Possum Festival receives grant from TDC

Possum Festival receives grant

The Washington County Tourism Development Council discusses geocaching at the April 22 meeting in Chipley.

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 06:02 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Wausau Possum Festival will receive a $1,000 grant from the Washington County Tourism Development Council this year, but most likely cash grants for advertising will be as much a thing of the past as donkey softball.

Wausau Town Clerk Margaret Riley was on hand to request the funding for the 44th annual Possum Festival, which will take place July 27, Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 at the Possum Palace.

“This is the forty-fourth year, so who doesn’t know what the Possum Festival is?” Riley said, joking with the council members. “It’s also the hottest day of the year.”

Riley noted that the event is free to the public, with admission of $3 only being charged at the Miss Possum Festival King and Queen Contest. The Pageant averages 500-600 attendees each year, and will be held on July 27.

The annual Fun Day events average 3,000 to 4,000 attendees over the two days, and bring in visitors from surrounding counties and even from out of state, Riley said. “We had one family come down from Wisconsin last year,” she said.

Once upon a time, the Fun Day featured donkey softball, but the event was discontinued due to questions about the sport being too hard on the donkeys. "I remember riding in a few of those games," Riley said. "I don't think I would want to try that today."

The festival committee requested $3,000, but the TDC had only budgeted $1,000 for the event this year, said TDC Administrator Heather Lopez.

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