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 for our library and programs. 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. There is a fee of $100 per team in advance, or $125 per team at the door. Teams may be sponsored by civic organizations, businesses, or formed from a group of friends. People not part of a ready-made team may sign up for a fee of $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and form teams of interested individuals.
The public is invited to come to watch and cheer for their favorite team. There is an entrance fee which includes snacks, and beer and wine are available for purchase.
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.