First Annual Shad Derby Trivia Contest

April 11, 2013       7 PM to 9 PM


Think you know everything? Test your knowledge at the Shad Derby Trivia Contest on Thursday, April 11th from 7-9pm at the Windsor Historical Society. Teams of up to 6 members (age 21 and up only) can compete during five rounds of questions ranging from general knowledge to Windsor-specific facts. The winning team will receive the Shad Derby Trivia Trophy and gets bragging rights for a full year. Enjoy refreshments and the grand opening of the “Shad Derby: A Windsor Tradition” exhibition, on view from April 11th until May 31st. Teams must register by April 5th – space is limited. Funds raised will benefit the Windsor Historical Society and the Shad Fest Bureau. Doors open at 6:30 with light refreshments, and the contest will start promptly at 7pm. COST: $10/contestant. 


Registration form can be found HERE.

Please print out, fill out, and return to the Society.




The Results


A buzz of conversation. Whoops and hollers.  A decibel level rivaling that of school-children playing in our Hands-On-History Learning Center.  These were the sounds of Windsor Historical Society’s first Shad Derby Trivia Contest held the evening of April 11, in conjunction with Windsor’s community-wide Shad Derby events.   About forty participants enjoyed beer donated by Back East Brewing Company and munchies, intently listening as Society Curator Christina Vida posed the first question of Round 1:“In what year did the Shad Derby, today known as the Shad Masters tournament, begin in Windsor?”


Over an hour and a half through five rounds of questions, six teams including ABCD, Dewey Know?, Shad Lovers, The Old Enough to Know Betters, Windsor Jaycees and Windsor Lions, caucused in friendly rivalry.  The eventual first place winners were the Old Enough to Know Betters, claiming a trophy and gift certificate to Union Street Tavern which they insisted on donating back to the staff of Windsor Historical Society in thanks for a fun evening. The winning team members were Karen Andrews, Bill Harris, Gordon and Betsy Kenneson, Rich Niederwerfer, Debbie Reimer. Based on the positive feedback, the Trivia Contest will most likely become an annual event.    For a listing of upcoming Shad Derby events in Windsor, visit


And the answer to the evening’s first trivia question?   It was actually to be found on the walls of the Society’s meeting room in an exhibit titled The Shad Derby:  A Windsor Tradition.  Unveiled on Trivia Contest night and on view at the Society through the end of May, the exhibit includes information about the history of the festival, started in 1955 as a fishing tournament.  The intention was to protect the dwindling shad population by drawing public attention to the polluted condition of the Connecticut River and its tributaries.  Learn more about shad and their part in Windsor’s long history, the Shad Derby Queens (2008 Shad Queen Danielle St. Jacques’s tiara and sash are on view), Shad festival events and the fourteen local organizations hosting them.  A collection of forty-two Shad Derby pins spanning 1972 through 2013 and donated to the Society by Wayne Dombkowski, Bill Chiodo, and John Jary is a highlight of the show.


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