Battle Mountain Celebrates Armpit Fesitval

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Residents of Battle Mountain raised their armpits with pride in a tribute to their town and underarms everywhere.

About 2,000 turned out over the weekend for the community's second annual "Festival in the Pit" - a takeoff from Battle Mountain being named the "Armpit of America" by a Washington Post reporter in 2001.

This year's festival was sponsored by Old Spice, the maker of men's deodorant and cologne.

Events included an Old Spice deodorant toss and armpit beauty contest, as well as the more traditional amusements of hot air balloon rides, bed races, mud bogs and team roping competitions.

Lander County Commission Mickey Yarbaro called the three-day festival the "most successful" event in the town's history.

Besides that, he said, it "captured the spirit of the town and brought the residents together to show how fun, interesting and wonderful an armpit can be."

Battle Mountain, with a population of about 3,000, is located 215 miles east of Reno along Interstate 80.