Mum Festival BINGO Press Release

The Exchange Club of Bristol CT, Inc.

P.O. Box 4122 Bristol, CT 06010


BINGO! A Bristol Mum Festival Tradition Continues

– Mum Festival to Host BINGO Event on October 16th-

Bristol, CT., October 12, 2022 – The Mum Festival Committee, in keeping with this year’s theme of “Celebrating 60 Years of Flower Power”, is pleased to announce that this year’s Festival will once again feature its highly popular BINGO event which will be be held at the Bristol Polish Club on the afternoon of Sunday, October 16th.   

As one of the Mum Festival’s Season of Events, BINGO will once again be held at the Bristol Polish American Citizen’s Club located at 541 N. Main Street in Bristol.

“Mum Festival BINGO is one of our most popular fundraisers and we can’t thank our community enough for their support as we continue the tradition”, said Linda Salisbury, Mum Festival BINGO & Craft Fair Chairperson. “It will be a fun-filled afternoon of Mum Festival BINGO on October 16th.” 

Doors open at 11:00 am and games will start at 2:00 pm. There is a $12 admissions package with tickets available at the door. The event will include specials at $1 each, two (2) winner takes all games, a 50/50 drawing along with raffles and door prizes. Food will also be available for purchase with Free coffee and tea.  

“As our Mum Season of Events continue, this promises to be an afternoon event that everyone will enjoy”, added Jack Ferraro, Mum Festival Chairman. “Linda and her team have been hard at work to make the day special.  We will also have a special 60th year memento, for all our BINGO players.  Our final event for the season will be our Fall Mum Festival Craft Fair, on November 5th, at the Polish Club, so please save the date!”

“The greater Bristol community really enjoys this fall tradition each and every year” Linda continued.  “Coming out for BINGO helps us raise the funds we need to produce the Mum Festival and to support several of our Caring Programs through Exchange. Our committee is looking forward to seeing all of the BINGO players out there at the Bristol Polish Club for our special event.

For those that can’t make BINGO and simply would like to make a donation of monetary support to the Festival and our Caring Programs, please visit

For more information about Mum Festival BINGO contact Linda Salisbury at 860.845.8244 or


For more information on the 2022 Mum Festival BINGO or Fall Craft Fair visit:

The Mum Festival is the City of Bristol’s Annual Marquee Event, and is Produced by the Exchange Club of Bristol CT INC., a Non-Profit 501-(c)3

Many Thanks to Our Amazing Sponsors & the City of Bristol

Communications & General Inquiries

Jack Ferraro

Festival General Chairman


Sponsorship & Donation Inquiries

Jason Fields

Mum Festival Finance Chair


A Big Mum Thank You!!

A very special thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that made this year’s Mum Festival such a huge success! This year’s festival was just a wonderful event, and one that will not be forgotten. Many thanks to our Mum Festival Chairs & Liaisons:

Jack Ferraro, Mum Festival Logistics & General Chairman

Jason Fields, Vice-Chair & Finance Director

Andrea Botto Adams, Vendor Relations Chair

Susan Berard, Bookkeeper & Purchasing Chair

Shannen Cianci, Vendor Layout & Design Chair

Donna Marie Dognin, Veterans Relations & Patriotism Chair

Beverly Foote, Car Show Chair

Mickey Goldwasser, Public Relations Chair

Harley Graime, Public Safety Chair

Brianna Longo, Miss Mum Chair

Joyce Ptak, Art & Hospitality Chair

Dave Rackliffe, Facilities Management Chair

Sue Radke, CERT Liaison

Maria Salice, Entertainment Chair and MC

Linda Salisbury, BINGO & Craft Fair Chair

Dianna Tack, Mum Festival Parade & Volunteer Chair

Karl Tack, Family Events Chair

Also, to our many Committee Members:

Janet & Tyrone Mellon, Sarah Sullivan, Debbie Schur, Joan & Peter Pelkey, Gary Paradis & Gary Paradis Jr., Electrical, Mark Blethen, our amazing sign guy!! and Marenna Family Amusements!

“In Loving Memory of Paul Berard and Jim Foote”, we so miss you, but know you are both with us in spirit always…

A huge shout out to our City Liaison, Harley Graime, who handled all our city needs throughout the festival! You rock!

To our CERTS, Police, Fire, Parks, Public Works, Building, Water, Health, and Emergency Management Departments and the Board of Education, we could not have done it without you!! To our awesome EMT’s, many thanks.

Special thanks to Mayor Jeffery Caggiano for his support and love of our Festival! Our Board of Finance for their unwavering support, understanding the importance of this great community event…❤️

As always, our wonderful Sponsors!! You make this event possible each year, ensuring the many happy faces in our community. Without you, we would not be able to put on the variety this festival offers!!

