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2019 Possum Festival Program

Official program for the 50th Annual Wausau Possum Festival on August 3 and 4, 2019, in historic Wausau, Florida.

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Dedicated To The Memory of Patricia D. ‘Pat’ Storm

Patricia D. ‘Pat’ Storm was born July 24, 1951 to the late Leonard and Annie

Mae Russell and was a lifelong resident of Washington County. In 1972 she

got her Cosmetology License, working initially in the back room of Phillips

Hardware in Wausau. After several years she relocated to Sixth Avenue in

Wausau and operated ‘Unique Hair Fashions’, until retiring after 44 years of

making people pretty.

On April 5, 1985, she met John E. Storm, married and raised three children-

Clifton Hathaway, Landon Hathaway (Tonia) and Brittnie Storm West. Pat

also had seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Pat loved her community and loved helping others, as a member of the

Jaycees and Fun Day Committee, assisting with cooking and anything else

that was needed. Pat loved to laugh and have fun- she was always smiling

and having a good time. She ran for Wausau Possum Queen 14 times and

won every time.

In March, 2018, Pat was diagnosed with MDS Leukemia Cancer, against

which she fought a tough battle, but on December 25, 2018 she gained her

heavenly wings. Pat is sorely missed by her husband, family and friends,

and she will always be with us in spirit, especially at the Wausau Fun Day

Festival.

Photos contributed by family members.

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Welcome to the 50th Annual Wausau Possum Festival

There have been a lot of changes in Wausau and Northwest Florida since 1970,

the year the Wausau Possum Festival and Fun Day was created by Dalton

Carter and the Wausau community.

In 1970 there were no computers, digital cameras or electric cars. There was

no internet, no cell phones, Facebook or Instagram. Our children ran around

barefoot on occasion, stayed outside well after dark and even ran with scissors.

Children rode in the back of pick-up trucks, and we didn’t even use seatbelts.

Still, we managed to live a good life, full of promise and hope, and we loved and

took advantage of most everything God gave us- sunshine, the old swimming

hole and the culture and heritage of Northwest Florida.

The world has changed in the last 50 years, but this festival remains- still paying

homage to our history, heritage and simpler way of life, and we wouldn’t have

it any other way. Thanks for being our guest at the 50th anniversary of what

started out as a dream to put Wausau on the map and give people something to

do during the ‘dog days’ of Summer. When you return home after the festival,

think back fondly of the peace and quiet, quality of life and relaxed lifestyle of this

Wausau community. Enjoy!

The Wausau Possum Festival Program

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MAGAZINE STAFF

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Editor- Paul Goulding

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Wausau Celebrates Northwest Florida Beauty with ‘Miss Funday’

Although not held this year due to extenuating circumstances, one of the highlights of

the Wausau Possum Festival is the ‘Miss Funday’ Pageant (not to be confused with

the ‘Possum King & Queen Contest’, held on the Friday evening prior to the festival).

The ‘Miss Funday’ pageant is typically held on Saturday evening, one week before the

festival, and there seems to be an unlimited supply of local beauties (and handsome

young men) in the area, as the pageant event draws hundreds of attendees, all vying

for the coveted trophies, ribbons, crowns and bragging rights in several categories.

View this and other festival features at www.WausauPossumFestival.com.

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Welcome to the 50th Annual Wausau Possum Festival

Commencing in the early morning hours with a pancake

breakfast, progressing to a parade of seldom-seen size,

feature or quality, then moving to musical entertainment,

food and craft vendors and the world-famous Possum

Auction, the Wausau Possum Festival literally offers

something for everyone. Enjoy the history of the Possum

Festival in many photo galleries and video clips online at

www.WausauPossumFestival.com.

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Wausau Quilters Bring A Labor of Love to the Festival

The small town of Wausau, Florida has many talented people, not the least of which, and one of the most often overlooked,

are the Wausau Quilters, a dedicated group of young ladies who enjoy the fellowship of getting together regularly in the

meeting room of the Wausau Town Hall to make quilts, a time-honored but sadly waning artform.

Truly a labor of love, these beautiful hand-crafted quilts, made over hundreds of hours of tireless and painstaking effort,

are donated to the Wausau Possum Festival each year as a fundraiser for the Town, and Wausau’s own Gil Carter, now

serving as Washington County Property Appraiser, has historically been the top bidder at the Quilt Auction feature of the

festival. Gil would appreciate you bidding against him in order to enhance the contribution to the Town of Wausau.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2019

6:00 - Pancake Breakfast at Wausau Masonic Lodge (Wausau, FL)

9:00 - Invocation and Welcome (Possum Palace)

9:15 - ‘The Faithful Trio’ (Gospel @ Possum Palace)

10:00 - Big 49th Annual Fun Day Parade- (Downtown Wausau)

10:15 - ‘Billy Lipford’ - (Country @ Possum Palace)

11:15 - Corn Pone Baking- Winners Announced (Possum Palace)

11:30 - Flag Raising & National Anthem- (Possum Palace)

12:00 - Big Possum Auction & Quilt Auction- (Possum Palace)

1:00 - ‘Blue Holler’ - (Bluegrass @ Possum Palace)

2:00 - ‘Billy Lipford’ - (Country @ Possum Palace)

2:45 - ‘The Faithful Trio’ (Gospel @ Possum Palace)

3:45 - ‘Blue Holler’ - (Bluegrass @ Possum Palace)

4:30 - ‘Hog Callin’ (Possum Palace)

FESTIVAL COMMITTEE

Founder: Mr. Dalton Carter

Chairman: Mr. Joe Tharp

Parade ChairPerson: Mrs. Margaret Riley

W.V.F.D. Chairman: Mr. Sam Rudd

Arts & Crafts Contact: (850) 638-1781

Entertainment Chairman: “Bunk” Corbin (850) 638-5023

Information at www.WausauPossumFestival.com

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Welcome to the Festival!

