Attention All Spellers: Buzzed at the Bee is Back

Last month’s first-ever Buzzed at the Bee gathered such a crowd that the organizers are inviting fervid spellers to come back for more this Thursday.

The adult spelling bee is put on by the Loudoun Literacy Council and Loudoun Now. All proceeds benefit the Loudoun Literacy Council, which provides free and low-cost English courses, as well as one-on-one tutoring, to individuals and families.

Buzzed at the Bee round two will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at The Zone, 43811 Central Station Drive in Ashburn. Loudoun Now reporter and the voice of the newspaper’s Morning Minute podcast Renss Greene will emcee and judge the event. He will be joined on stage by Loudoun Literacy Council Executive Director Sarah Ali, who will also serve as a judge.

Ali described the first Buzzed at the Bee, held Sept. 7 in Leesburg, as “supercalifragilistic.” She said the participants rose to the challenge, spelling everything from hemorrhoids to phlegm and correctly decoding texting acronyms like FWB, SMH, and IMHO. Not to mention, the event raised $1,500 for Loudoun Literacy.

“The Leesburg folks were definitely on their game. Can’t wait to see how the Ashburn crowd does at The Zone,” Ali said.

Anyone 21 years or older is invited to step up to the podium and join the fun. Participants are asked to donate $20 to Loudoun Literacy (that donation includes a drink). If spellers need a bit of help, they can donate a few bucks to bribe a judge or “phone a friend.”

People are also encouraged to come, watch and cheer—or heckle—the spellers, and also be poised to help if they’re called upon by a friend.

For more information about the bee, contact Ali at Learn more about Loudoun Literacy Council at

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