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Last week, we won the 44th Annual Snead State Invitational in Boaz, AL. During the announcements, Mr. Leeth - the tournament director - made the claim that this was the longest-running quiz bowl tournament in the state of Alabama. It has been held every single year since 1973. My question is this:

Could this be the oldest continuously-held tournament in the nation? Is anyone aware of a tournament that has been around longer?

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The Streator Rotary tournament in Illinois ran 50 times, ending in 2013. I don't know for sure that it never ran more than once a year or skipped a year, but if there were no such irregularities it would have started in 1964. I'll see if I can dig up any articles with more details.

Update: An article from November 2006 claims that the tournament began in 1962.
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Chris Chiego pointed out to me that the Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Hi-Q has apparently been running continuously since the late 1940s.
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Is this an invitational or a local-only tournament?

I guess I should've said oldest "invitational," as I actually think our local county championship has been going since the 60s.
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Is there any way we can get questions from any of these tournaments? I think they would be fascinating on many levels, - if we ever had a grant for quizbowl historians, I think it would be worth the while to dig some of them up.

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Ike wrote:Is there any way we can get questions from any of these tournaments? I think they would be fascinating on many levels, - if we ever had a grant for quizbowl historians, I think it would be worth the while to dig some of them up.
I agree, but I am somewhat skeptical that they will ever be found.

What are the oldest actual questions anyone has? (I don't mean to threadjack and would be fine with this getting split.) I got the 1982 Emory NIT from Eric Hillemann's archive.
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I have contacted Blake Leeth at Snead State and have asked whether any of the questions from the tournaments held in the 1970s-1980s are still available if they could be scanned. I will let you know what I find out.
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quizbowllee wrote:I have contacted Blake Leeth at Snead State and have asked whether any of the questions from the tournaments held in the 1970s-1980s are still available if they could be scanned. I will let you know what I find out.
Is it possible that there could be results from the early Snead State Invitationals?
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J. Young wrote:
quizbowllee wrote:I have contacted Blake Leeth at Snead State and have asked whether any of the questions from the tournaments held in the 1970s-1980s are still available if they could be scanned. I will let you know what I find out.
Is it possible that there could be results from the early Snead State Invitationals?
The brochure they print every year has the champion listed from each year.
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