Trivia night gives friends, co-workers a chance to test their knowledge
BULLHEAD CITY — Trivia buffs can gather for a little friendly competition at one of J&J Mystery Events’ weekly trivia nights in Bullhead City.
Meeting at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Cocktails bar, a local following gets together to test their knowledge for a chance to win cash and maybe learn a few interesting facts.
Jessica Tary hosts the trivia nights among other fun activities as part of the business she started a year and a half ago.
“I have put on murder mystery events for friends and families for about 10 years now, and I am a certified wedding and event coordinator so I have been doing private events for some time,” Tary said. “It was at a personal party that friends were complaining there wasn’t enough fun activities to do in the area and told me I should do these as a business. So I thought about it and decided that’s what I would do.”
Tary moved to the Tri-state in 2011 and started her company in April 2017. The idea began as a partnership, but by the time it came to fruition Tary took on the business as a one-woman show, hosting her first event in May 2017 at Lisa’s Bistro.
“When I decided to start this business I had no idea what to expect or what the reaction from the community would be,” Tary said. “For the most part, the community has welcomed me with open arms. I have customers that have been with me since my very first (murder mystery) event, and have since tried every type of event I offer.”
Tary said she started with murder mystery events, then added bar crawl scavenger hunts and eventually mystery pub trivia nights fell into the mix.
Mystery pub trivia is open to anyone 21 and older and costs $5 to participate. Teams of one to five people compete to answer random questions in six categories with 10 questions each.
“We never repeat the same questions, especially since we have had teams with us since day one, so I am always trying to come up with fun and new categories and questions,” Tary said. “I use the internet, board games, trivia shows and just listening to ideas around me to come up with the categories each week and go from there.”
Some rounds are multiple choice, some are picture questions and others are write-in answer questions. Each team has a sheet to fill out and after two rounds Tary collects the sheets and tallies the points on the leader board so teams can see where they rank. After the sixth round, the point totals will determine a winner, who receives a percentage of the entry fees.
Tary said she frequently draws names for free tickets to her upcoming events at pub trivia nights, so even if the questions don’t fall in a certain person’s range of expertise on a given night, all teams have a chance at the drawing.
The evening lasts about an hour and a half to two hours, and is a great after-work activity for friends, families or coworkers, Tary said.
Drinks, a little friendly competition, and an interesting challenge has kept the trivia regulars coming, and Tary said she gets newcomers each week.
With the variety of categories, it’s an activity that all generations can enjoy together, and the popularity of the events is evident.
Tary said she sometimes runs out of space for all of the teams as her following has grown, so she encourages teams to show up early to ensure a table close to the action. Advance registration is not required.
Tary’s success with J&J Mystery Events has drawn the public’s eye and earned her a Community Achievement Award nomination for Entrepreneur of the Year. She is a finalist in the category, with the winner to be announced at the CAA ceremony on Oct. 27 at the Aquarius Casino Resort.
“I was shocked when I found out, since I had only been in business about a year and a half,” Tary said. “What an honor it is to have even been thought of and to be a finalist now! The other entrepreneurs in the category are also amazing people and I am honored to be alongside them for this.”
While her business has taken flight, Tary has plans for further expansion. She is working on starting a full-time wedding and event coordinating business and hopes to open her own venue in 2019.
“I love what I do and I look forward to being able to grow and offer more to our community,” Tary said.
After the holidays, Tary said, she will begin doing trivia nights at other locations in Bullhead City, as well. She also is available to host private trivia events for businesses and groups. Email email@example.com to inquire about pricing.
To check out all of J&J Mystery Events upcoming activities, go to jjmysteryevents.com.