Sadie Hawkins: A race to get a date


Kaitlyn Hankard

The Winter Ball is a Sadie Hawkins dance, where the girls ask the guys. But do you know why it’s called Sadie Hawkins? Read on to find out!

Girls, get your proposals ready because Winter Ball is on the horizon. Like many years in the past, CHS is having a Sadie Hawkins-styled Winter Ball, set for February 6. But do you even know how this Sadie Hawkins tradition even started?

First off, Sadie Hawkins was not an actual person. She is a made-up character who made her debut in cartoon artist Al Capp’s November 15, 1937 comic strip called “Li’l Abner.”

This comic strip was set in the fictional mountain village of Dogpatch, Kentucky. Sadie was the daughter of Hezekiah Hawkins, the town’s most wealthy and powerful man, and she was fed up with waiting for a man to sweep her off her feet and marry her.

Despite how impatient she was, it was hard to find a guy right for her because Sadie was so ugly. This terrified Hezekiah since his “ancient” 35-year-old daughter would suffer, according to the writers at, the “worst humiliation a woman could ever experience”; being an old maid; so he took the matter into his own hands.

He called all the bachelors in town, declared it “Sadie Hawkins Day” (November 13) and ordered a race of eligible bachelors with Sadie chasing after them. When a man was caught, he would be legally bound to marry her.

With this information both seniors Allison Matter and Kaitlin Albright said, “I think that this is hilarious! I never knew that before, and it is interesting to know that that is how it all started.”