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Gauging out-of-state interest in an HS trash tournament

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:52 pm
by Gautam
Good evening.

First of all, I will assume this is the appropriate place for this thread since there isn't really a forum for HS-trash tournaments. Anyway, there has been some discussion taking place in the Minnesota Comparisons thread about a HS level pop-culture tournament in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. EPIC II (name me with my title, yay) will be hosted by Eden Prairie HS on the 23rd of February, 2008.

The questions for this tournament will be house-written, and edited by a set of very competent people, so you can certainly expect very good questions at this tournament. It will be a standard tossup/bonus style, with pyramidal questions. Also, this year we are emphasizing post-1995 material, and you can expect about 50% of the questions to be about this time-period.

I am helping to coordinate the pre-tournament stuff, but the TD is Kirk Walton, who is the coach of Eden Prairie. I graduated from EPHS last year, so I'm kinda helping them out this year.

I want to see whether or not teams from outside of MN are interested in attending this tournament. The second option (about it being held closer to home) brings about the possibility of mirroring this tournament elsewhere. From what it looks like, this tournament coincides with tournaments in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, etc. However, if people want to play this EPIC set, and can't come to MN for whatever reason, mirroring would be a good idea. I know this sounds slightly ambitious for a tournament that is only being run for the second time, but we've started working pretty early on this and we hope to produce a solid and well-written set for this event.

A full announcement will be made soon whenever the final details (i.e. fee structure, etc.) are elucidated. In the meantime, however, please don't hesitate to ask for more info. Freelance questions are always welcome, and would be extremely appreciated. Email me if you're interested. I can be reached at gkandlikar atsign gmail dot com and I will forward any questions to the TD if I can't answer them.

--Gautam Kandlikar

Mirror at Culver Academies

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:38 pm
by pblessman
I would consider running a mirror to this tournament at Culver Academies in Indiana some time in Feb-May 2008... Going to MN right now is pribably out of the question for us

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:09 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
I'm sorry, but unless Eden Prairie is also planning on holding some kind of academic tournament in conjunction with the trash tournament, I think it's really unrealistic to expect quizbowl teams to travel to Minnesota for it.

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:55 pm
by Bigfoot isn't the pr
I do like attending any Trash tourney but MN is a bit of a drive from DE. Perhaps College Park? They seem to be quite the center for Trash on the east coast.

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 2:35 pm
by Gautam
Charlie, your point is well taken. There are teams from Wisc and Iowa that show up at MN meets, and there I don't really have any of their contact info, so I am hoping some of them browse this forum. I guess that is another reason why I'm asking if teams would like to have a tourney closer to home.


Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:08 pm
by Youse Da Force
We wanted to attend, but it's a long drive from Cleveland, through winter snows, we really can't afford plane tickets, and it's nowhere near the lakes.

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:52 pm
by powerplant
Well, Garfield is hosting a trash tournament on October 13th, it might be an easier drive for some people.

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:07 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)