Not-Your-Kid’s Spelling Bee is Back for Loudoun Literacy

The Loudoun Literacy Council invites spelling and trivia lovers to its second Not-Your-Kid’s Spelling Bee—whether or not they can spell Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

Area business and nonprofit leaders, Literacy Council board members, brave contestants, and Loudoun celebrity judges will gather at the Ida Lee Recreation Center for an evening of great food, drinks, and good-natured competition.

Last year’s competition raised about $17,500 for the Loudoun Literacy Council, which has provided adults and low-income children and families with literacy services and tools to improve their educational—and, ultimately, financial and societal—opportunities for more than 30 years.

And even if you’re not quite sesquipedalian (given to using long words) enough to know where Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (a Welsh village) is—or even if you’re a little hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobic (afraid of long words)—you can advance in the competition through your trivia skills or just plain bribing the judges for answers or an opportunity to check your phone.

The competition will be judged by Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Howard, Loudoun County Public Library System Director Chang Liu, and Loudoun County Public School Public Information Officer Wayde Byard.

The bee is hosted by Loudoun Literacy Council Executive Director Nikki Daruwala and Loudoun Now reporter Renss Greene.

The evening of fun and fundraising will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg. Tickets and bribes go to support the Loudoun Literacy Council.

Get tickets at or call 703-777-2205. Tickets begin at $100, with sponsorships ranging from $250 to $3,000.

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