Igloo Building and Hay Bale Festival – Lviv, Ukraine – 3

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.


In 1922 a new team event called the Igloo Hay Bale Throw was introduced. Teams from twelve European countries, the USA, Canada, and Australia had to construct an igloo to an exact specification. The bales were situated 800 yards from the construction area and the teams of six had to throw the bales to a fellow team member – no carrying could take place. Once all the bales had been placed in the igloo building area then the igloo could be constructed. The team to construct the igloo in the quickest time won the first prize. A separate team event was introduced in 1924 – in this contest each team member had to run 150 yards with the bale before handing it to the next team member within a specified ten-yard area, much like a relay race but with 110-pound bales rather than batons. These team events are for both men and women.

The first winners of the Igloo Hay Bale Relay were the Sioux City Boys from Iowa representing the USA. Their captain, Bill Simmons, was ecstatic with the victory:

“Well we knew we could do this because we haul hawgs and bales all day long back home on the farm; we figured that to practice we should carry everything rather than using sets of wheels and that stood us in good stead for this here contest. I was only sorry that my gramma, Little Missy, couldn’t be here.”

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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