‘Spelling Bee for Grownups' at San Diego Central Library

The spelling competition is free for spectators and $10 for participants

Word wizards and spectators will gather at the San Diego Central Library Wednesday evening for a spelling competition just for adults.

The “Spelling Bee for Grownups” takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Neil Morgan Auditorium at the Joan A. Irwin Jacobs Common at the Central Branch Library located at 330 Park Blvd. in San Diego’s East Village.

The competition doubles as a fundraiser for the San Diego Press Club, San Diego Council on Literacy and San Diego Public Library. The event will be moderated by wordsmith Peter Sokolowski, editor at large of Merriam-Webster. Sokolowski will be bringing the words.

Two judges will also oversee the spelling bee: Grant Barrett of the radio show, “A Way with Words,” and San Diego Public Library Director Misty Jones.

The event is open to the public and free for spectators. The first two hours of parking is free in the downtown library’s garage. Participants must pay $10, which includes a complimentary beverage. Stellar spellers can register here to secure themselves a spot on that spelling stage.

Finalists will win prizes and, of course, bragging rights as a San Diego super speller. F-U-N.

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