New Castle still Feuding after three years |

New Castle still Feuding after three years

NEW CASTLE – “What local woman was famous for brewing liquor in her basement on Fourth Street?”That’s just one of the many trivia questions that has been asked in the past of New Castle’s annual Coal Country Feud, which is being held this year from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday at the New Castle Community Center.This marks the third year of the competition, which was started in 2004 to help raise money for the town’s Burning Mountain Days festival.”It was started as a fundraiser to raise money for the New Castle chamber for rentals and music,” said Judy Gordon, who co-organized the game with Karen Wood.The game is played in similar fashion to the Family Feud show on TV, with teams competing to answer trivia questions about New Castle’s current and past history.”It’s the same kind of game, where you can learn some history of New Castle and have fun,” Gordon said. “It’s been real successful in raising funds that we need.”This year, six teams will compete: the Lions Club, Post Independent, a senior citizens team, business leaders of New Castle team, and New Castle town staff. The town team is the returning champion from last year.The trivia questions are compiled by Lorraine and Joe McNeal, presidents of the New Castle Historical Society; Betty Dawson and Wood.”We use trivia from current history and old-time history,” Wood said. “I go to the museum and get a lot of info from a trivia game about New Castle. We have over 300 questions.”If the teams can’t come up with the correct answer, the audience members are invited to purchase an envelope for $1 and submit their answers. Inside the envelope it designates which team their correct answer will go to.The winners receive a traveling trophy to keep until next year.The event will begin with a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the community center. Tickets are $5 for spaghetti, salad and a dinner roll. The Burning Mountain Committee is also selling Starbucks coffee and dessert for $1. The emcee of the evening will be Russell Talbott and piano music during dinner will be provided by Steven Piker.”The focus is on fun and along the way, learning some of the history about New Castle,” Gordon said.And the answer to the above question?Mrs. Fanolio.

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