Shad Derby Trivia Contest makes its debut

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Apr. 17, 2013
Team ‘Old Enough To Know Better’ came in first place and took home the trophy for the first Shad Derby Trivia Contest. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Team ‘Old Enough To Know Better’ came in first place and took home the trophy for the first Shad Derby Trivia Contest. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

What were the call letters of the two radio stations that were banned from the 1978 Shad Derby? What is name on the oldest tombstone in Windsor? Can you name the four native American tribes known to have lived in Windsor? Those were just some of the wide-ranging questions asked during the first Shad Derby Trivia Contest.

A fun-loving and energetic crowd gathered at the Windsor Historical Society on April 11 to test their trivia knowledge. This first-time event for the society is one in a group of activities during April and May, all as part of the Windsor Shad Derby. The Shad Derby is a tradition going back to 1955 and is something that the community looks forward to every year.

The Windsor Historical Society had not previously been in the habit of holding its own Shad-related event, but wanted to get in on the fun. “We looked around at all the other events being hosted with other civic organizations,” said Christina Vida, education curator, “and we have a lot of facts here and thought we could bring those back into play.” According to Vida, the last documented trivia contest in Windsor was held in 1985 and was won by the Windsor Lions, a.k.a. the Dandy Lions.

“They came back to defend their title,” joked Vida.

Besides the Lions, five other teams participated in the trivia night, which consisted of 25 questions divided up into five rounds, between snacks and drinks donated by Back East Brewery. The questions were on a variety of topics, not all Shad- or Windsor-related, and the winning team was the one that earned the most points by giving correct answers.

Between rounds, rare footage of past Shad Derby parades were played for the group of about 50 people that had gathered. A mesmerizing four minutes of parade footage from 1966 was viewed for the first time in public. It shows the first Shad Derby queen, Joan Dombkowski, riding in her float and smiling at onlookers. This particular video was discovered on YouTube and sent to Jenny Hawran at WinTV. Its shaky, 8mm quality adds to its priceless style. The video can be viewed on YouTube on the Shad Derby Channel.

In the end, Team “Old Enough To Know Better” came in first and Team “ABCD” came in second.

In case you’re interested, the answers to the above questions are as follows: WDRC and WKND, Ephram Hewitt (1644) and Tunxis, Poquonock, Podunk and the Sicaog.

Upcoming Shad Derby events include the Windsor Women’s Club Beer and Wine Tasting Event on April 27 at St. Casmir’s, and the Masonic LobsterFest to be held Friday, May 3.


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