Over 2,000 competitors will be gathering for the 36 annual Trivia Weekend coming to St. Cloud, and to the airwaves, by KVSC 88.1 FM Feb. 13 through Feb. 15. This year, the theme is “Game of Trivia: Quest for Futile Facts,” featuring fantasy and folklore that has been passed down through myths, legends and tales.
This event is hosted at the St. Cloud State’s radio station, consisting of 50 hours of broadcasting.
In this time, over 450 trivia questions are asked to teams listening on the radio and online. These questions will include a broad range of questions regarding pop culture, science, sports, visual trivia, history and more.
Registration for this event is currently underway and will continue through 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Teams must consist of a minimum of five people and can be from the general public, as well as college teams. In the past, this event has garnered teams from all over the United States, and even Europe.
To register, visit KVSC between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during business days. Long distance teams can mail in completed entry forms that can be found at KVSC.org. KVSC will mail the visual trivia, posters, and other information as soon as registration forms are received. The cost is $50 for the general public and $25 for SCSU students.
KVSC first began Trivia Weekend in 1980. It was originally designed and organized by KVSC and SCSUs Residence Hall Association as a way to alleviate cabin fever. That first year had 25 teams participating, with a staff of 14 present to answer calls from four phone lines. The number of lines has grown to 32 hotlines now in 2015.
“It is a fun event because it gives the chance for brainiacs to show their knowledge on a bigger medium. The dedication of the participants, sponsors and everyone involved is what makes it really special,” said Declan Goff, Sports Director at KVSC.
In recent years, hundreds of volunteers have assisted in making the event possible. Approximately 40 to 45 volunteers are needed each hour for 50 consecutive hours. Jobs for these volunteers include answering phone hotlines, co-host radio shows, work in scoring and point distribution roles, produce audio and UTVS productions.
The contest will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 13 and will conclude at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. The 50-hour contest will have an awards ceremony in Ritsche Auditorium at St. Cloud State beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The winning team will receive the Minnesota Masters of Trivia Traveling Trophy. This trophy contains the names of the winning teams dating back 35 years ago. After the ceremony, participants and volunteers are invited to the Red Carpet Nightclub in St. Cloud to celebrate with live music.
For more information about this event visit http://www.kvsc.org/listen_life.php.