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25th Annual Possum Queen Contest just three days away! Come on up to Litchfield!

POSTED December 30, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


LITCHFIELD: If you have never been and have no plans for New Year’s Day (except for a little hangover remedy), I highly suggest stopping over to the Litchfield Inn for the 25th Annual (amazing in itself) Possum Queen Contest.

Run by some of the best people out there, including Brent Hawkins, Billy Neller and John Bongiorno to name only three of the dozens who help out, it is a tremendous day that also raises money for those less fortunate.    

Below is the press release by Mr. Hawkins (sorry for the formality Hawk). Come on by!

A new Possum Queen will be crowned on New Year’s Day (aka “Possum Day”) at the Litchfield Inn during the 25th annual Possum Queen Contest, with the doors opening at 12 noon. It is a tongue -in-cheek beauty pageant where beauty and talent have nothing to do with it; it’s all about bribing the judges.

The contest started out as a joke but has grown into a legitimate fundraiser, with the 501c3 Possum Queen Foundation collecting over $250,000 in donations helping people with extenuating medical needs.

This past year alone the foundation granted out over $50,000 to deserving individuals.

In addition to the bribes received by the judges for Possum Queen Candidates there is also a silent auction as well as a live auction taking place. And those candidates vying for the crown put on skits to help sway the judges to pick them as the new queen.

Some of the items going in the auctions either the live or the silent, still undetermined at press time are: a 1965 Honda C110, 55 cc motorbike, complete with owner’s manual, and it’s in spectacular condition!

A gorgeous Norwegian Blue Fox Coat will be in the auction. Also featured are: Red Sox Green Monster tickets, Yankees tickets, an autographed guitar from Johnny and Edgar Winter; an autographed guitar from Carly Simon and one from Jay and the Americans.

There is a multi-course dinner for 8 prepared by Chef Christian in your home which would be a fabulous prize to bid on. Wood’s Pit of Bantam will BBQ for 20 if you are the lucky winner of their BBQ feast.

Two limited edition Possum Queen Lamps made especially for the 25th anniversary will be up for grabs.

Possum Queen even has its own wine, “Road Kill Red” going in the auction. This wine is extremely rare as only 33 cases were produced in 2010 and ready for 2015.

A beautiful homemade quilt is on the auction block, as is an autographed baseball stat sheet signed by Carlton Fisk, Tim Wakefield and Bill “Spaceman” Lee. 

So you get the idea, there’s a lot of things for a lot of different tastes.

Since the Possum Queen Foundation is a 501c3, it’s tax deductable.

So come on down to the Litchfield Inn on January 1st at 12 noon and start the bribing at the door with stewardess Crystal Chandelier and pilot Sully Hudson of Possum Air. There will be a lot of people dressed in costumes and some not, but everyone is welcome.

There is no admission fee, but your bribe will get you to Possum Land.  

If you can’t make it to the event, but you still want to bribe (donate) to the foundation, you can mail a check of money order to: The Possum Queen Foundation, P.O. Box 1865, Litchfield, CT 06759.

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