Rotary Trivia Night roll-up beats records

Trivia wizzes, trivia wannabees and those just out for a good time packed into the function room at the Tenterfield Golf Club on Saturday, May 26 for another fun installment of Rotary’s Trivia Night.

Thirty-two tables holding 232 revellers made it the most populated trivia night in the event’s quarter-century history, although one booked table didn’t show up on the night.

A couple new to Tenterfield came along with their visiting children and managed to be put into a team, making it a great introduction to the community.

Participants tackled questions curated by quiz master John Tapscott ranging from the easy to the very obscure. As an ode to this year’s centenary of the end of WW1, the musical ‘guess this song’ had a wartime theme, which may have tripped up a few of the younger players.

Tenterfield High School had several teams and more students scattered at other tables throughout the room. Proceeds of around $2500 from the night will go towards bussing the school’s Year 11 students to driver awareness training in Tamworth, with the remainder contributed towards some behind-the-wheel practice for the students at Willowbank Raceway.

Around $900 was raised from the raffle of a wheelbarrow piled high with gardening needs donated by local hardware stores, won by the Nicholson family. Rotarian Peter Chittick had sold half the tickets at street stalls in the lead-up, but the winning ticket was purchased on the night.

Mr Chittick said the event was well-supported by local businesses, with bottles of wine and gift vouchers being distributed through the night.

The best-dressed team earned themselves a big box of chocolates, and Mr Chittick is planning to encouraged more teams to come dress in theme.

The night as always was well-organised with lots of table runners and a slick operation, but even so the fun continued until past 10pm. Once all the points had been tallied the Gasgoyne-led team of Dennis and Jen along with Peter Reid, Jenny Santin and Geoff and Leah Kernot retained their crown from last year, aided by visitors from Brisbane.

There may be moves underfoot to break up the winning team to spread their knowledge of trivia over more teams although – as Mr Chittick always contends – the secret to success is to have a good mix of knowledge areas on your team.

As cosy as it was he said it may be necessary to limit the number of tables to 30 in future, so when trivia night rolls around again next year it may well be a matter of first in, best dressed.