In 1971 Goofy Day was a new wild and crazy event added to the Saginaw summer schedule. A parody of Color War Goofy day pitted two mixed teams-The Mickey Mouses and the Donald Ducks-made up of the Hill and Acropolis campers in a series of off-the-wall competitive timed relays on lower field.
Included in the original iteration of Goofy Day were events like a raw egg toss on the tennis courts, broom field hockey, pin the tail on the donkey, bed making, eating saltines and then whistling, and a pie-eating contest (hands tied behind the back of course).
As with the Medley in Color War it all came down to one seminal event at the pool…but instead of a rope burn it was “Sink The Canoe and Staff, Too”.
The idea for each team to sink a canoe with Herbie, Connie, Shirley, and Danny dressed in appropriate Goofy attire by hauling buckets of water from the diving pool to the regular pool and filling the boats with water until they sunk….staff and all.
For a number of years Goofy Day seemed to have lost it’s luster but, as with so many of these special events at Saginaw they get rediscovered and then prosper with age. By the late 2000’s this became a really big show! The teams have pre-printed team shirts and there are even opening ceremonies.
The events got wackier and the fun factor jumped through the roof. There is the Dizzy Izzy Relay where contestants had to do 10 rotations around a bat and then run the bases before tagging their teammate to do the same.
There is the Tootsie Roll Search where the goal is to find 10 tootsie rolls hidden in the pudding using your hands only. No emptying the container of pudding is allowed.
How about the balloon shave?
My personal favorite is called “Get Mellow”. A pair of teammates face off from opposite ends of a piece of licorice with a marshmallow in the middle. The object is to eat your way to the soft and chewy center….so to speak.
Of course it ends as the tradition began with Sinking the Canoe and Staff Too!!!
As we said, some Saginaw events age gracefully others just get super charged over time.