2015 Windsor Shad Derby Festival - Schedule of Events
9AM Free Derby Hats for the first 1,000 People on the Town Green
Sponsored by the Windsor Shad Derby Committee
Festive Plastic Derby Hat Give Away to the first 1,000 people on the Town Green to kick off the 50th Shad Derby Festival on the Green & Parade !!!
9:30AM Golf Swing Challenge
Sponsored by the Town of Windsor Recreation & Leisure Services
Prizes awarded to participants who hit the Derby target !!! All ages welcome !!!
10:00AM Shad Derby 5K Road Race & Fun Walk
Sponsored by the Windsor Kiwanis
10:30AM Kids Apple Bobbing Contest
Sponsored by Ace Hardware
New for 2015 - The first kid to get 5 apples out of the Ace Hardware bucket wins a local Gift Card !!!
11:00 AM Cooking Shad Demo featuring Chef Renee and the WHS Culinary Students
Sponsored by Geissler's Supermarkets
3rd annual Shad Cooking Demo from Windsor's own Chef Renee !!!
11:00 AM Beer Garden Opens featuring Back East Brewery's Shad Derby Pale Ale
For ages 21 and older - enjoy the afternoon in Windsor's famous Shad Derby beer garden seeing old friends and new ones while listening to local music from Gene Donaldson & surprise guests while enjoying the best beer selections from Hartford Distributors including the very popular Shad Derby Pale Ale from Back East Brewery!!!
11:30 AM The Shad Derby Parade Kicks Off
Sponsored by The Windsor Jaycees
Enjoy "Windsor Most Beloved Parade" with friends, family and neighbors as the Parade Kicks Off from Windsor High School and makes its way down Capen St. towards Windsor Center featuring various local groups, marching bands, surprise guest appearances and the 2015 Shad Derby Queen Eleanor Moore and her Court along with the rest of the 2015 Shad Derby Queen Candidates. So grab your seat along the Parade route and enjoy the Shad Derby Parade friends, family and neighbors!!! Special Appearance by "Pat", the official mascot of The Patriots.
1:00 PM Chocolate Pie Eating Contest
Sponsored by Get Baked Bakery
The 3rd annual Shad Derby Pie Eating Contest is fun for all ages !!! The first to finish their pie wins a gift card to Windsor Center's popular Get Baked Bakery !!!!
1:30 PM Martial Arts Demo
Presented by Villari's Martial Arts
Enjoy watching Windsor's Villari's Martial Arts students as they show off their skills on Derby Day !!!
2:00 PM Mac N' Cheese Eating Contest
Sponsored by Bear's Smokehouse BBQ
The 2nd annual Shad Derby Mac N' Cheese Eating Contest from New England's famous Bear's Smokehouse BBQ starts at 2pm. The participant to eat the most Mac N' Cheese in 5 minutes will win a $100 Gift Card to Bear's Smokehouse BBQ !!!
3:00 PM & 3:30 PM Wild Wings Eating Contest Sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings
The 3rd annual Wild Wings Eating Contest takes place at 3:00pm and another round is set for 3:30pm this year. The first participant to eat 12 boneless "Wild Wings" wins a $50 Gift Card to Buffalo Wild Wings!!!
In addition to all the great events - appearing on the Windsor Town Green Shad Derby Day this year will be the Windsor Historical Society hosting a "Shad Derby Selfie Station" and "Shad Derby Story Station" collecting residents and visitors favorite Windsor Shad Derby Festival memories and stories from the past 50 years. The Windsor Food Bank will also be on the Town Green collecting donations and much needed supplies to stock up our local Windsor Food Bank for residents in need. Both Windsor booths are a must to stop and visit this year in addition to all the other great organizations and businesses on the Green Shad Derby Day !!!!
Limited Parking in Windsor Center. No dogs or bikes allowed on the Windsor Town Green Shad Derby Day. Residents and spectators are strongly encouraged to take the Shad Derby shuttle buses to Windsor Center from Windsor High School.