Welcome to the 50th Annual Wausau Funday

and Possum Festival. The Wausau Volunteer Fire

Department and the Wausau Development Club

celebrates yet another year of the festival that was

conceived by Dalton Carter in 1970. This year

we continue to feature our heritage as we enjoy

local food, music and fun. The ‘retro’ efforts of

the festival revive some of the former attractions

of this event, from greasy pole contests to sack

racing to cross-cut saw competition. Woman’s Day

Magazine named the Wausau Possum Festival ‘One

of the ten most unique festivals in America’ and

we have garnered national attention. We have

been joined by Florida Governors, including most

recently, Rick Scott. We have been fortunate to be

highlighted in media- print, broadcast and onlineand

people are getting to know and recognize our

small town with the BIG festival, held on the first

Saturday of August each year.

The Funday Committee provides a wholesome

family event, with entertainment at absolutely no

cost to our guests, and we want all who attend to

feel welcome. More importantly, we want you to

leave with an appreciation for our volunteers. All

profits go directly to the Wausau Volunteer Fire

Department and Wausau Development Club, both

non-profit organizations, and our activities include

the Possum King And Queen Contests and much

more.

The Fire Department uses these funds to improve

fire equipment and provide fire service to the

citizens of Washington County and the City of

Wausau. The Wausau Development Club primarily

utilizes the funds it receives to award scholarships

to deserving students in Washington County. We

want to thank the Washington County Sheriff’s

Office for their help, as well as all our volunteers

and sponsors. We especially thank you, as our

guest, because without you there would be no

festival. Again, welcome and thanks for attending!

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Welcome to the 50th Annual Wausau Possum Festival

As seen in this array of cover art from the

past eleven years of Possum Programs,

we use photo images taken each year at

the various events of the Wausau Possum

Festival to highlight the fun, beauty and

unique characteristics of the event, all of

which have contributed to compel Women’s

Day Magazine to declare the Wausau

Possum Festival ‘One of the Most Unique

Festivals in the World’. 2019, as the 50th

occurrance of the festival, will prove to be

no different as visitors are amazed at the

display of regional culture, heritage and

lifestyle.

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More Than You Need To Know About Wausau, Florida

The small town of Wausau, Florida, population just over

400, holds a very big title- ‘Possum Capital of the World’. To

celebrate this ubiquitous animal, the town holds an annual

Fun Day and Possum Festival, a totally free event on the

first Saturday in August, and the world is invited.

You’re likely to see local, regional and even national political

figures at the Wausau Possum Festival, especially during

election cycles, and the event was recently highlighted by

Women’s Day Magazine as one of the ‘world’s most unique

festivals’.

Admittedly one of the most unusual festivals you are likely

to attend, this event celebrates the Possum, a marsupial

which thrives in this part of Florida and which helped the

local population survive the Great Depression in the early

20th century.

Drawing attendees from all over the Southeast United

States, the event is always held the first Saturday in August,

and the scheduled entertainment includes Bluegrass,

Country and Gospel performers.

Arguably the hottest day of the year, the event includes a

large parade, arts and crafts, food (try the possum stew and

possum ice cream) and a Possum Auction. The annual

Possum King and Queen Contest is held the evening

prior to the Festival and this is something that you have to

experience to believe.

Wausau is in Washington County, Florida, United States,

about 9 miles south of Chipley and Interstate 10. Wausau

has a total area of 1.1 square miles, all of it land, and

there are approximately 170 households, and 110 families

residing in the town. This equates to a population density of

around 352 people per square mile with a racial makeup of

94.47% Caucasian, .50% African American, 0.75% Native

American, 0.25% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and

3.52% from two or more aces. Hispanics or Latinos make

up 2.51% of the population.

The population consists of 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.3%

from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64,

and 16.6% 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37

years and for every 100 females there are 94.1 males. For

every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $21,000,

and the median income for a family was $23,000.

The per capita income for the town is $10,722 and about

25% of families and 29.2% of the population were below

the poverty line, including 35.2% of those under age 18 and

19.7% of those aged 65 or over. Wausau has an elevation

of 85 feet above sea level.

All these (very dry) statistics aside, however, the reality is

that Wausau, Florida, along with the rest of Washington

County, offers what we like to call ‘The Real Florida’- a

pristine, unspoiled slice of a very relaxed lifestyle and a

quality of life sometimes all too hard to find. So enjoy your

time here as our guest during the Possum Festival, but

make plans to visit us again soon. You will find that there is

a quality of life, accompanied by a laissez-faire attitude that

is appealing and a refreshing change from urban or highpressure

areas. You’ll find that this area is a great place to

raise a family, relocate a business or to retire.

For more information about Wausau, Florida and to view

more photos, video clips, and interviews, visit us on

Facebook at Real Florida Magazine, or listen to interviews

on FPTC Radio, the voice of Florida Panhandle Technical

College at www.FPTCRadio.com.

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A Unique Feature of a Unique Festival

One feature of the Wausau Possum Festival that

truly remains ‘one of a kind’ is the annual ‘King and

Queen Contest’ held on the Friday evening prior

to the festival. Competition is fierce as characters

come from all over the region to compete for the

trophies, bragging rights and cash prizes awarded

to ‘Possum King’ and ‘Possum Queen’. Enjoy!

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