Trivia Challenge will be fundraiser for Legion
March 26, 2019 2:48 pm
If all goes as planned, 19 teams will compete in the Moosomin Legion Trivia Challenge this Saturday, March 30 for a chance to win a $250 gift card donated by the Red Barn.
The event is a fundraiser for the Moosomin Legion, with all proceeds going towards the Legion’s Metal Art Memorial project, which memorializes all of the soldiers on Moosomin’s cenotaph. Each soldier’s photo and story is mounted on a metal plaque that will hang in the Legion. The Legion is hoping to raise enough money with fundraisers and donations over the next year to have all of the metal art memorials done by Remembrance Day.
Donna Lafleur with the Moosomin Legion says the Legion decided to hold the Trivia Challenge because they thought it would be a fun way to raise money.
“It’s something new and something different,” she says. “It’s not a supper, and usually that’s what we’ve had is suppers and lunches, whereas this is something totally off the wall, totally different, new and interesting. If it really flies it may become an annual event if the interest is there.
“We are hoping to raise at least $5,000 minimum. That would give us another 25 prints.”
Lafleur saw how the Trivia Challenge worked at another event in town and said it looked really fun.
“It can be anything from sports to geography to current events, whatever category he (the host) makes up,” she says. “You have a 25 per cent chance of being right just by guessing, because it’s A, B, C or D. You don’t have to know the answer. It’s not like jeopardy where you have to give the correct response.
“This is more for fun. And it involves anybody.”
Lafleur says even minors can be on teams, as long as they are accompanied by a parent, as alcohol will be served at the event.
Trevor Kerr with Sound Stage Music will be the host for the event. Kerr says he started doing game shows and trivia challenge events about six years ago, and they’ve been a hit ever since.
“It’s similar to a Jeopardy style game,” he says. “So we set the teams at maximum of six people and they will be at their own table, and questions will appear up on the screen, and they have different point values just like on TV. And the contestants will all have a wireless buzzer at their table and they’ll lock in the answer right from their table.”
Kerry says he comes up with the questions and categories himself, and he does each event from scratch so that people who have been to his events before don’t have an unfair advantage.
“I’m not totally sure what categories we are going to have,” he says. “They are going to be random categories that I pick myself. What they are going to be I’m not totally sure yet. It’s going to be a surprise for me and everyone else! They literally can be absolutely anything.”
Kerr says anything from sports to history to geography general knowledge can be included.
“At the end, the top two teams are going to play off in a special bonus round for the championship for all the money,” he says. “The top two teams are going to make the final and they will go head-to-head on who ultimately is going to be the champion for the night.”
Kerr says there has been a lot of interest in trivia events lately.
“This year for Christmas parties, it was game show season. There were 12 or 13 game shows and we did only two straight DJ Christmas parties. It is a big part of the business. And we love it. I have a co-host and host it myself. It’s fun, it’s interactive, it’s something different. I enjoy it and I hope people pick up on that and sense my excitement and have some fun with it as well.”
A maximum of 19 teams can sign up. Teams can have a minimum of four and maximum of six contestants. Lafleur says people are welcome to come watch, even if they are not on a team. Teams can enter by phoning or texting 306-434-9340 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.