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You think you know Platte?: Saratoga Museum hosts night featuring Platte Valley trivia


What trout is native to the North Platte River? If you think you know the answer, you might want to save it for the Platte Valley Trivia Night.

The Saratoga Museum plans on holding a night of trivia from 6 to 8 p.m. May 2 at the Saratoga Senior Center. Tickets cost $10 per person. The $10 gets you in the door for a night of fun, a homemade chili dinner and a chance to win some great prizes, said Saratoga Museum board member George Haigh.

People of all ages are encouraged to join in the festivities. For those who want to participate are asked to bring a group of two to six people.

“I want it to be fun and a promotion for the museum,” Haigh said. “Some questions are really easy. Some are really hard. They go all the way back to when Saratoga was being formed, when Encampment was booming. We will have questions about the railroad, the logging industry, hunting and fishing, historical markers in the Valley, etc.”

Although the night is designed to provide fun for all ages and gives everyone the opportunity to win prizes, proceeds will go to help fund the renovation of the boxcar behind the museum.

“I was going through paper work, and it just appeared that every director had the idea” to have the boxcar hold exhibits, said the Saratoga Museum Director Kimberly Givens.

The car itself was used as an express train car to carry mail. The Saratoga Museum wants to refurbish it and use it to house traveling exhibits, Givens said.

The ongoing project could be completed as soon as 2014 or 2015, Givens said.

The trivia night is also about educating every one of all ages on the rich history in the Valley, Haigh said.

“Not only do we want to promote the Saratoga Museum and its expansion efforts this summer, but we also want to educate people,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, you’ll learn something from the Platte Valley Trivia Night.

Interested parties can expect to answer about 30 questions all pertaining to the Valley. There will be refreshments served throughout the night, a raffle and giveaway. Raffle tickets will cost $5.


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