Teams to show off trivia knowledge on Friday

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

On Friday, local community members will come together to raise money for the Cassville Education Fund and show off their trivia knowledge. This year's Trivia Night competition will be held in the Cassville High School commons area at 7 p.m.

"Kids are the future," said Leslie Smith, who has participated in past Trivia Night competitions. "Funds raised through this event give kids extra help as they work to pursue their dreams and reach their goals.

"I love the social part of this event," continued Smith. "It isn't just one particular group of people who take part in Trivia Night. People from the entire community come together to participate in this event."

Mary Cupps, Cassville Education Fund chair, describes Trivia Night as "a friendly team competition." Throughout the four trivia rounds, participants have the opportunity to discuss each question, and team members agree upon one answer, which is written on an answer sheet. Trivia topics include sports, history, geography, literature, pop culture, movies, music, food and nature.

While scores for each round are tallied, team members have the option of participating in winner-take-all bonus point competitions.

At the end of the evening, the team that has correctly answered the most questions and earned the most bonus points is crowned the Champions of Trivia. The reigning champions are the Commerce Bank Cash Cows.

Groups of friends, church members, co-workers, club members and individual trivia buffs are invited to take part in Trivia Night. Teams will include up to eight members, and individuals will be assigned to pick-up teams on the night of the event.

The entry fee is $15 per player or $120 per team.

"Trivia night has raised several thousand dollars for the Cassville Education Fund, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the night go to the fund," said Cupps. "The fund helps fund requests from teachers for their academic wish lists, so to speak."

The Cassville Education Fund provides money for grants that are awarded to teachers in the spring of each school year. Over the last two years, grants have been used to purchase software, textbooks and portable document cameras for classrooms.

"These are items that aren't included in the district's budget, but have academic merit," said Cupps. "We like to think that we can satisfy requests that either will take a long time before they can be funded by the district or that may never be funded because of the increasing demands placed on the school budget."

For guaranteed placement in the competition, individuals and teams should pre-register at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce office, located at 504 Main St., in Cassville or call the chamber at 847-2814.

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