Groups square off on 'Windsor Feud'

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Mar. 8, 2013
The elaborate 'Windsor Feud' set inside the WIndsor Town Hall's Council Chambers. Photos by Colin Rajala.
The elaborate 'Windsor Feud' set inside the WIndsor Town Hall's Council Chambers. Photos by Colin Rajala.

While the "Family Feud" game show has been aired for 30 non-consecutive seasons since the mid-1970s when Richard Dawson was the host, the "Windsor Feud" has built up a rich tradition of its own. On March 2, the Windsor Chamber of Commerce presented the 10th annual "Windsor Feud," which aired in front of a live audience in the Windsor Town Hall Council Chambers and live on television on the Windsor Community Television station.

“It really is quite a spectacle,” said Executive Director Jane Garibay of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. The event allows various local businesses and organizations to come together and square off to answer the "survey says" questions, all while dressed in silly costumes. While on the game show, the 14 businesses and organizations compete head-to-head for the grand prize, as well as a chance raise money for the Chamber’s Business Partners in Education group, which sponsors events like Read on the Green Grass, Summer High Internships and School Business Partnerships.

“When we started out, it was a dry question-and-answer show, but it has really evolved into a unique event over the years,” Garibay said. “It is a wonderful program because it brings together so many businesses and civic groups in town. It’s great to see so much support from these different groups.”

The event was hosted for the 10th consecutive year by business and life coach Jerry Wistrom, whose clever one-liners and witty commentary brought a light-hearted mood to the event and left many in the live audience laughing. After the teams squared off and a winner and loser was decided, the groups left the stage and introduced their group's purpose, events and contact information during an interview session with Garibay and former Chamber president Marty McMahon.

This year’s grand champions were the members of Bart’s Beanery Restaurant and Catering, who successfully reached the 200 point level in the "Fast Money Round." Bart’s was also given the award for "wittiest team."  The "best theme" was awarded to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation’s "Wizard of Oz" style costumes. Berkshire Bank’s Loan Arrangers won for "best fundraiser" of the evening. Villari’s was awarded the first ever "good sport" award, while ING won the event’s first ever "team spirit" award.

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