To all those who helped out that may not have been mentioned, we thank you!! To our community and visitors, see you all next year!! Mums the Word!

Jack Ferraro

General Chairman

Bristol Mum Festival

2022 Mum Parade Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022
2022 Mum Parade Winners

BRISTOL — The streets of downtown Bristol were awash in “Flower Power” on Sunday, as the
annual Bristol Mum Festival Parade stepped off for its 60th annual edition. Local schools, churches, clubs, businesses, and more were invited to craft floats in line with the parade theme, “Celebrating 60 Years of Flower Power.” Among the groups that took the theme to heart were Ivy Drive School, which was presented with the Parade Chairperson’s Best Use of Theme Award for their float; St. Matthew School, which was honored with the Best Live Flowers award; and Wojtusik Nursery and Christmas Shop, which won the award for Best Business float, given each year in memory of Sheila Kelley. This year, more than 60 units participated in the parade, and 21 of those groups crafted floats.

“It was truly an epic 60th year for the festival, and the parade,” said Mum Festival Chairman Jack Ferraro. “And the weather held off for the parade – just a few refreshing drops of rain.”

Other parade units of note included this years Hometown Heroes, the city’s Vietnam Veterans.
Parade Marshal was Taylor Kinzler, host of NBC Connecticut’s lifestyle show, CT Live! And the
Connecticut Patriots Fife & Drum Corps took home top performance honors, earning itself the
Best Overall Award, selected by independent expert parade performance judges and given in
memory of longtime parade organizer Bob Bailey. The city’s two public high schools’ marching bands combined forces to lead off the parade, followed by their individual cheerleading squads. Each set of cheerleaders put on a strong performance at the reviewing stand, with Bristol Eastern’s group taking the first-place Non Musical award and Bristol Central’s coming in second in the category. Once again, this year’s parade route took marching units on a slightly shorter route than usual, allowing marchers to proceed up Main Street, where the reviewing stand was positioned and where a crew from Nutmeg TV filmed the parade for an upcoming airing.

The Bristol Mum Parade is produced and directed by the Bristol Exchange Club. Awards for the 60th annual Mum Festival Parade were given in the following categories for floats and performances:
Best Overall Award, Given in Memory of Robert Bailey: Connecticut Patriots Fife & Drum Corps
First Place, High School Band: Torrington High School
Second Place, High School Band: Combined Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern High Schools
Third Place, High School Band: Terryville High School
First Place, Non Musical: Bristol Eastern High School Cheerleaders
Second Place, Non Musical: Bristol Central High School Cheerleaders
First Place, Dance Group: Dance Arts Centre
Second Place, Dance Group: Get Up N Dance 
Third Place, Dance Group: The Dance Project

Mum Festival Chairperson’s Award: Lights on Rosewood
Hometown Heroes’ Choice Award: West Bristol School
Mayor’s Award: Edgewood School
Parade Chairperson Award, Best Use of Festival Theme (“60 Years of Flower Power”): Ivy Drive School
Best Live Flowers: St. Matthew School
Best Business Entry, Given in Memory of Sheila Kelley: Wojtusik Nursery Garden Center & Christmas Shop
Second Place, Best Business: Flips Gymnastics
First Place, Best Youth: Hubbell School
Second Place, Best Youth: West Bristol School
Third Place, Best Youth: Ivy Drive School
Fourth Place, Best Youth: Bristol Girls Little League Softball
First Place, Best Community: Bridge Community Church
Second Place, Best Community: Light Up Bristol
Third Place, Best Community: Riverside Baptist Church

For more information on the festival and the parade, visit


2022 Miss Mum Pageant

2022 Bristol Mum Festival Welcomes Miss Mum Pageant Back On Friday, September 23rd! Moves to New Location!

Bristol, CT. – 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 Chrysanthemum Pageant on Friday evening, September 23rd.

As the Festival moves back to Memorial Boulevard 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 in the newly revamped Rockwell Theater in the middle of all the action at the new Memorial Boulevard Intradistrict Arts Magnet School. 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. There will also be performances by current Miss Chrysanthemum, Camryn Patton and Petite Miss Chrysanthemum, Kyla McQuiggan.  Two new titles will be awarded: 2022 Miss Chrysanthemum and 2022 Little Miss Chrysanthemum.

Under the direction of Miss Mum Pageant Chairperson Brianna Longo, who served as Miss Mum in 1999, the Miss Chrysanthemum Pageant encourages self-confidence, creative accomplishment, community service, and positive role-modeling among young women within the Bristol community. 

