A new year to ring in with Possum Queen Contest
Local sports celebrity Brent Hawkins takes center stage on New Year's Day as a co-host of the annual Possum Queen Contest at the Litchfield Inn. Hawkins will be joined by his Possum Queen Contest co-founder Billy Neller in overseeing the zany but hugely profitable contest, which will include silent and live auctions of an impressive array of donated gifts.
All proceeds from the day will benefit the Possum Queen Foundation, a nonprofit that assists local residents facing medical hardships. Doors at the Litchfield Inn open at noon and the contest gets underway at 1. There is no admission charge. The inn's bar will be open and food will be available.
Below, Jenny Matthews and D.J. Murphy will be two of the many characters taking part in the contest. Middle, Hawkins, left, and Neller, right, are shown with philanthopist Steve Sage, who always donates generously at the contest. In the bottom photo, local musician Ian Campbell will be back to perform.