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3/23/2012 10:05:00 AM
Trivia Night draws a crowd, tests participants' knowledge
Team Rotary Einsteins put their heads together to come up with the correct answers at Trivia Night. Sarah Hirsch photograph
Team Rotary Einsteins put their heads together to come up with the correct answers at Trivia Night.

Sarah Hirsch photograph

Sarah Hirsch
of The Lakeland Times

Who is the most famous graduate of UW-Superior?

Name the individual who has won the most Oscar Awards.

What is Wisconsin's most common lake name?

These are just three of the questions Trivia Night teams faced Wednesday night, March 14, in the Divano Lounge at Minocqua Brewing Company.

Greg Anastos and Jody Peterson of Razzle Dazzle, an event planning and marketing company, worked with Dan White, owner of the Minocqua Brewing Company, to put together a fun event that would break up the monotony of the winter work week.

And then there was Trivia Night.

"We're always looking for new and exciting things to do for the community, especially when it's off-season for the people who live here. So we wanted to bring something new, something different, something fun," Greg Anastos, one of the driving forces behind Trivia Night, said.

Since Dec. 14, teams have gone head-to-head once a month, trying to come up with answers for off-the-wall trivia questions. There are a range of categories the questions fall under, including geography, arts and literature, entertainment, sports, and categories that tie into upcoming holidays or special events.

"The teams are excited, and they're having fun. I can't tell you the number of thank you's that we've received for doing something like this - something different in the middle of the week," Anastos said.

A total of 10 teams, with six per team, gather throughout the Divano Lounge for trivia, testing their knowledge and learning new, interesting facts. The entry fee is $10 per team. At the end of the evening, the fees become the prize for the winning team.

At the end of the trivia season, whichever team with the most overall points will win a cash prize and gift certificates to the Minocqua Brewing Company.

With only two minutes to answer each question, the pressure is on.

"The teams can't wait for the next month to come. They absolutely love it," White said. "It's not about winning. We have a couple of teams that are real competitive, and you're always going to get that, but most of them couldn't care less. They're just having fun with it."

The Half-Heimers won the March Trivia Night, and the Rotary Einsteins currently hold the lead for the most cumulative points.

Anastos and Peterson worked hard on learning the trivia night format and coming up with the questions.

"Previous to this Trivia Night, I never really participated in something like this. I had to go through a very quick learning curve," Anastos said.

One of the most difficult aspects of planning for Trivia Night was coming up with questions that were not too easy nor too difficult, Anastos said. By using a multitude of sources, including the Internet, trivia games and newspapers, the 30 questions of the evening are selected.

"For our typical Trivia Night, there's 30 questions, but we probably look at and put together about 120 questions that we weed down to 30. Then we keep our fingers crossed that it's a good 30," Anastos said.

There has been such an obvious popularity for Trivia Night that there is talk of expanding it next year. Anastos, Peterson and White hope to rally enough interest and get more teams to hold the event two nights a month.

"There were some weeks, the first couple, the weather was horrible on the Wednesdays. There wasn't a soul in town. You didn't even see a car. And yet, the parking lot here was full. The town would be completely dead, and here's 70 people, laughing, having a great time, kidding around," Anastos said.

For more information or to submit a team for Trivia Night, call the Minocqua Brewing Company at 715-356-2600. There is a maximum of six people per team.

In case you were wondering, the answers to the opening questions are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Walt Disney and Mud Lake.

Sarah Hirsch may be reached at shirsch@lakelandtimes.com

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