“The Miss Mum Pageant is truly a celebration of the young ladies and future leaders in Bristol,” said Miss Mum Chairperson, Brianna Longo. “We are especially excited that this year’s event will be held at the heart of the festival, in the new auditorium that so many Miss Chrysanthemum’s had the honor of competing in.  We are also honored to be part of the opening ceremonies of the Mum Festival.”

The Mum Festival will be held on September 23rd -25th at 70 Memorial Boulevard.

“Miss Chrysanthemum 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 . 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 2022 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 Vice-Chair
Vendor Inquiries
Andy Adams
Vendor Chair

Taylor Kinzler 2022 Grand Marshal

Bristol Mum Festival Announces 2022 Grand Marshall – Taylor Kinzler of NBC Connecticut

The 2022 Bristol Mum Festival Committee is proud to announce Taylor Kinzler, host of NBC Connecticut’s lifestyle show, CT Live!, is this year’s Grand Marshall.

Taylor joined the NBC Connecticut team in 2018 to host the network’s first morning lifestyle show. She previously worked from 2015 to 2018 at WABI TV5, the CBS affiliate station in Bangor, Maine, where she reported during the day and anchored their evening newscast. She was the youngest female journalist to earn their evening anchor position. Prior to her time in Maine, Taylor worked at NBC Sports Washington as a production assistant.

She was born in Lakeville, Massachusetts. She is a former Miss Massachusetts, winning the prestigious title in 2012. She graduated from American University in Washington DC with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Law and Society.

Taylor is excited about the opportunity to participate in this year’s festival, noting the importance of the 60th year celebration. She is looking forward to meeting members of the Bristol community.

Taylor is a self-proclaimed foodie and is a travel junkie who loves to explore new places with friends and family. She also admits to being a Netflix binge watcher. She likes romantic comedies but loves scary movies. She volunteers with Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Village, Leading Ladies CT, and serve as a mentor with Best Buddies.

The Mum Festival runs from September 23rd through the 25th


Weather Forecast for Bristol CT

Friday Events & Entertainment

September 23, Starting at 5:00 PM

  • 5:00-9:30 Amusement Rides/Midway
    (Wrist Bands Available)
  • 5:00-9:30 Food Truck Night
  • 5:00-9:30 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden


  • 5:00-5:30 Opening Ceremonies
  • 5:30-6:30 Hometown Heroes
    Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans
  • 7:30-9:00 Headliner Band!! Darik & The Funbags
  • 9:00-9:30 Spectacular Laser Light Show!


  • 5:30-7:30 Miss Mum Pageant


  • 5:00-9:30 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden
  • 5:00-9:30 Mum Festival Art Show
  • 5:00-9:30 Create a Tie-Dye Shirt
  • 5:00-9:30 “Mum Memories”
    Sponsored by the Bristol Historical Society
  • 6:00-7:30 T.J. Thompson Band

Saturday Events & Entertainment

September 24, Starting at 12:00 PM

All Day

  • 12:00-9:30 Amusement Rides/Midway,
    (Wrist Bands Available)
  • 12:00-9:30 Food Trucks & Booths,
  • 12:00-9:30 Craft, Business & Community Vendors,
  • 12:00-9:30 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden,
  • 12:00-9:30 Mum Festival Arts Show,
  • 12:00-9:30 Mum Memories Show (Historical Society)


  • 12:30-1:30 Rich Badowski Blues Band
  • 2:30-3:30 RELIC (Classic Rock)
  • 4:30-5:30 42 Salute (Country/Light Rock)
  • 5:30-6:00 Solo Acoustic Artist (TBA)
  • 7:00-9:15 Headliner Band! Soul Sound Revue


  • 12:00-9:30 Mum Festival Art Show
  • 12:00-9:30 Mem Memories,
    Presented by the Bristol Historical Society
  • 3:30-4:30 Jim Pelletier (Acoustic/Rock)


  • 12:00-6:00 Star Wars Padawan Training,
    Presented by Saber Guild Kessel Temple
  • 12:00-6:30 Star Wars and Other Characters
  • 12:00-6:00 Pumpkin Painting,
    Presented by Miss Mums
  • 12:00-6:00 Pirate Show,
    Presented by the Bawdy Buccaneers

School Parking Lot

  • 1:00-5:00 Mum Festival Car Show

Memorial Boulevard (by Mellen Street)

