Each Spring, there is an event that seeks to challenge the minds and endurance of all who dare to play in the Stevens Point Area. Hosted by 90fm, UWSP's student-run radio station, Trivia is a 54-hour straight contest that keeps players searching for answers. Think you have what it takes? Read ahead for tips on how to survive and thrive at this one-of-a-kind event!
Its all about the culture
Some describe it as dorky, others as the best time of the year. For some it's a contest with strict rules, for others, it's a reunion packed with fun. Some teams allow no alcohol and have particular schedules, while others treat it as a party to not be taken too seriously. However you decide to play, Trivia captivates players from young to old to play year after year. While it is a contest, most teams don't play to win and instead focus on the spirit of the World's Largest Trivia Contest. This event, described as total chaos, silly, crazy, and much more all at once, is said to "take over your life", but in the best way possible. Like many people in the Stevens Point Area, start counting down to April and Trivia weekend!
Need to know
Although Trivia means so many things to so many different people, there are a few things that are consistent! For instance, Trivia kicks off with a parade held on the Friday night of the contest starting at 4:00 pm, taking participants around the UWSP campus to get pumped for a full weekend ahead. Over the next 54 hours, 432 questions are read, in which players typically have two song lengths to answer. Apart from regular questions, which are read on the air, there are two running questions, three music questions (with eight songs each), and the Trivia Stone. The Trivia Stone, which is a part scavenger hunt and part riddle, takes teams throughout the town with a series of clues.
Whether your team is large or small, well-known or unheard of, 54 straight hours of Trivia is a long time to compete! To stay awake, healthy, and energized, here are some insider tips from Trivia experts to make this experience the best it can be:
Don't be a hero- your teams need to be awake for the contest, but not everyone at once. Grab a nap and sleep when you can.
Snacks are a must! Hit up places like the Stevens Point Coop for energy-packed and nutrient-packed foods that make your brain and tummy full and ready for question after question.
Caffeine, caffeine, caffeine! Find your own fix to stay awake, but lots of teams have their own go-tos from coffee to soda to Water Joe.
For additional tips on rules, such as how to keep kids safe over the weekend, merchandise information, the Trivia Times and more, check out the Trivia Newsletter.
Get your fix year-round
Trivia doesn't have to end with the final "phones down in the back"! For daily Trivia questions to stay sharp, check out the Trivia's Facebook page. More information on the spirit and culture of the contest can be found in the TriviaTown documentary. For even more Trivia, check out Trivia Unplugged, hosted by CREATE Portage County in the Fall. Rely purely on brain power for this experience, as no electronics, devices, paper, etc. are allowed.
Never heard of Trivia? Here's a glimpse into what makes this event great, with the Oz himself, in the Stevens Point episode of "Around the Corner" with John McGivern:
And, a big thank you to @coltesvig11 for the amazing header image for this post.