Dr. Drew Howard, left, and Dr. Kaylar Howard, far right, with winners of the ‘HowardQ Trivia’ audience event, from left: Erika Johnson, Steve Carter, Jarrod Hammet, Bret Wagenhorst and Jimmy Carson.

Dr. Drew Howard, left, and Dr. Kaylar Howard, far right, with winners of the ‘HowardQ Trivia’ audience event, from left: Erika Johnson, Steve Carter, Jarrod Hammet, Bret Wagenhorst and Jimmy Carson.

TIFTON — The 20th Annual Howard Center Carnival of Knowledge is coming Thursday, Sept. 12, and Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County is seeking sponsors of three-person teams to compete for the title of Tift Trivia Champions, according to a press release.

A big hit last year, the “Howard-Q,” will once again award a prize of $1,000 to the winners of the audience-participation game based on the smart phone app “HQ Trivia,” the release states. Last year, more than 100 participants scrambled to answer 12 questions, read by Dr. Drew Howard, and five finalists split the winnings. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Southern Regional Technical College Conference Center in Tifton, 52 Tech Dr.

The Howard Center is the Platinum Sponsor of the event again, and as in years past, the carnival is under the direction of past winner and trivia expert Dottie Freeman. It begins with a free pasta dinner to help participants to “Use Your Noodle!” Freeman encourages family members to come out to watch and volunteer to serve on sponsored teams that don’t have team members.

“The goal is 24 teams signed up at $150 a team, and the general public can fill in on sponsored teams for no charge,” said Bonnie Sayles, executive director of Literacy Volunteers. Individuals, church groups, civic organizations, and businesses may sponsor teams.

“Even if they don’t have members to play, they may sponsor a team,” Sayles said. “When local trivia buffs fill in for free, the entertainment value is enhanced. Audience participants may come empty-handed and go home with some awesome prizes We are keeping the price of a team low so more teams can participate. It’s a lot of fun to play and fun to watch.”

Door prizes for attendees will include meals at local restaurants, manicures, home decor and gift certificates. Those wanting to play, sponsor a team, donate a prize or volunteer to help may call Sayles at (229) 391-2527 or email tiftlv@gmail.com.

“If you believe that improving literacy in Tift County is key to our economic success, you need to support this fundraiser in the strongest way possible,” Sayles said. “Each school dropout that earns a GED diploma, each person that learns to read better or speak English better helps to improve our society as a whole. We owe it to ourselves to make sure we can continue the programs that make this possible.”

Sayles added that Sunday, Sept. 8  is International Literacy Day, a declaration first proclaimed in 1965 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to focus attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write. In the United States, one-fifth of the adult population cannot read well enough to function successfully as workers, parents, and citizens.

According to the Technical College System of Georgia, the state has 1.1 million citizens over the age of 18 who have less than a high school education. That is 18 percent of Georgia’s adult population. In Tift County that number is 20 percent, according to the statewide Certified Literate Community Program, of which Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County is a member.

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