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Possum Festival in Florida

The Wausau Possum Festival in Wausau, Florida, is a celebration of opossums with a parade, a festival king and queen who are chosen for their lack of beauty, and an auction in which politicians bid for the privilege of dangling local opossums by their tails. Skilled politicians know how to avoid getting bitten, organizers say. The less fortunate opossums end up in a slow cooker and are served with collard greens. The festival is celebrated each year on the first Saturday of August -- the state-designated Possum Day.