Earlier this month, Bea Lebal, president of the Merrill Historical Society, announced the 2017 Trivia Night winner was a team named “BANKING ON A WIN-chester,” sponsored by Lincoln Community Bank.
The team won a hotly contested match of eight teams held Saturday night, Nov. 4, at the Merrill History and Culture Center. The winning team, consisting of Andy Ament, Jan Ament, Dick Ruder, Betsy Wiesneski, Missy Waid and Paul Waid, narrowly edged out the “Knorthwoods Knowms” for the victory. The Gnomes also tied for the Best Team Costume title, but lost in a tie breaker to “River Rats” due to that team’s theme having more Merrill historical content.
Ryan Schwartzman was Triviamaster. Teams of six members consumed pizza from Salvo’s and beverages from the Beacon Bar, while answering eight rounds of questions on such topics as: Local History, We the People (Citizenship), Noise Pollution, Rock Solid, The Oscar Goes To, Nature Calls, Riddle Me This (Quotes), To Boldly Go (Inventors and Exploration), North & South.
Raffle prizes were provided by: Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe, Lake of Torches Resort Hotel, Weinbrenner Shoe Co., Merrill Golf Club, Kind Hearted Home Care, Wellness Center/Dr. Carri Kennedy, Merrill Publishing Associates, Rivers Edge Gifts, Merrill Parks & Recreation, Brickners’ Park City, NAPA Auto Parts, Loz Mezcales, Ace Hardware, Rich & Brenda Mamer, Courtside Furniture, Ryan Schwartzman, Cosmo Theater, The Beacon, and Vino Latte. Johnsons’ supplied the prizes for Best Team Costume. The winners will have bragging rights until next year’s Trivia Night the first Saturday in November, 2018.