The Ottumwa Courier

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April 10, 2013

Exercise your mind

OTTUMWA — The trivia night circuit is huge all around the country, and it’s now right here in southeast Iowa.

Only eight tables remain open for the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival’s inaugural Trivia Night this Saturday at the Ottumwa Country Club. Organizers say the event serves two purposes: It will be a fun evening of trivia, and all the proceeds will go to the upcoming summer festival.

Dennis Willhoit, president of AGPAF, says that trivia nights are an up-and-coming event all in many communities.

“Trivia nights are just coming over the horizon. There’s a whole trivia circuit around the country,” Willhoit explained. “It’s becoming wildly popular. I attended one and had such a good time.”

So while planning the schedule of events for the summer festival, a trivia night fundraiser seemed like the perfect fit.

“We’re encouraging lots of healthy competition. That really makes it fun,” Willhoit said. “They’ve been exercising their bodies, and now it’s time to exercise their minds in a recreational way.”

Teams of 10 people will compete in 10 rounds of 10 questions. The plan, Willhoit said, is to have 200 people competing.

Tickets for the trivia night event are $30 for single tickets and $250 for a table or team of 10 registering together.

The event ticket will include complimentary beer, wine and hor d’oeurves from 6-9 p.m. The competition will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a dance at 9 p.m. featuring the local band SEZ WHO.

As part of the fundraising effort, mulligans can be purchased at the door for $2 each. These mulligans can be used once per round for those especially tricky questions.

Prizes will be awarded to the top-scoring teams and include gift cards and silent auction items donated by many local businesses.

“We just want it to be an evening of healthy, competitive fun. We want them to walk away with a big smile on their face because they had a great time,” Willhoit said.

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