By Matthew Rice
Granville Rotary Club’s Trivia Night returns Jan. 28 for a fun-filled evening of fundraising and trivia.
The event will be held at The Forum on Jan. 28 with a cash bar, free appetizers and desserts provided.
The competition to see who the titan of trivia, begins at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m.
Rotary Club member Dave O’Brien said the night is one every participant enjoys and it’s all for a great cause.
“Everyone should come out, it’s a great event and a great night – it’s a lot of fun,” O’Brien said.
A team of students and a team of teachers are expected to be among the entrants trying to outsmart the winners of the previous years. Last year’s winners were from the Slate Valley Museum. The three wins before that went to veterinarians.
Both large animal and small animal have won the title, with small animal taking the inaugural and another crown to large animal’s single title.
The minimum age for participation had been 21 since the start of the trivia challenge because drinks were available at the bar.
“We dropped the age to allow high school students to participate last year, we’re hoping to see more involvement there, maybe they can even win the title,” O’Brien said.
Students return for the 2012 challenge at a special rate of $90 per team of six. Student teams must be 21 or younger.
New this year, student teams will compete among themselves for a new trophy and the student trivia title.
Another returning award is the Forando Cup which will go to the highest scoring Rotary club at the competition.
O’Brien said Poultney has already signed up and several other area clubs have been invited. The struggle for the Rotary Trophy is hoped to add a little spice and competitive fire to an already hotly contested evening.
Teams are asked to sign up as soon as possible.
To enter a team, call Peter O’Brien at TD Bank at 642-1010 and make a reservation under a team name.
The team name will help organizers get score cards prepared in advance of the event. Participants do not need to have a team of six people completely together to sign up, but organizers said it would help them plan if they knew how many teams were going to show up that night so make a reservation and then solidify that lineup.
Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 20.
Each team can consist of no more than six people and adult teams cost $150 or just $25 per person, to enter; fewer team members does not mean a reduced entry fee.
O’Brien said the level of participation could reach record levels if sign ups continue at their current pace so he encouraged teams to sign up as soon as possible.
“Spectators are always welcome,” O’Brien said. The cost for spectators is $12.
This year a new team developed a new group of questions for the contest.
“We’ve got a new team and all-new questions,” O’Brien said.
Although some of the focus is on the title of trivia champion, the most important thing to remember is the true purpose of the evening’s festivities.
“The important thing to remember is all of the money raised goes back into the community,” O’Brien said.
“I’d encourage everyone to come out and join in, if anything else, you’re going to have