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Possum Queen set to return New Year's Day
Litchfield.bz (12-27-12)


By Brent “Hawk” Hawkins
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The 23rd annual tongue-in-cheek beauty pageant known as the Possum Queen Contest opens at 12 noon on Tuesday, January 1st at the Litchfield Inn. The zany fundraiser raises money for local families with medical needs. The Possum Queen Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization.
 
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Over 100 silent auction items will be on display and up for bids which close at 4:15 p.m., along with the “Live” auction items which include: A signed work of art from the estate of John Lennon by Yoko Ono; an autographed driver from Tiger Woods; Bon Jovi tickets; sports tickets for the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Green Monster seats for the Yankees vs. Red Sox on July 19th; Broadway play tickets; a Les Paul autographed guitar; a Les Paul guitar signed by James Taylor; Fur coats; Litchfield “Selectman for a Day”; a guest host spot on WZBG FM-97.3 radio; the famous Possum Soup and more!
 
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In past years, the Possum Queen Contest has benefitted local men, women and children whose families could not pay for their extended care or essential needs such as wheelchairs, nurses, medical accessories and in some cases travel expenses  when a loved one is in a hospital in another region undergoing care. We have assisted many individuals and families over the years and we intend to continue, thanks to your generous support. One young baby who we have helped over the past 2 years requires constant care for a skin condition, Harlequin Ichthyosis, so rare it is believed that only about 1000 cases exist in the world. In some cases the foundation has injected itself into the lives of the recipients to assist in their daily needs as their primary breadwinner has been stricken and they have nowhere to turn. We also work with other organizations to get assistance when we are unable to provide for their needs. These are only a few examples of the needs addressed by the Possum Queen Foundation.
 
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You may have heard about the hilarious skits put on by local groups vying for the coveted title in the talent portion of the competition. Those begin in the ballroom at 1:00 p.m., followed immediately by the live auction, and then the “judging” of the contestants will take place, followed by the announcing of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Runned-Overs; the winners of “Best in Heels” and “Best in Tails” as well as the “No Talent” winners…and then the long awaited crowning of the 2013 Possum Queen.
 
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Who will be the next Possum Queen? Come and find out on Possum Day, January 1, 2013 at the Litchfield Inn. We put the FUN in FUNdrasing!!!  Possum Queen - BZ Page - Videos + Pics