Mum-A-Thon Road Race

Directed by the Veterans Strong Community Center

Mum-A-Thon Road Race and Monster Mile Walk
8K Road Race and Monster Mile Walk

Sunday October 17th 2021, 8:00 am

Web Site: Mum-A-Thon Run and Walk (

Race Proceeds to Benefit Veterans Strong Community Center, Inc.

The Mum-A-Thon road race, entering its 52nd year

Directed by the Veterans Strong Community Center

Musical Entertainment Announced!

Enjoy Our Food Truck Center for Some Great Tastes and the Bristol Blues Adult Beverage Garden! Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Friday:- Opening ceremonies – 5:30

  • 5:30 PM: Hometown Heroes – Korean War Veterans
  • 6:00-8:30 PM: Art Gala, featuring Sharp Five Jazz – Under the Marquee Tent
  • 6:30-8:00 PM: Miss Chrysanthemum Pageant – on Main Stage
  • 8:15 PM: Mum Festival Official Opening Ceremonies and Ribbon Cutting by the new
    Miss Chrysanthemum

Saturday: Mum Festival Family Fun Day – 12:00 PM

  • 12:00-1:00 PM: Eight to the Bar – Big Band/Swing
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: 42 Salute – Folk/Light and Classic Rock/Country
  • 4:00-5:00 PM: Number 9 Band – Beatles Tribute
  • 6:00-7:30 PM: Headliner: Soul Sound Review – Soul/Motown/R&B

Sunday: Mum Festival Honoring Heroes Day

  • 1:30 PM: Mum Parade – The Mum Parade will go right by the Festival on Hope Street
    Have the best seat in the house!
  • 1:30-2:30 PM: Jim Pelletier – Light and Classic Rock
  • 3:00-4:30 PM: Lori and the Legends – Funk/Soul/Top 40/Rock

2021 Miss Mum Pageant

2021 Bristol Mum Festival Welcomes Miss Mum Pageant Back On Friday, September 24thRevamped Pageant Moves to New Location and Seeks Applicants.

Bristol, CT., August 12, 2021 – The Mum Festival which has been Bristol’s fall marquee community-focused event for almost 60 years, is proud to announce the return of the celebrated Miss Mum Pageant on Friday, September 24 th .

As the Festival moves downtown this year, the Bristol Exchange Club and the Mum Festival Committee are so excited that the event will take place on the first night of the Mum Festival and will be held outdoors on the Main Stage in the middle of all the action. Local judges will judge contestants, and this year’s Pageant will consist of an opening number,
choreographed by Nutmeg Performing Arts Studio, an onstage introduction, as well as age-appropriate questions to each of the candidates. 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Miss Mum Pageant. The Pageant is open to all Bristol, Forestville, Burlington, Plainville, Harwinton, Plymouth, Terryville, and Wolcott young ladies. Once again, there will be four divisions: Miss Mum (for high school students), Junior Miss Mum (for middle school students), Miss Mum Petite (for 3 rd – 5 th graders), and Mini Miss Mum (for Kindergarten through 2 nd ).

Under the direction of Miss Mum Pageant Chairperson Brianna Longo, who served as Miss Mum in 1999, Miss Mum will once again be working with the Nutmeg Performing Arts Center to create an exceptional evening that celebrates the mission of the Miss Chrysanthemum, which is to teach and encourage self-confidence, creative accomplishment, community service, and positive role-modeling among young women within the greater-Bristol community. 

“The Miss Mum Pageant is truly a celebration of the young ladies and future leaders in the greater Bristol area,” said Miss Mum, Chairperson, Brianna Longo. “We are especially excited that this year will be outside and center stage as part of the opening ceremonies of the Mum Festival.”

The Mum Festival will be held on September 24 th -26 th, and as a reminder, due to ongoing construction and renovations at the Memorial Blvd. Magnet school, this year’s Mum Festival will be moving to Downtown Bristol with a new layout utilizing lower North Main Street, Hope Street, Riverside Avenue Ext., and Brackett Park.

