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"World's largest trivia contest" to start in Stevens Point

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Random trivia knowledge will be put to the ultimate test this weekend.

This will be the 45th year the UW-Stevens Point radio station puts on its massive trivia contest.

To be a serious contender in this contest, don't plan on getting a lot of sleep. Organizers say questions and answers are read on the air for 54 hours straight.

For contestants, preparation starts early.

"A group comes together the middle of March to prepare to set out all the books," said Mary Lou Harris-Manske of Stevens Point. "We move all the furniture downstairs and take all the pictures off the walls and put up bookcases all over our basement."

Harris-Manske does this every year.

"Our team has been together 41 years, so we weren't here quite from the beginning, but almost," she said.

She says she is hosting more than 40 teammates this weekend.

"People sleep all over. In our rooms, air mattresses, extra bedrooms. A lot of people don't sleep much," she said.

That's a good point. How can anyone sleep when questions are read for more than two straight days?

Contest organizers at the UWSP radio station say it's a unique social experience.

"You get in a basement or house or wherever you're playing from with a dozen or 20 or 30 people for a weekend and just cut loose," said contest organizer Jim Oliva.

And he says it's a lot of people cutting loose. He estimates about 11,000 people and about 400 teams play. That's an average of about 27 players per team.

Organizers say each person contributes one way or another.

"People always say, 'Well I don't know about trivia,' and I always tell them there's no such thing. Everybody knows something," Oliva said.

Harris-Manske says she loves having her teammates over every year.

"You play hard and you want to win, but it's really about getting together with family and friends," she said.

The contest isn't just confined to Stevens Point. Organizers say about a third of the players come in from out of town.
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