The Quiz Show started out in the spring of 2004 as a fundraiser for the Winters Friends of the Library, but it is more than just about raising money. It is a challenging and creative event that requires brains, and it is a great deal of fun. It is fun to be smart, and this event shows how true that is.
The Quiz Show brings out eclectic groups of people who all have knowledge to share. The teams that do well usually have different ages represented on their teams, and different interests, to make sure the bases are covered.
We can have as many as 10 teams of five people each, and several years we have had a full house. Teams may be sponsored by civic organizations such as Soroptomists, businesses such as Main Street Cellars, or formed from a group of friends. People not part of a ready-made team may sign up for a fee of $20, and form teams of interested individuals. WFoL sponsors the all-student teams because they add so much fun to the game.
There are three rounds of questions, and questions come from 12 different categories.Categories can include literature, geography, news, sports, history, and Winters trivia. In an evening there are about 120 -130 questions used. As the popularity has grown, the audience has increased, and we now expect to have around 40 people watching and encouraging the participants. Most all teams have Winters connections, though we have had several individuals from out of town.
Many members of the WFoL organization participate to make the event work smoothly. Volunteers set up, keep score, time, announce, judge, bake, serve cookies, sell tickets, and take photos.
The wonderful trophy was designed and built by artist Jeff Hessemeyer, and the clickers that we use in the final round were crafted by Dwight Howard.