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While some people probably don’t even know this holiday exists, many Americans wait for this day all year! International Fanny Pack Day began a few years ago when Nick Yates received his first fanny pack and an experience that will stick with him for a lifetime.

Donate to Your Local Food Bank

Millions of people in the U.S. and around the world go hungry everyday. Please help in the fight against hunger; donate to your local food bank today and help us celebrate International Fanny Pack Day properly! Click the link below to find your nearest food bank:

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A few days before Christmas, Yates was en route to the bus station with a belt bag packed and strapped around his waist when he came across a homeless man. Yates, being the giving individual that he is, stopped in front of the man, only to hear him say “Nice fanny pack, chief.” He was unfazed by this rude comment and pulled out some food wrapped in tin foil, which he then handed to the man and continued walking. Yates was about a block away when he heard the man scream, “A freaking fruitcake?”

Although the homeless man’s attitude was rude and unthankful, it was because of this exchange that Yates put fanny packs and food charity in the same category. He began using his fanny pack for the purpose of bringing food to Portland, Oregon’s homeless and hungry, and later to Boise, Idaho’s homeless as well. Yates declared March 10, 2007, International Fanny Pack Day, and since then it has become an annual charity event for the Idaho Food Bank. Check it out, he even started a Facebook Page for it! We recommend that everyone donates to their local food bank to pay it forward! Find your nearest food bank HERE. You don’t have to wear a fanny pack while doing it, but we highly recommend that you do!

Bring Back the Pack-Enter to win a fully-loaded fanny pack

Granny Fannys

Fanny packs! We love them, and there are so many different types! (Note the "Granny Fanny" on the left.) If you're looking for the right fanny pack for that certain someone, we have a list of fanny packs that suit any age, personality, or gender. From fine or funky to fashionable and fabulous, we've found just about every sort of fanny pack on the spectrum.

Any true fanny pack fan will appreciate the ones we've spotted. Some of these go beyond their intended function, but we still thought we'd slide them into the list. We hope you like 'em!

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Throughout this week, you will see lots of fanny pack-related posts about why they're awesome and who's wearing them today as we continue our Bring Back the Pack contest (to enter, click here). But did you know that fanny packs have been around for centuries? We dug through the archives and found photographic evidence (paintings count, too) that some of history's greatest figures utilized the ingenius invention that is the fanny pack.

Joan of Arc in a fanny pack

Joan of Arc

The first recorded use of the fanny pack was in 1430, when now-Saint Joan of Arc was leading the French Army to victory during the Hundred Years' War. Records show she stored important keepsakes in her fanny pack; how was she supposed to hold on to them and wield weapons at the same time?
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Do you remember when fanny packs were a great, useful tool for everyday life? Of course you do, and we still think they are!

A fanny pack is a hands-free, stylish and practical way to bring everything you need wherever you want. With the summer festival season coming up quickly they’ll be needed more than ever! But fanny packs have so many other uses. How many times have you wanted to bring some of life’s essentials with you, but just didn’t have a place to store them? We think they should be a part of everyday life once again. That’s why it’s time to bring back the pack!

Are you as excited about fanny packs as we are? Great, because we’re giving one away in celebration of this Saturday’s observance of International Fanny Pack Day. The Grand Prize winner will get a fanny pack fully loaded with everything they need to survive the festival season. Enter for a chance to win by simply commenting below letting us know why you think fanny packs are great!

The contest will run from today, March 7, through March 14 with a winner chosen the following day. Make sure to come back to the TN Team Blog every day during the next week to learn about the greatness of fanny packs.

Contest Over, Thanks for Entering!

No Purchase or payment of any kind necessary to enter or win. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and who are physically located and reside in the U.S. or District of Columbia. Void where prohibited. Limit of one entry per person. Valid email address required to obtain Grand Prize. For a copy of the Official Rules that govern this Sweepstakes please visit: http://www.ticketnetwork.com/fanny-pack-blog-contest-rules.aspx

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