At a time of amped-up competitions like cage matches and extreme obstacle-course races, there's something downright retro about a good old-fashioned arm-wrestle.
A couple of combatants, usually at a bar, usually egged on by onlookers, plant their elbows, grasp hands and try to force each other's arms down. What could be simpler, sweatier and thus more suited to that summer's-end tradition, the Maryland State Fair?
"It's mano a mano," said Steve Simons, who for the past five years has hosted an arm-wrestling tournament at the fair, which began Friday. "It's a chance for ordinary people coming to the fair to get in a competition."
For those who eschew...