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New York City hosted the first annual banjo-player throwing contest today with locals declaring it a roaring success.

Organisers say that the first banjo-player throwing competition comes on the back of the more well-known banjo throwing event. And while they were quick to call it a success they have also deemed it a necessity.

The banjo has inexplicably become more popular over the last few years which prompted the founding of the contest, much to the delight of other musicians.

Organisers: "This is the first of what we hope are many more banjo-player throwing contests to come. The fact the first one was so popular bodes well for the future!"

"I mean, who wouldn't want the chance to throw a banjo-player as far as they can? The competitors are mainly other musicians. Fiddle players, flute player, you name it. We're hoping to break into the world's strongest man and woman market. That's when it'll get really serious."

The distance the banjo-player is thrown is measured in ISLs, Ideal Session Lengths, which roughly translates to the width of 8 people. Competitors don't stand at a line and throw but rather at an ongoing session with the aim to get the banjo-player as far away from the sessions as possible.

This year's event was won by fiddle player Thaddeus O'Luanaigh from Limerick, who says the constant noodling and strumming of many young banjo players inspired him to fly to New York and take up the sport..

"It's very rare that you get to do something you love as a sport. I tried it out in the local session once when I got a bit angry but the Gardai weren't too keen on it. Now I have a proper outlet for my anger issues!"


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