“Miss Mum represents the Mum Festival at all events throughout the Festival,” continued Longo. “Important information, applications, and further details are now available on the Pageant’s website at . You can also follow the Pageant’s new Facebook page at
We are certainly looking forward to continuing this honored Festival tradition that promises to be a highlight of this year’s Mum Festival.”


For more information on the 2021 Mum Festival & Parade, please visit:

The Mum Festival & Parade is Produced by the Exchange Club of Bristol CT INC., a Non-Profit 501-(c)3

The Mum Festival & Parade is a City of Bristol Sponsored Event

Sponsorship & General Inquiries
Jack Ferraro
Jason Fields
Festival General Chair and Co-Chair
Vendor Inquiries
Andy Adams
Vendor Chair

2021 Festival Committee Members

Mum Festival Committee:

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact one of the Festival Chairs or email us at  Our committee meets the third Wednesday of the month, at 7:00pm.

Festival Committee Chair(s):

Festival General Chairman: Jack Ferraro
Festival Vice Chairman: Jason Fields
Festival Vice Chairman: Karl Tack
Mum Festival City Liaison: Greg Hahn

  • Andy Adams  – Vendor Relations Chair
  • Donna Dognin – Mum-A-Thon Chair
  • Sue Berard – Finance Chair – Treasurer
  • Mickey Goldwasser – Marketing & Advertisement Co-Chair
  • Harley Graime – Public Health & Safety Chair
  • Brianna Longo – Miss Mum Chair
  • Dave Rackcliffe – Facilities Chair
  • Joyce Ptak – Arts & Artist Chair
  • Maria Salice – Bands & Entertainment Chair
  • Dianna Tack – Parade/Command/Volunteers Chair
  • Karl Tack – Family Events Chair
  • Shannen Tack – Marketing & Planning Co-Chair
  • Maria Tramazzo – Fundraising Chair

Festival Emails:

2021 Mum Parade Application

Dear Friends:

The 59th Annual Mum Festival Parade will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.  Our Festival & Parade Theme is “Honoring Heroes – Profiles of Courage”.  Let’s see some spectacular floats, as we honor our pandemic heroes!!

Please complete participation form below by Monday, August 31, 2021.  If you have any questions, let us know!  email us at:


You must complete and submit the form below by August 31, 2021.   Thank You!                  

All information is required!

Please see linked file for Parade Rules & General Information:

  • General Parade Rules and Information


Please note, due to construction projects for the next two years on Memorial Boulevard, the Mum Festival and Parade will be moved.  Please see the new Parade Route in the print below.  The route has been shortened by approximately one mile, by avoiding the Memorial Boulevard.   

The Parade will officially end on North Main Street just before Center Street.  Our Grand Reviewing Stand location will be on Main Street adjacent to the Barnes Group and Bikers Edge.  Spectators should avoid North Main Street past the Post Office, as that is the official end of the performing route.  All units will disperse as they travel onto North Main Street in that area.   

2020 Parade Route - Plan D
The Parade will end on North Main Street, just by the Post Office by Center Street.  For spectators, the parade will not be on the Memorial Boulevard as it has been in the past.  

Any question, please contact our Mum Festival Parade Chairperson, Dianna Tack, at: 

Volunteers Needed!

We are in great need of volunteers for the Mum Festival! As most of you know, this historic event almost ended in 2015. Thanks to a public outcry, and the Exchange Club of Bristol CT stepping up, our city’s marquee event was saved. The City of Bristol has also provided an annual grant to ensure that the Mum Festival is supported. This is where you come in! We need your support on our Mum Festival Committee to keep this event going. Whether it is serving on our All Volunteer Committee, or just picking an event to help out on during the Festival, is so critical to the Festival’s survival. As many of our committee members will tell you, it’s a lot of fun, especially giving back to your community.

PLEASE consider helping out by being a Mum Festival Volunteer, by contacting us at

Volunteer Application:


VENDOR Informational Packages – Terms & Conditions
Deadline:  August 20th.  Spots are filling, so please get your application in!!