  • 12:00-4:00 Touch-A-Vehicle
  • 12:00-6:00 Stage East Entertainment
  • 12:00-6:00 Hay Rides
  • 12:00-6:00 Magic Show
  • 12:00-6:00 Balloon Tying,
  • 12:00-6:00 Giant Bubbles,
  • 12:00-6:00 Dunk Tanks,
  • 12:00-6:00 Stilt Walkers & Jugglers,
  • 12:00-6:00 Cinderella, Famous Characters, and so much more!
  • 12:00-6:00 Barnes Nature Center, Garden Club and Scouts
  • 1:00-6:00 Pony Rides
  • 1:00-6:00 Petting Zoo
  • 6:30-8:00 Fire Spinners

Sunday Events & Entertainment

September 25, Starting at 8:00 AM

Bristol Elks Lodge #1010

  • Hometown Heroes Breakfast
    8:00 – 10:00 AM
    $10.00 per person
    Veterans are Free!

Marquee Tent

  • 12:00-6:00 Bristol Blues Beverage Garden
  • 12:00-6:00 Mum Festival Mum Memories

Event Tents

Starting at 12:00 PM

  • 12:00-6:00 Youth & Diversity Kids Program
  • 12:00-6:00 Giant Bubbles
  • 1:00-6:00 Petting Zoo

Memorial Boulevard

Starting at 12:00 PM

  • 12:00-6:00 Amusement Rides/Midway,
  • 12:00-6:00 Food Trucks & Booths,
  • 12:00-6:00 Craft, Business & Community Vendors,


  • 1:00-2:30 Headliner Band! Lori & The Legends (R&B/Rock)
  • 3:30-5:00 LB4 (Funk/Rock/Blues/Reggae/Soul)
  • 5:30-6:00 Closing Ceremonies


Sunday, September 25th, Starting at 1:30 PM

  • Parade Starts on Race Street
  • Left On West Street
  • Left On South Street
  • Left On Main Street
  • Left On Riverside Avenue Extension
  • Right On North Main Street (Ends by Ice Cream Churn)
  • Parade ends around 3:30 PM

Please return to Memorial Boulevard for more festivities! Over 130 Vendors, Food Vendors, Amusement Rides, Family Events, Musical Entertainment and so much more!!


Sponsor the 2023 Mum Festival!

Download the 2023 Sponsor Form:
(For donations over $249.00)

Online Mum Booster Donations:  Donate

($10.00 – $249.00):


City of Bristol


The Exchange Club of Bristol


Bristol Health


RGD Technologies


D’Amato Construction Company

TILCON Connecticut


Barnes Group

Bristol C.E.R.T. Team

Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth Services

Bristol Police Department

Bristol Public Works


Chippanee Country Club

Connecticut Moving & Storage

Farmington Auto Park

First Student


Webster Bank

Wheeler Health

GOLD SPONSORS ($1,000.00+)

Allied Sanitation

Bristol Fire Department

Bristol Housing Authority 


Marenna Amusements

M&T Bank

Paradis Electric, Inc.

Plainville Police Department

Seymour Media
Steven L. Seymour, Owner/Operator

State Farm Insurance
Matthew J. Bub, Agent

The Broad View Fund

Torrington Savings Bank

Starkweather & Shepley



Gresczyk Farm

Precision Express Mfg.

Family Roots Produce Market

Mad Dog’s Junk Removal

Tom & Michelle Hick (TNT ECO CLEAN LLC)


Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce

City Hardware/Just Ask Rental

Joyce Ptak

Aaron Potthoff – Realtor

The Bristol Edition

The Woof Pack

Thomaston Savings Bank

Tracy Driscoll

BOOSTERS ($100.00 – $249.00) 

Jack & Joanne Ferraro
Jason Fields
Debbie Schur
Janet & Ty Mellon
Mickey Goldwasser
Maria Salice
Karl & Dianna Tack


Andy Adams
Sue Berard
Shannen Cianci
Donna Damm Dognin
Harley Graime
Dave Rackliffe
Sue Radke
Sarah Sullivan

Many Thanks to All Our 2022 Sponsors!

Please consider being a Sponsor for the 2022 Mum Festival!

Download the 2022 Sponsor Form:


Sponsor the Fall Festival of the year…

OUR STORY:  The Mum Festival has been an epic fall festival in Bristol’s history. Once known as the Mum City, Bristol was famous for this colorful flower, and through the years proud Fall festivities were put on by residents for all in the region to enjoy! The Festival is Sponsored by the City of Bristol and Directed by the Greater Bristol Exchange Club. One of the premiere festivals in New England!

This is where you come in! In order to do the Festival justice, we are approaching you to be one of the many great and necessary sponsors to pull off the considerable size and scope of this effort. With you on board, we can create a memorable event for thousands of Mum Festival goers, encouraging thousands to experience the many layers of festival offerings over a 4-day action packed weekend. In a sponsorship role, this great event will provide your business or organization exposure to thousands of people, in addition to tens of thousands of impressions through our advertising and event efforts leading up to the big weekend. The 2016 Mum Festival and Parade drew well over 50,000 visitors!

