On March 6, 1930, faced with the desolation of the lingering winter in Hayward, Minnesota, postmaster R.E. Dewey and train station agent J.C. Hanson started a friendly game of pitching horseshoes to pass the time.
And pass the time they did, for five months and four days, playing five games of horseshoes a day in the longest match in history. The contest ended with Dewey's score 25,000, besting Hanson's score of 24,949.
Pitching horseshoes, to see who can get the shoes to land around a metal stake, is a summer tradition.