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Trivia buffs tackle weekend contest

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

Trivia time is finally here. The 43rd annual trivia contest kicked off Friday evening and it's quite a test of endurance.

Inside the trivia headquarters building, volunteers are answering phones at a feverish pace. And around the city -- and elsewhere -- players are searching for answers of their own -- as they compete for the title of top trivia team in the world. 

"We're really intense about trivia for this week," said Joe McNally, a Columbus, Ohio native who came to Stevens Point for the contest weekend. "That's as much as we're willing to put into it. To get to the next level would take a lot more work that we don't want to do."

And they're not alone. Almost 400 teams from around Wisconsin -- and all over the world -- are playing in this year's contest. It's put on by WWSP, the radio station at UW Stevens Point. The event only happens once a year, but organizers said teams spend lots of time preparing.

"Teams spend the whole year studying, taking pictures from cereal boxes and taking notes into the movie theaters," said WWSP promotions PR director Megan Turbin.

Before the contest started Friday evening, crowds gathered around campus to watch the trivia parade. 

"The biggest thing is tradition," said Turbin. "There's so many people who come back year after year who start playing when they're two and they're back here with their own families."

Some teams become like a family. One group has members playing from as far away as Amsterdam. With eight questions an hour -- every hour until Sunday at midnight -- the game never stops. So teammates take turns sleeping so there's always someone to tackle the next difficult question.

"It's like a drug of sorts," said McNally. "With less sleep comes more fun so I really feel like by the end I'm drained but I had a blast."

If you want to play along, you can tune in to WWSP 90FM throughout the weekend.

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