This week’s photograph captures the candid interaction between a man and woman. Can you provide a caption? Remember that if you post a caption to our blog or Facebook page, your name will be entered into a caption contest. The winner, announced in September, will receive a free standard family tour of Huguenot Street.
The photo from last week featured four children in burlap sacks, presumably after a potato sack race. We don’t know who these children are or where the photo was taken, so any information that you can provide would be appreciated. Sack racing most likely began sometime in the late 18th century. During the Revolutionary War, soldiers hopped around in potato sacks to pass the long hours. Eventually it became competitive and people began racing one another while hopping in potato sacks, the object being to cross the finish line first without falling. It became so popular that the “sport” was even made an official Olympic event in 1904 [not joking]. Even though sack racing did not catch on as an Olympic event, it remains a timeless activity that is played worldwide at picnics, parties, and other like events.