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NATIONAL WALK ON STILTS DAY – July 27

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NATIONAL WALK ON STILTS DAY

So many people are much taller while they are walking around each year on July 27 as it is National Walk on Stilts Day.  To join in the fun, get a pair of stilts for yourself, find your balance and start practicing.

“Walking stilts are poles equipped with steps for the feet to stand on, and straps to attach them to the legs, for the purpose of walking while elevated above a normal height.”

  • Actually an ancient art, stilt-walking today is most often seen at the circus, in festivals, at street events and in parades.
  • Archaeological ruins show that stilt-walking was practiced in Ancient Greece as far back as the 6th century BC.
  • Stilt-jousting has been a tradition for over 600 years in Namur, Belgium.
  • Shepherds and others from the Landes region of France, used stilts in the late 1800′s to ease traveling through the rough terrain of bushes, brush and pools of water and traversing marshes with safety.
  • Aluminum stilts are commonly used by fruit farmers.
  • Stilts are used for washing large windows, repairing roofs, painting high walls and ceilings and by drywall companies.

Have fun with your stilt-walking attempt and adventure, if you try one, and…… be careful!

NATIONAL WALK ON STILTS DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Walk On Stilts Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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