Written by Staff
By Amanda Casanova
If you wanted to compete in today’s (April 20) Irving Trivia finals, you had to have known that Rip Van Winkle slept for 20 years.
That bit of trivia was one of many questions fired at teams on April 13 at the City’s preliminary rounds of the annual Irving Trivia competition at the Central Library. Ten teams competed for four slots to advance to Saturday’s finals.
Of the 10, the Irving Museum Advisory Board, the La Cima Club’s Heritage Committee, the Henry Holmes Breakfast Forum and the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau teams will face each other in hopes of claiming first place.
Last year, the Henry Holmes Breakfast Forum team took the top honor.
“Washington Irving is a very highly respected author,” said Mary Higbie, of the Irving Heritage Society’s Celebrating Irving committee. “While people often identify him with ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,’ he was far more than that.
“He wrote about Christopher Columbus, George Washington and he was a diplomat,” she added. “It’s important for us to know about him because we, the city, shares that name with him.”
The Trivia competition was part of a month of programs called “Celebrating Irving: The City and the Man.”
“Each year, the competition becomes a little stronger and the teams really get into it,” Higbie said. “Some even have study nights. We thought it’d be a fun way to expand our knowledge about Irving and the city; so it’s education but in a fun way.”
Among questions asked were what the city recycles, who the first woman on the school board was and other questions about the life and works of author Washington Irving.
“It’s designed to be educational in nature but fun to do,” Higbie said. “We hope that we make it that way, and everyone is a good sport about it.”
The finals will take place at 10 a.m. at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Refreshments will be served, including a birthday cake in honor of Washington Irving’s 230th birthday. Former Irving Mayor Dan Matkin will moderate.