Tonight, witness the fiercest spelling competition of the year

On the Shameless Self-Promotion Front: Tonight, Mountain Xpress competes against nine other teams in the Literacy Council’s annual Spelling Bee.

Two years ago, we came in second place, beating out the Citizen-Times team but falling to the dominant Golden Spelers of the Givens Estates (just TRY to beat them. I dare you.) John Boyle was part of that ill-fated AC-T team, and I have a feeling he may remember the sting of defeat enough to be a formidable contender tonight. Boyle, are you there? Spell-check just told me that I originally misspelled “contender” in this post, which is not such a great sign for Team Xpress, or whatever intimidating team name we come up with before tonight.

Here are a few reasons to attend tonight’s event, which the Council has spiced up and dubbed “Who Wants to be a Spellionaire?”

No. 1: The very funny David Ostergaard, from LaZoom Tours and Bright Star Touring Theatre, will emcee.

No. 2: The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is a worthy agency deserving of support. So, it costs $5 to get in, but proceeds go to the nonprofit. Learn more about what they do here.

No. 3: Kids are cute in a Spelling Bee. But are adults cute in a Spelling Bee? Not so much. Basically, we’ll all be onstage embarrassing ourselves, but we can’t do that without an audience. We need you to be there not only to support the Literacy Council, but also so we can revel in the particular humiliation of being a grown-up person who can’t spell a word right. Geez.

Come out tonight to A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m., and they’ve promised it won’t take too long for us to all be disqualified and sent home in tears.

Full details here.

With props to Putnam County Spelling Bee for the photo on the home page, and http://www.toothpastefordinner.com for this cartoon:

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