The Florida Man phenomenon has been a source of entertainment and controversy for years.
The meme, which began in the 2010s, features headlines with an unnamed Floridian protagonist at the center of bizarre or outrageous stories.
While some have criticized the meme for making light of serious crimes or mental health issues, others see it as a way to celebrate the unique and zany nature of the Sunshine State.
The event, which is scheduled for February in St. Augustine, has already received over 200 applications from teams across Florida and is expected to draw a crowd of 5,000 to 10,000 people.
While some have expressed concerns about the Florida Man Games celebrating crime or lawbreaking, Melfi insists that the event is meant to be lighthearted and fun.
The games will include events like the “Evading Arrest Obstacle Course,” where contestants will race through a course of Floridian backyards and chain-link fences, chased by real law enforcement officers from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
The “Category Five Cash Grab” will place contestants in a wind tunnel and challenge them to gather swirling wads of cash in a mock hurricane.
Organizers plan to select 16 teams of five contestants each from across Florida to compete in the marquee events for an alligator trophy and a $1,000 cash prize.
Spectators will also be able to participate in other fairground activities, including a competition for the best mullet and selfie opportunities with alligators.
While some may view the Florida Man Games as controversial, others see it as a celebration of Florida’s unique culture and spirit.
With thousands of Floridians already showing interest in the event, it seems that the Florida Man phenomenon is here to stay.