What: Second Annual LeftFest – Fort Wayne
When: Wednesday, August 13
Where: 4005 South Wayne Ave., Fort Wayne
Time: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Why: To celebrate Southpaws and their contributions and to bring attention to the challenges they face adapting to a world designed for right- handed people.
Funds will be raised to give a helping South”paw” to the Allen County SPCA by encouraging attendees to drop a quarter in a special container every time they use the “R” word to mean “correct”.
Every year Southpaws celebrate International Left-handers Day around the world on August 13. Just like St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for the Irish, Leftfest will be lots of fun for everyone. It’s a great time for other handed parents of young southpaw children to get assistance in teaching them to tie their shoes! This year the Fort Wayne celebration will be bigger with more events and activities for Southpaws and other-handed people alike to enjoy. The festivities have expanded thanks to our sponsors: The Jerome and Marganelle Henry Foundation, Sweetwater, Jimmie John’s (Downtown), CVC Communications, JH Specialty and Born Again Quilts.
The place to be is 4000 South Wayne Ave., two blocks South of Rudisill Blvd. Additional parking is available at the First Missionary Church catty-corner from the festivities.
In the 4000 block you will find food prepared by Matt and Dan the two southpaw chefs at the Friendly Fox, a 13% off sale and left-hand cookies at Born Again Quilts, Glass-blower extraordinaire Eran Park and Barber Joe’s featuring Tim the Southpaw Barber round out the block.
Several food truck vendors will be parked over at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 202 W. Rudisill from 3-8 p.m. if you wish to grab-and go.
1:00 p.m. In memory of his southpaw father Jerome Henry, Tony Henry representing the entire Henry Clan will kick off the day with the reading of the Bill of Lefts.
1:15 The Lefty Trivia Contest featuring local celebrity lefties will test your knowledge of lefty actors, musicians, artists, authors, sports figures, and other famous and infamous lefties. Don’t be right out. You may walk away with a prize.
2:00 Left-throw Corn Hole Competition sponsored by the Downtown Jimmy John’s. Anyone can enter but you must compete left-handed.
3:00 Lefties Got Talent. Whether you sing, dance, recite poetry, perform magic or do stand up come out and strut your creative leftiness to an appreciative audience.
3:30 “The Sinister Hand” an informative presentation by Southpaw Marilyn Moran Townsend was first delivered at the Fort Wayne Quest Club to rave reviews by southpaws and other handed people alike. Sponsored by CVC Communications
5:00 – 7 Bring the lawn chair or blanket! Whatzup Magazine’s 2014 Country Music Performer of the Year Hubie Ashcraft will take center stage to give left-handed assistance to budding guitarists as he plays the hits either composed by or made famous by Southpaws no matter what their music genre. His appearance is sponsored by Sweetwater.