Silt man to host Strongman competition at GarCo Fair
After five years of training and hoping for a chance to bring the Strongman competition to Garfield County, Silt’s Greg Orosz, 26, finally got the opportunity to do just that, starting this year at the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo at the fairgrounds in Rifle on Aug. 6.
With the competition centered around a more modern eclectic strength competition in which competitors display their raw functional strength through exercises such as lifting rocks, toting refrigerators, pulling trains and towing an eighteen wheel truck behind them, the level of interest in the sport has skyrocketed at the grassroots level. Now, thanks to Orosz’s push for the competition here in the valley, the sport will officially make its way to Garfield County, as competitors officially start the competition at 10 a.m.
“I really just want to get people interested in this sport,” Orosz said. “You get to see it on TV, and it’s pretty cool in that form, but there’s nothing like watching the competition live. It’s completely different when you’re there in person. This is the only sport I’ve personally ever done where every single person you’re competing with knows exactly what you’re up against and has gone through what you have to go through in those events. Hopefully, through this competition it inspires someone.”
The competition will feature the natural stone overhead press, the tire-flip and farmer’s walk medley, an axle dead lift with a 2-inch diameter bar instead of the standard weight lifting bar, an Atlas press with a boulder and a truck pull of a half-ton Ford truck donated by Glenwood Ford.
Not only is Orosz hoping to inspire someone through the competition, he’s looking to raise funds for Brent’s Place in Aurora, which is the only Children’s Hospital Colorado-approved Safe-Clean housing facility for immune-compromised patients and their families, providing a living environment that is essential to healing and recovery.
When Orosz’s cousin was going through treatment for leukemia a few years ago, Brent’s Place helped house and feed Orosz’s family during the time his cousin was going through treatment for nearly 200 days. With three square meals a day, private housing and a clean atmosphere, the time spent at Brent’s Place broke down to almost $92 a day.
Wanting to give back to the place that was so great to his family during a very trying time, Orosz will donate all proceeds from the Strongman competition to the Aurora-based organization in hopes of helping other families and patients down the line.
As of now, Orosz has raised more than $2,000 just from donations.
Registration for the competition is still open, with roughly eight competitors signed up at this point. Competitors looking to sign up can visit the Garfield County rodeo website, or can email Orosz at email@example.com.