  2.  Vendor Rules & Regulations
  3.   Electrical Request Form (PDF)
  4.   Online Electrical Request Form

Saturday, September 25 from 12 pm to 8:00 pm
Sunday September 26 from 12 pm to 5:00 pm (parade from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm)

Food Truck Zone:
(Friday Only)
Friday, September 24 from 5pm to 8pm

LOCATION: North Main Street, Bristol, Connecticut 06010

The 2021 Mum Fest will feature dozens of vendors from area businesses, crafters, local producers, restaurants, food trucks, community organizations, non profits, and museums, in addition to games, carnival zone, children’s programming, adult beverages, all-day live music entertainment, picnic areas, a car show and so much more!


Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the Mum Festival! By signing this application you agree to the entirety of the contents and standards outlined in this document. See requirements on attached pages.

Vendor Dates and Vending Times
Saturday, September 25,  from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 26,  from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

We are again looking for Truck Food Vendors, on Thursday and Friday, so if interested, just email Andy Adams at .

Setup Times
Saturday, September 25 from 7:00 am to 10:30 am (food vendors must be setup by 10:30 am for inspection) Sunday, September 26 from 7:00am to 10:30 am (food vendors must be setup by 10:30 am for inspection)  Location: North Main Street, Bristol Connecticut, 06010

Application Deadline: Please contact us at

Booth Prices:  Please see the complete pricing package listed in the
Vendor Rules & Regulations

Saturday & Sunday: 
Standard 12’x12′ Booth Price:  *$100.00 for both days!
*(Price multiples accordingly for larger booth spaces)
Non-Profit Organizations: $50.00 for both days!
Electrical Equipment Service Fee during Festival hours:  $50.00
Electrical Service Fee (24 hours):  $100.00

Food Truck Zone  (Friday Only)
Friday Prices:  $25.00 for an approximate 12’x12′ space,
(price increments accordingly for larger spaces).
Electricity:  $50.00
Electrical Service Fee (24 hours):  $100.00

Electrical Needs Required:
We want to make sure that you have the correct electrical hook-ups, so please take the time to complete the attached form.  Please email the completed form to  Our Electrician will get back to you with any questions.

Electrical Needs Form (Please Completed): 

  1. Electrical Needs Form (PDF)
  2. Online Electrical Needs Form

Payment Methods:

All payments must be made by credit or debit card online.  

For credit or debit card payments email: and a Festival Representative will send a special Link for Online Payment along with your invoice number.  If you have already been approved, and have an “Invoice Number”, please go to our Vendor Payment System to make your payments.

Parade goes right by the Festival on Sunday!

To All Food Vendors:  We reserve the right to limit duplicate food items at the Festival. We will be discouraging gross duplication of major food items in order to preserve a fair market share for all participants in the event, so be sure to apply quickly!  This does not apply to hot and cold beverages, as all food vendors may sell these items in their booths.

Vendor Rules & Regulations

The Bristol Mum Festival is made possible by The City Of Bristol and The Bristol Exchange Club.  The Bristol Exchange Club is a tax exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.Bristol Mum FestivalPO Box 4122Bristol, CT 06010-4122

Official Announcement!

2021 Mum Festival

Greater Bristol Exchange Club

P.O. Box 4122 Bristol, CT 06010



The Tradition Continues – Bristol Mum Festival Returns in September with a 2021 Theme of “Honoring Heroes”

– Popular Community Festival Resumes September 24th – 26th with move to Downtown Bristol –

Bristol, CT., May 24, 2021 – The Mum Festival which has been Bristol’s fall marquee community-focused event for almost 60 years is back. After postponing the 2020 Festival the Bristol Exchange Club and the Mum Festival Committee, are proud to announce the Festival’s return in September 2021 with a theme of “Honoring Heroes”.

The City of Bristol, the Bristol Exchange Club Board of Directors and the Mum Festival Committee, have approved concept plans for a scaled down 2021 Mum Festival based on current Covid Protocols for this year. 

The Mum Festival will be held on September 24th -26th.  Additionally, due to ongoing construction and renovations at the Memorial Blvd. Magnet school this year’s Mum Festival will be moving to Downtown Bristol and held on North Main Street and the surrounding area. 

