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Sadie Hawkins Dance

Geoli Yeager, News Editor

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The Sadie Hawkins Dance is a tradition that dates back to 1937. So who was Sadie Hawkins? Believe it or not she was a comic strip character in the artist Al Capp’s comic strip “Li’l Abner”. In Li’l Abner there was a day in Dogpatch, Kentucky that bachelors feared and unmarried women anticipated and it all started with Sadie Hawkin the daughter of Hezekiah Hawkins, one of the town’s first settlers. When Sadie turned 35 her father started to fear that his daughter would live to be an old maid so he declared that a race with all the single men would occur around Dogpatch and Sadie got to marry the slowest man, or whoever it was she caught. After the first Sadie Hawkins day all of the single women of Dogpatch insisted that this became and yearly event, and so it was prompting Al Capp to make a Sadie Hawkin strip every year.

Two years after the original Sadie Hawkins strip was published colleges across America started holding dances inspired by the comic. Over 200 colleges held dances of a similar nature that November finally giving women a reason to ask men to dance. In a November 1941 issue, Life celebrated with the students at the University of North Carolina and around 500 other groups from all over America as they celebrated Sadie Hawkins day “the only holiday based on events in a comic strip.” Over the years this “holiday” grew bigger and bigger until it reached the level that it stands at today.

That brings me to my point OUR Sadie Hawkins dance that is to be held for 9th through 12th grade on February 15th 2018 from 6 to 8 o’clock. This event is sponsored by our Student Council and to keep with tradition the girls are to ask the guys. This fun-filled night will also provide Chick-fil-A, Pizza, A Photo Booth, and a DJ. This will certainly be a night to remember! Sign up now! Forms are on your graduation class of page.

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