As Mrs. Debbie Burdette would say, “Buzz Buzz”, it’s almost that time of year once again to assemble your team, open your dictionary, and prepare for the 20th annual spelling bee at the Callaway Conference Center. For two decades now, the spelling bee has become an early year tradition, raising money for a great cause and putting some of our community’s best spellers head to head in competition. This year, the spelling bee will take place at the Callaway Conference Center on Monday night, February 26th, starting at 7 pm. There will once again be door prizes, free popcorn, free admission, and fun for the whole family. At last year’s event, there was a showdown between teams representing different businesses across the community. The teams started out strong, with no one dropping in the first round. Round two only brought a few casualties with it. However, round three saw the teams start dropping out like flies. At the end of round three, only three teams were left, all of the others being bounced off stage with some clever zingers from the bee bouncer, Carol Cain. Finally in the end, the new champions were crowned in Calumet Bank’s “Word Nerds”.
Since 2002, the Troup County Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) has been working to promote and enhance literacy in the State of Georgia. The CLCP wants everyone to know how important reading and literacy is state wide and how reading, learning, and growth are so very important to us as peoples. Throughout the year, they host many different events, including the spelling bee and the Leggin for Literacy 5K, and are a very active, important part of our community.
If you and your family are looking for a buzzing good time and “ready to bumble”, make sure you attend the annual CLCP spelling bee in just a few weeks. The teams are expected to fill up fast and there will be fun for the whole family. Calumet Bank will “bee” on hand to defend their 2017 championship in a spelling event for the ages that you do not want to miss.
The author of this article can be reached via email at jandrews@ troupcountynews. net.