“As we as a city, state and nation gradually emerge from the pandemic we are excited to be back,” declared Jack Ferraro, Festival General Chair. “After months of hard work and in collaboration with the City of Bristol, various City departments and our volunteer Mum Festival committee, we have developed an operating plan to safely host the Mum Festival that follows existing guidelines that will enable us to bring back a scaled down Festival this fall for all to enjoy.”

A theme of “Honoring Heroes” was chosen to pay tribute to all the heath care and essential workers who worked so hard during the pandemic.

This year’s festival will feature a new layout that will be utilizing lower North Main Street, Hope Street, Riverside Avenue Ext., Bracket Park for our Kids Zone, the Bristol Health parking lot for our Car Show, and the former Patch and surrounding area. There will not be a carnival this year and this will return in 2022. Plans also call for a parade which will also be shortened and moved to downtown as well.  

“For as long as I can remember, the Mum Festival weekend has always been an annual highlight on Bristol’s calendar,” commented Councilman Greg Hahn, City Council Liaison to the Mum Festival Committee. “It is great to have the Festival back after missing last year due to Covid and bringing the celebration downtown will further add to the excitement.  Get ready for the concerts, kid zone, car show, beer garden, art walk, vendors, food, parade, mums and more.  Many thanks to the Exchange Club, the Mum Festival Committee and all the volunteers it takes to make this event happen.”

Over the course of the Festival weekend the 2021 Mum Festival plans will feature vendors from area businesses, crafters, local producers, restaurants, food trucks, community organizations, non- profits, and museums. In addition, the Festival will feature children’s programming such as a petting zoo, pony rides, touch-a-vehicle, pumpkin painting. Plans also call for a classic car show, an art show, great food, a beer and wine garden, and plenty of live music and entertainment. As always admission to the Festival will be free.

 “Fall has always been a time to celebrate and more than ever as we hopefully put Covid in our rear-view mirror this fall we can that the time to celebrate this year and take the time to give thanks and honor our heroes to whom we owe a dept of gratitude,” continued Ferraro. “We are especially excited to be bringing the Festival downtown this year and this years’ Festival will certainly feature something for everyone!” 

The Mum Festival Committee is looking for those interested in becoming Festival sponsors, vendors, volunteers or those individual or organizations interested in participating in the Mum Festival Parade. Check out for more information.

The Mum Festival is also looking for community support to help offset the costs of putting on this community focused event. To donate in support of the Festival please visit .

As planning continues, we will continue to update the community,” continued Ferraro. “Look for more information to be released throughout the summer and early fall.”


For more information on the 2021 Mum Festival & Parade please visit:

The Mum Festival & Parade is Produced by the Exchange Club of Bristol CT INC., a Non-Profit 501-(c)3

The Mum Festival & Parade is a City of Bristol Sponsored Event

Sponsorship & General Inquiries

Jack Ferraro

Jason Fields

Festival General Chair and Co-Chair


Vendor Inquiries

Andy Adams

Vendor Chair


Parade Inquiries

Dianna Tack

Mum Festival Parade Chair


Communication Inquiries

Shannen Tack

Mickey Goldwasser

Marketing & Planning Co-Chairs


Working Plans for 2021 Subject to change:

2021 Downtown Mum Festival – September 24, 25 and 26
2021 Mum Parade Route – September 26, at 1:30 PM

2021 Mum Festival Car Show

We are happy to announce our 2021 Mum Festival Car Show. This year’s show is in Loving Memory of Jimmy Foote. Jim was a huge car enthusiast, and anyone that knew him knows his love for antique and vintage cars. Jim also directed two of Mum Festival’s largest car shows, with well over 240 vehicles.

Jimmy’s wife Bev Foote asked if she could chair the 2021 Mum Festival Car Show. We are honored, especially this year, to have Bev as our Chair. Please help Bev in making the 2021 Mum Festival Car Show a most memorable event in honor of her late husband Jimmy, who passed recently of Covid.

Please see the information listed on the flyer, and please share to anyone that may be interested. Bev can also be reached at Thank you!!