Trivia Championships of North America, July 8-10, 2011, Las Vegas

When I was in high school in Boulder Colorado, I loved going to the University of Colorado Trivia Bowl every year. I even started and hosted the Boulder High School Trivia Bowl. The winning team of the first Boulder High Trivia Bowl included Paul Bailey, who is now the producer of the Trivia Championships of North America, and Mitch O'Connell, who later went on to become a famous artist and collector of bizarre thrift store garbage.

I'm about to relive my youth at the Trivia Championships of North America, which will be held on July 8-10, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are going, too, let me know!

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For the first time, everyday trivia fans from across the continent will battle million-dollar minds -- and one another -- to answer the question: Who are the top trivia players of North America? Taking place in Las Vegas on July 8-10, the Trivia Championships of North America (TCONA) will recognize "mental medalists" who are both quick on the buzzer and full of facts.

Questions will be posed about popular culture (music, television, sports, film, and lifestyle) and academic topics (including fine arts, history, science, geography and technology). Answers will come in a variety of ways, from written tests to instant verbal responses for both individuals and teams.

While game show champions and pub quiz winners will be in abundance, this open event provides the opportunity for discovery of the next trivia mastermind, as those with previous accolades try to fend off the onslaught of knowledgeable but not yet as well-known contenders.

This event, the first of its kind in North America, will take place in Las Vegas on July 8-10, 2011, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. TCONA will also serve as a meeting of the Game Show Congress and as a sanctioned event of the International Quizzing Association, which presented the recent World Quizzing Championships.

The website, preliminary schedule, and link for application to compete can be found here