The Leap Year Assembly was first held on February 29, 1924, and has been held every leap year since then, except 1944. The roots of the Assembly are found in medieval times when, only on leap year, could a woman ask the hand of a man in marriage.

    The Assembly seeks to maintain the spirit of this custom. Gentlemen traditionally bring two or more ladies as their guests, who, in turn, provide flowers and adornments, form a ‘‘doe line’’ and cut in, fetch drinks for the thirsty, and are generally responsible for the well-being of their escorts. ~