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Not only can you plan to attend the 44th Annual Wausau Possum Festival on Saturday in Wausau, Fla., but you can be a participant, too.
- 2013 Wausau Possum Pageant Application – Proceeds benefit the Wausau Volunteer Fire Dept.
If you’re not the pageant type, here’s a schedule of events.
Annual Possum Festival a county institution
Held on the first Saturday in August every year, the Wausau Possum Festival coincides with Florida’s official state Possum Day and is a Washington County institution.
This possum business is arguably the biggest damn deal in Wausau.
The Possum Palace, the venue for the Possum Festival and related events, is funded in part by an act of the US Congress.
Originally called Fun Day, the Possum Festival is the brainchild of one Dalton Carter, who sought to unite Wausau around a favorite Florida Cracker meal, the North American Opposum.
The inscription on the town’s possum monument reads:
Erected in grateful recognition of the role the North American possum, a magnificent survivor of the marsupial family pre-dating the ages of the mastodon and the dinosaur, has played in furnishing both food and fur for the early settlers and their successors. Their presence here has provided a source of nutritious and flavorful food in normal times and has been important aid to human survival in times of distress and critical need.
Now nationally recognized for its as the “Possum Capital of the World,” Wausau invites local politicians running for state office to help raise money to endow scholarships for local kids and to donate to the local fire department.
By auctioning off possums to the highest bidder.
No possums are harmed
Yes, it’s true that Wausau loves its possums.
To prove it, after the auction, Possum Festival organizers release festival possums back into the wild.
Click here if you want to see what happened at the 2011 Wausau Possum Festival.
About Wausau & Washington County
A town of about 500 people, Wausau was established in 1889 around a general store built and owned by John B. Glen formerly of Wausau, Wisc., who was also the the town’s first postmaster and is considered Wausau’s founder.
Florida railroad history was made in Wausau on July 4, 1907, at the completion of the Birmingham, Columbus and St. Andrews Bay Railroad to Wausau and four miles further south to the southwest to a major logging camp. Wausau was incorporated as a municipality in 1963.
Founded on Dec. 29, 1825, as the 12th county in the state of Florida, Washington county is named for President George Washington and was settled by early pioneers who hunted, farmed and traded with the local Indians.
Tourists visit Washington county for the great natural beauty of the many springs, spring-fed creeks and the beautiful woodlands. Washington County history is rich with legends and folklore.
44th Annual Wausau Possum Festival
- Sat., Aug. 3, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Downtown Wausau, Fla., approx. 9 miles south of Chipley, Fla., just past Pioneer Rd. Turn west on Buster Rogers Ave. and head for the Possum Palace and ball park. If you reach 1st Ave., you’ve gone a little too far.
- Contact: Margaret Riley, Town Clerk
- Phone: 850-638-1781
- Email: TownofWausau@bellsouth.net
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