Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Trivia Night - put on your thinking caps....

Last Friday we attended a fundraiser for the Holts Summit Lions club.  It was a trivia night (their first, we have been to many over the years).  For those of you who cringe at the thought of playing trivia, let me explain this way to play.  It is a team event, most places have 6-8 people per team.  This time we had 6 players.  There are 10 rounds of play with 10 questions per round for a total of 100 points possible.  All the teams answer the same questions and write their agreed upon answers on a score sheet.  The judges check the sheets and post the scores for the teams after each round.  For those of you who are 'trivia challenged' it is a perfect situation.  You can be on a team and never even give an answer!  Winners sometimes get their entry fee back or prizes.  Remember...this is a fundraiser for the group putting on the game.

Our team - Dennis, Holly, Lynn, Troy, Carrie & Brian

One round was 'name the cereal'
Extra items that are sometimes available are 'mulligans' or points for a price.  We bought stickers that could be placed on the scoresheet when we didn't know an answer and still get the point.  Most games allow 5 mulligans to be purchased for $5-$10.  During breaks between rounds there may be extra games to play for an additional charge.  This event had a few of those games for $1 per person to play.  One was true/false.  Each player had a sign with true on one side and false on the other.  Everyone lined up and a true or false question was read.  Players decide individually their answer and hold up the appropriate sign.  If you are wrong, you are out.  The winners got scratcher lottery tickets.   Other games that played the same way were dead/alive (where famous names were read) and heads/tails (coins were flipped).  During the evening there was also opportunity to purchase 50/50 tickets.

Dennis won the true/false game

This event did not have any silent auction, live auction or door prizes - those are often available at other trivia fundraising events.  Because the Lions Club does not have a bar - you could BYOB.  Your admission included soda, cups & ice and free popcorn!  Hot dogs and sandwiches were available for purchase.   There were 'goodies' on the table for team players from local businesses (pencils, nail files, chapstick, candy and more). 

A few of the Lions Club members

Nice crowd for the first Lions Club trivia event
The final scores were not great, this event had some hard questions!  Our team ended in the middle of the pack (6th out of 13 teams) with a score of 50!!  We usually end up in the 70's at these events.  It was a fun evening out and supported a great group.  Thanks to the Holts Summit Lions Club for sponsoring this event and we look forward to your future ventures!

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