The Daily Mountain Eagle will be defending its Brain Trophy when the 10th Annual Jasper Rotary Trivia Night is held on Friday, Feb. 28.
Kevin Callahan, who oversees the event on behalf of the Rotary Club of Jasper, said the doors at the Jasper Civic Center will be open at 6 p.m. with trivia questions starting at 7 p.m.
Ten rounds of questions are asked to teams in the room, who confer with each other and write down the answers. Correct answers will be given at the end of the round, and the teams are scored. No reference materials or cell phones are allowed to be used.
This is one of two major club fundraisers that are done back-to-back.
Callahan said, "We are doing it in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Jasper. The Kiwanis will have their Pancake Breakfast the next morning, the same way we've done it in the past few years." The breakfast is held at Bevill State Community College in Jasper.
Rotary raises between $6,000 and $10,000 (depending on the number of teams) to use for scholarships, one-day projects and the Eagle's Nest bird-watching site that is being set up at Walker County Lake. Leadership programs for children are also funded.
"The fundraiser helped to fund the (Jasper welcome sign off U.S. Interstate 22 on Industrial Boulevard) as you come into Jasper," he said.
One new aspect of the event will be a dessert bar, with desserts furnished for free by restaurants and bakeries in the city, he said. People have usually brought their own food, but this year they don't have to bring desserts.
"We're going to have cakes and pies. It is the good stuff, and it is all you can eat," he said.
"We have upped the price a little this year, by $10 a head. It has been $25 a head and it will now be $35 a head," Callahan said. "But for that you get full access to the dessert bar."
Thirty teams have usually shown up the past few years, but Rotary is hoping this year for 40 teams, Callahan said. Teams include a maximum of eight people, including a captain who turns in the answers. Questions can be repeated at the end of a round on request.
"The categories are from the Bible to Disney to geography to world history. It can be any number of subjects," he said. "We have mulligans for teams who don't know all the answers. You can buy five mulligans for $25. If you don't know the answer, you can put that in."
Winning teams usually get between 82 and 87 questions correct, he said. The winner gets the "Big Brain Trophy," which was awarded to the Eagle's team last year and proudly displayed at its entrance.
"Trivia Night is always a very enjoyable night," Eagle Publisher and Rotarian James Phillips said Friday. "It is a night that I look forward to every year. this year, I'm looking forward to successfully defending our Giant Brain Trophy, proving the DME is the undisputed trivia champions of Walker County."
The dress attire is casual, and many teams dress up their tables and come in costumes to participate in a separate, optional table decorating contest. First- and second-place winners will be announced at a half-time break, with first-place winning a prize.
Teams can bring their own food and drink still, and door prizes will be given out during the evening. Sponsorships are available.
Information is available at www.jasperrotary.blogspot.com or they may contact Callahan at his business, Honda of Jasper, by calling 205-385-0100 or emailing to email@example.com. They may also complete a registration form at www.jasperrotary.blogspot.com or at the club's Facebook page. They may then send the form in with a check to Jasper Rotary, c/o Kevin Callahan, 1001 Gamble Ave., Jasper, AL 35501.