Bobby Knocks Your Socks Off, Nurse Ratchet, The Lawbrawnian, Dorothy the Dominator, Demolition Dolly, Crystal River Bone Crusher, The Baker and  Banana Slug.

Last year, Melessa Owsley from Rittmann, Ohio, also known as “Fat Jesus,” was the winner.  The name comes from a “Not You, Fat Jesus” Zach Gallifinakis t-shirt she wore when registering for her first tournament.

Second place went to The Baker (Lauren Strohl), proprietor of Graceful Bakery and third place went to Salvador Dalia (Katy Mitchell) proprietor of the Magic Bean.

Ocracoke’s nonprofit community radio station WOVV 90.1 FM organizes it and is the beneficiary of proceeds.

Prizes totaling more than $1,000 in value generously donated by several island businesses will be awarded to the top two wrestlers and the top three costumes.

Contestants can still register between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the radio station now located on Back Road across from Ocracoke Coffee, or onsite up to an hour before the event. 

For more information, contact the station at, or 252 928-9688

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'Salvador Dalia' (Katy Mitchell) and 'Shark Attack' (Kelley Shinn) at last year's event. Photo: C. Leinbach
‘Salvador Dalia’ (Katy Mitchell) and ‘Shark Attack’ (Kelley Shinn) at last year’s event. Photo: C. Leinbach
Melessa Owsley, "Fat Jesus" with her first-place trophy. Photo: C. Leinbach
Melessa Owsley, “Fat Jesus” with her first-place trophy. Photo: C. Leinbach


Real life, Katy Mitchell, left and Lauren Strohl square off. Photo by P. Vankevich
Real life, Katy Mitchell, left and Lauren Strohl square off. Photo by P. Vankevich
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