All sponsorships will be tax deductible via 501(c) 3 non profit event partner, The Bristol Exchange Club.  If you are interested in sponsoring or would like more info please contact: Jason Fields: E:  P: 860.707.6286 

What: Over the course of the weekend the 2018 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, children’s programming, adult beverages, fireworks on Friday, all-day live music and entertainment, a car show and so much more!

Where: The event will be held in downtown Bristol at Memorial Boulevard Theatre field and the surrounding area, where parking, including handicap parking, will be available too. Parking will also be available at Associated Spring, the Depot Square (former mall) lot, other municipal lots, and on-street, where available.

Join In!: We are offering you the unique chance to support this wonderful opportunity for our Bristol and Connecticut communities to gather, create memories, and contribute to Bristol’s positive efforts to become a destination. This exciting event reinforces the City and Chambers’ efforts to promote downtown as a destination, and we hope that it will encourage everyone to join in and help our region rise to new heights!

We hope you can join this effort to put on this amazing festival in the heart of our state for all to converge, and we thank you for your time and support in advance. There’s just one last thing we’d like to say, “Mum’s the Word”…

All sponsorships will be tax deductible via 501(c) 3 non profit event partner The Bristol Exchange Club. The Bristol Mum Festival is made possible by The Bristol Exchange Club and The City Of Bristol.  The Bristol Exchange Club is a tax exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.

Download the 2022 Sponsor Form:


Festival Parking and Bus Transportation

Free Parking will be available at the following locations:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Old Webster Bank Parking Lot on Riverside Avenue
  • Bristol Health Parking Lot on Hope Street is available at the following hours:
    Friday after 4:30 PM
    Saturday after 2:00 PM
    Sunday, please note that the parade starts to line up at 11, so the Hope street entrance will be closed during the parade.
  • Board of Education Parking Lot on Church Street
  • Church Street Commuter Lot by the Board of Education
  • Barnes Group Parking Lot and 10 Main Street
  • New Magnet School Parking Lot on South Street (Handicap Parking Only)
  • New Magnet School Parking Lot on Willis Street Extension is available at the following hours:
    Friday after 5:00 PM
    Saturday after 6:00 PM
    Sunday starting at 12:00 PM
  • Parking is also available on side streets as always. Please follow all parking regulations.

First Student Bus

****Mum Festival Bus Schedule****

Saturday September 24th

Shuttle Bus—runs 12:00 – 9:30 pm

Pick Up & Drop Off:

  1. Riverside and Main Street at Bus Stop
  2. Hope Street (Bristol Health Parking Lot at designated hours above)
  3. Commuter Lot next to the Board of Education building on Church Street
  4. 10 Main Street/Barnes Group (by ATM machine) on South Street
  5. New Magnet School (South Street parking lot)

Bus will continue the loop from 12:00 – 9:00 pm

Sunday September  25th

Shuttle Bus runs from 12:00 – 6:00 pm

  1. Old Webster Bank Parking Lot on Riverside Avenue.
  2. South Street Parking Lot by East Road.
  3. 10 Main Street/Barnes Group (by ATM machine) on South Street
  4. New Magnet School (South Street Parking Lot)

Bus will continue the loop from 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Mum Parade Application & Information

Dear Friends:

The 60th Annual Mum Festival Parade will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, stepping off at 1:30 p.m.  Our Festival & Parade Theme is “Celebrating 60 Years of Flower Power!” This should be an exiting theme for all floats!!

Please complete participation form below by Wednesday, August 31, 2022.  If you have any questions, let us know! Send us an email at:


You must complete and submit the form below by August 31, 2022.   Thank You!                  

Please see linked file for Parade Rules & General Information:



Please note, due to continuing road construction projects, please see the new Parade Route in the print below.  The route has been shortened by approximately one mile, by avoiding the Memorial Boulevard.  

Our Grand Reviewing Stand location will be on Main Street adjacent to the Barnes Group and Bikers Edge. The Parade will officially end on North Main Street.  Spectators should avoid all of North Main Street, as that is the official end of the performing route.  All units will disperse as they enter onto North Main Street from Riverside Avenue Extension. Please disperse on either side of North Main Street. There will be Mum Festival Volunteers their to guide you.

parade route map_2022_070722

The parade will end on North Main Street just before City Hall. Spectators, please note, the parade will not be on the Memorial Boulevard as it has been in the past.  

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