WAUSAU - It has been rumored this year's festival is the harbinger to next year's 50th anniversary of the Wausau Possum Festival. Attendees can expect more fun and entertainment than previous years.

"Our whole goal is family - to get the kids off of the laptop and get them outside," said Wausau firefighter, Captain Adam Smith.

The free festival kicks off 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 with the pancake breakfast and the parade at 10 a.m., culminating with the old fashion square dance. The event is held at the Possum Palace.

Smith's sure words rings true to the letter.

This year's festival adds a junior firefighter obstacle course for grouped ages 0-5, 6-9, and 10 and up. The winner of each set gets a trophy and the coveted opportunity to shoot the fire hose off the truck. 

In addition to the obstacle course, other activities include a cross-cut saw contest, sack race and greasy pole contest; also the hog callin', rooster crowin' and cow lowin' contest. Dozens of vendors will sell unique items; that is, no two vendors will sell the same things.

Smith also pointed out "it's going to be a good year" because two gubernatorial candidates Gwen Graham and Adam Putnam will attend and participate in the festivities.

To find out more about the Wausau Possum Festival, go to townofwausau.net.