23rd Possum Queen Festival does not disappoint.....
LITCHFIELD: They gather each January 1 to start the year on a positive note.
The 23rd Annual Possum Queen Festival lived up to just that intention on Tuesday afternoon at the Litchfield Inn.
Each year for better than two decades, kind hearted and funny people get together to do something for others.
They never disappoint.
As the founders like to say, the Possum Queen Contest is a tongue and cheek Beauty Pageant where beauty and talent have nothing to do with it all.
It’s an event that started with but a handful of people, over some libations no doubt, with the goal of helping local families who were struggling due to excessive medical costs.
In past years, the Possum Queen Contest has helped men, woman and children afford some of the crippling costs that rise because of extended care or essentials like wheelchairs, nurses, medical accessories and even travel cost if a loved one is in a hospital far away.
The afternoon itself is just plain fun as contestants dress up in every conceivable type of costume, the more outrageous the better, and perform skits to the delight of a packed ball room.
On Tuesday, Elvis was most certainly not dead but in the building, as were Marylyn Monroe, Katie Perry, Stevie Wonder and Father Guido Sarducci.
Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Cindy Lauper, Abba, Roy Orbison, Whitney Houston and Bill Murray also made appearances in a tremendous effort by all involved.
Team Goshen came away with the top prize again this year, doing a Dick Clark revival skit with a resounding “We are the World” ending.
25 people made up the group which featured a group from Zeller Tire another by Rey and Leslie Budney and a third which featured the Wheeler Family.
An astounding $12,123.00 was raised by Team Goshen, who are on a bit of a dynasty-building hot streak at the moment.
The Possum Queen Foundation is a no-profit organization that looks to give at least 97% of what they raise to the people they help.
They have given out over $170,000 in grants since their inception 23 years ago.
There’s a silent and live auction with just about everything anybody could want to bid on available.
From the prized “Can of Possum Soup” to artwork signed by Yoko Ono from the estate of John Lennon to seats atop the Green Monster at Fenway Park, these folks know how to raise money.
A Les Paul guitar signed by Paul, fetched $2600.00 in a lively back and forth between three bidders who drove the price from $1800.00 to the final total.
The Tiger Woods Driver (not the one his ex-wife hit him with) was also on the block as was a Grandfather Clock valued at over $1750.00.
Can’t wait to see what year number 24 brings……Great job by all.
An excellent start to 2013!!!