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    Quiz Night & Race Night

    Anyone know any good sites for getting Questions?

    Also I want to host a race night. I've bought a Grey hound racing DVD, but I've never hosted a race night.

    Can anyone please give me any ideas, tips, advice etc
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    Hi

    Try here for questions.

    http://www.paulsquiz.com/

    Could you let us know where you got your race night stuff from?

    Hope it all goes well.



    As far as advise goes, make the quiz questions easier than you think you should. I did a quiz recently that i thought was reasonable and hadf a couple of teams getting a couple of zero's on a few rounds.

    Good rounds are

    General knowledge
    sport
    Film
    literature
    history
    world records
    music
    connections
    food and drink
    Scouting

    Hope that this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Scout View Post
    Anyone know any good sites for getting Questions?

    Also I want to host a race night. I've bought a Grey hound racing DVD, but I've never hosted a race night.

    Can anyone please give me any ideas, tips, advice etc
    Don't use a DVD - try this instead

    Auctioning your horses leads to some serious fundraising.

    AND all the kids get a go, which means happy mums and dads

    Much more fun for all.


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    Hi Don - sounds like a laugh - have you got a few more details about it other than the link you've put up?

    I'm assuming the kids can use broomstick style horses (as well as fancy dress? hehe) but how does this rolling dice / MC thing work? Looks like the race could be quite slow... how big is the grid?

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    Trying to look for something on youtube but with no luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonTregartha View Post
    Don't use a DVD - try this instead

    Auctioning your horses leads to some serious fundraising.

    AND all the kids get a go, which means happy mums and dads

    Much more fun for all.
    That sounds like a great idea. I suppose the only thing, maybe if you have limited space.

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    Here is how it works...


    Playing area

    Mark out 6 tracks along the hall using tape.

    Say 15-20 squares big enough for a 'jockey' to stand in.


    Jockeys

    You need to dress the jockeys. We had some silk hats from a 16mm film race night we'd done before. Each is a different colour. We also made matching sashes and had pantomime horses.


    Betting slips

    For the betting slip, get 6 raffle ticket books - different colours.


    MC

    You need the MC, six 'tote' staff and one bookmaker (usually the treasurer)


    Race Card

    Create a race card - 8 races - each with a theme - each with six horses - topical for your audience...
    e.g the "Camp Catering cup: - horse 1 Spag Bol, horse 2 Eggy Bread, Horse 3 Akela's Brew etc.


    How it runs

    The MC (get a microphone for this) is responsible to make sure the evening moves along and everyone knows what to do.

    As the families arrive, invite the parents to register their kids as riders for the races. With 8 races you'll need 48 riders in total.

    When you're ready to go, sit the tote staff at six points behind a couple of table. Label them race 1, race 2, race 3 etc. Each has a raffle ticket book.


    The Auction

    Dress the riders in the silks and introduce them to the hall.

    The MC then auctions each of the horses off. Tell the audience that the winning owner recieves half the total proceeds from the 'sale'. e.g if you sell 6 horses at £5 each (total pot £30) then the winning owner gets £15.

    Start with small amounts and go up in 50p bids. (When you're brave enough go up in bigger bids if the hall will take it). The later races will attract bigger bids when people cotton on.

    Owners must pay up IN ADVANCE!


    The Tote

    When this is done, open the tote. Each ticket costs 50p for example and the winning tickets are worth half the winnings divided amongst the winning tickets. For example if you sell 40 tickets at 50p then the total take is £20 and the winnings pot is worth £10 - so if you have 5 winners, they get £2 each.


    The Race

    After 5/10 minutes, close the tote and start the race. Get two YP, one for each dice. (Use large foam dice, each a different colour if you can. One dice is the horse number, the second is the number of moves that horse makes. To finish, the dice must be thrown to the exact number to win. If the horse cannot move the exact number, i.e. they need four to win but the dice is thrown as a five they must stay where they are.

    When you have a winner, the tote pays out (The bookmaker can be calculating the payout as the race progresses) Check winning tickets against the counterfoil in the book and pay out as above.

    That's about it really.


    Note

    You can vary the tote value if you think its a bit rich or miserly, higher amounts might mean smaller bets.

    For the auction, be warned, I've sold a horse for £40 and the race carried over £150. Admittedly thats in relatively prosperous Buckinghamshire, but most of our parents are of modest means.

    Make sure you've got some wine and beer (we usually suggest folks bring their own) so everyone loosens up and has a great time.

    I've been to these as a punter and won (and lost ) £40 on the night, but it was in a good cause so no complaints.
    Last edited by DonTregartha; 06-09-2010 at 12:07 PM.


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    just wondering.....

    I know there are quite strict rules about running race nights - its got to be based on chance hence the use of random horse races etc where the punters have no idea about form or history of the horses/dogs. Does your version still comply with this? I presume the use of a dice means it is still random?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbKernow View Post
    just wondering.....

    I know there are quite strict rules about running race nights - its got to be based on chance hence the use of random horse races etc where the punters have no idea about form or history of the horses/dogs. Does your version still comply with this? I presume the use of a dice means it is still random?
    I guess if noone puts a horseshoe at the bottom of the dice its still based on chance as each horse will move based on what the dice allows them to move.

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    This is as random as it gets as there is no 'form' etc.

    It also stops someone cheating by watching the DVD through before hand.

    The old 16mm movies used to come in sealed cans which the projectionist would snip open and thread onto the projector as the tote was open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomer_ie View Post
    I guess if noone puts a horseshoe at the bottom of the dice its still based on chance as each horse will move based on what the dice allows them to move.
    That could happen, but we're scouts and we're to be trusted.

    If anyone wanted to challenge the dice, they could pick them up and feel if there was a weight bias, which on a large foam dice 14" cubed would be a bit obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boomer_ie View Post
    I guess if noone puts a horseshoe at the bottom of the dice its still based on chance as each horse will move based on what the dice allows them to move.
    This is because putting a horseshoe on bottom of a dice is a very covert way of cheating, and nobody would ever notice.
    Even thought about being a bank thief Boomer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonTregartha View Post
    Here is how it works...


    Playing area

    Mark out 6 tracks along the hall using tape.

    Say 15-20 squares big enough for a 'jockey' to stand in.


    ...
    Thanks for that! Of course after I suggest it we get the old 'well there's this group of old boys that used to run it for us who supplied everything free of charge but we had to use a bigger hall than we've got, always used to bring in a lot of money etc

    So why the bleeding hell did we stop it then! Gahhhh....


    Quote Originally Posted by 13thwoolwich View Post
    This is because putting a horseshoe on bottom of a dice is a very covert way of cheating, and nobody would ever notice.
    Even thought about being a bank thief Boomer?

    It could be a really, really small horse.
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    If you want to PM me your email address I can send you the questions (and answers!) to the last two years of quizzes we held. I thinnk we had 10 rounds of 10 questions and a set of 30 table questions for working on during the quiz.

    Some of the news ones might be out of date but will give you some ideas!

    I would post them here but that's 20+ dosuments - and you might end up with some ringers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim_n View Post
    So why the bleeding hell did we stop it then! Gahhhh....
    Actually WE stopped it after it was a bit TOO successful in parting money from folks!!!

    It seemed a bit greedy to do it too often.

    THINKS.....

    Sometime has elapsed - time to try it again! he he he


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