Thursday, October 2, 2014
Personally, I know if there's a category on cats, I should be able to carry the Inlander's team through at least one round of tonight's inaugural Spokane Trivia Championship.
The event tonight at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 7 pm, seeks not only to name one of the smarty-pants team the local champions of random, trivial facts, but also has the bigger goal to raise money to support the Spokane Public Library's STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs.
While it's unfortunately not open to the public as your favorite local pub trivia nights are, there are chances for the audience to participate beyond cheering for their favorite team. Play along (quietly) Jeopardy style, as the questions are projected onto a screen. There's also prizes offered for the best cheering section and funniest wrong answers.
The format of the event has groups of three-person teams coming up on the stage together to compete in 10-question rounds of typical trivia categories such as nature, arts, geography, local history and sports. Teams get 20 seconds to write their answer on a white board, and the team with the most correct answers in the final round is named champion. Emcee for the night is Mark Robbins, the frontman of local rockers the Camaros and a Lewis & Clark English teacher, yet who's probably most widely known as the glasses-wearing dude in the Northern Quest's commercials/billboards.
If you're not coming to cheer on your friends or family, maybe one of the following teams prompts your support. Tickets are $12, and the proceeds support the library. Kids 12 and under get in free.