Possum Queen Festival to usher in a new year
D.J. Murphy of Litchfield is expected to once again be one of the stars of the Possum Queen Festival and Auction at the Litchfield Inn on New Year's Day. BZ photos
New Year's Day in Litchfield will arrive with a day of comedy and generosity as the Possum Queen Festival and Auction returns to the Litchfield Inn.
Doors open at noon and the festivities will begin at 1. The hour will allow for those attending to review the hundreds of items available in silent and live auctions.
Local sports celebrity and contest co-founder Billy Neller will serve as the host. Neller's fellow co-founder, Brent Hawkins, has decided to step away from the event they established in 1990.
In addition to some crazy skits and the silent and live auctions, there will be live music, food and plenty of beer. A can of possum soup will also be auctioned could produce a bid of more than $30,000. Steve Sage, a philanthropist from Cornwall, is likely to be the high bidder and is also in the running to be Possum Queen for 2019.
By 3:30 or so. Neller and others associated with the Possum Queen Foundation will name the Possum Queen for the year.
Past Possum Queens include Tax Collector Helen Bunnell, former Borough of Litchfield Warden Lee Losee and Rory O'Shaughnessy of Litchfield.
Last year's festival raised $80,000 for the Possum Queen Foundation, which provides financial assistance for individuals and families facing medical hardship.
Below, philanthropist Steve Sage of Cornwall is likely to bid more than $30,000 for a can of possum soup.