Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce hosts third annual Bucktown Trivia Feb. 9

BUCHANAN — Three years ago when the Buchanan Chamber of Commerce was looking for new ways to fundraise, they came up with an idea to host a local trivia event.

Since then, Bucktown Trivia has inspired friendly rivalries, colorful costumes that demonstrate Buck spirt and a chance to give back to the local chamber.

Now in its third year, Bucktown Trivia is back and will take from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Buchanan Area Senior Center, 810 Rynearson St. The cost is $25 a person or $190 for a team of eight. Proceeds from the event will support the Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce. Dinner is included in the price. A cash beer and wine bar will be available. The winning team will receive a cash prize of $250.

In addition to demonstrating their trivia knowledge, participants will be challenged to come up with their own theme and show their team spirit. The team with the most spirit will be awarded.

Carol Carroll, the executive director of the chamber, said the event has historically sold out.

“I just think it is the spirit of it,” Carroll said. “You are getting a lot of people coming together. I think because it is not individual playing, because it is teams and that team spirit is a lot of fun.”

This year’s event will be emceed by Stacey Carlin and Ted Chase, both chamber board members. Carlin and Chase will lead teams through various rounds of questions. While Carroll said she could not give any hints as to this year’s questions, she said local lore had been a topic during past trivia events.

“We are making our own questions, so they should be original,” Carroll said.

Carroll said the funds help the chamber to put on local events for their community, like White Saturday, which brings hundreds to the downtown to connect with small businesses.

Carroll said the event inspires a friendly competition among those who compete. She credits this as one aspect that makes the game such a hit.

“It is a lot of fun,” Carroll said. “It gives back and allows the chamber to give back to the community.”

Carroll encouraged those interested in signing up to do so as soon as possible due to limited space. Up to 18 teams can play. Participants must be 18 and older to take part. People can register online or send a check or cash to the Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce, 324 E. Dewey St., suite 202, Buchanan.

For more information, Carroll encouraged people to call the chamber at (269) 695-3291 or email her at bacc@buchanan.mi.us.

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