Possum festivities begin Friday

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 05:53 PM.

WAUSAU — The 45th annual Possum Festival begins Friday Aug. 1, with the Possum King and Queen Contest, which will begin at 6 p.m. The gates for the event open at 5 p.m.

Emma LeighAnne Donaldson was crowned 2014 Miss Fun Day on July 26 in Wausau when the Miss Fun Day Pageant kicked off the 45th annual Possum Festival.

Nearly thirty contestants competed for titles at the pageant, including two young Fun Day King contestants.

Donaldson won the coveted Miss Fun Day title, while Cara McKinley Griffin was first runner-up.

The festival was created by Dalton Carter, who is still a Wausau resident and often referred to as the "Father of the Possum Festival." Carter is expected to be in attendance, as well as a rumored appearance to be made by Gov. Rick Scott, or Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

The festival weekend begins at 5 p.m. Friday with the perennial favorite, the Possum King and Queen Contest, and followed on Saturday with the annual Fun Day, which features food, music, and fun all day long.

The Possum Festival is sponsored by the Wausau Volunteer Fire Department.

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