What do President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Napoleon Bonaparte, and even Babe Ruth have in common? They are, or were, left-handed, like yours truly. I have always been different (in more ways than one), but as a lefty, and the only one in my family, those differences become even more pronounced at the most inconvenient moments, such as tight booths in restaurants where I must strategically place myself so as not to poke someone with my elbow. And let's not forget the classroom, where seemingly every desk chair is fitted for right-handed people and a lefty must sit at an awkward angle to write. I have always enjoyed searching for products that were made to suit southpaws but then had to learn how to use them because I had only used them the "right-handed" way. But I digress. Every lefty has felt at some point as if we must adapt to our surroundings, a world where most things were made with right-handed people in mind and we must deal with it. It's nice to know that left-handed people haven't been forgotten and, in the case of LeftFest
, can be celebrated for their uniqueness.
Fort Wayne truly is a city that welcomes and accepts everyone, and the LeftFest is one of those occasions that celebrates that uniqueness of just 10% of the world's population. The 3rd Annual Leftfest, a festival to celebrate the southpaw, coincides with the 39th International Left-Handers Day on August 13th. This is a great opportunity to learn about famous lefties and their contribution to society, witness the talent of local lefties from the Fort Wayne area, and participate in events that contribute to the Allen County SPCA. There are also food selections available for the afternoon and evening, from 1PM - 7PM. More information can be found on the event's Facebook page here.
LeftFest (August 13, 2015)
4005 South Wayne Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN