This coming Thursday, Traveling Stories will be hosting our annual Spellapalooza event in celebration of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In California you can join the fun in San Diego and San Francisco. Nashua, New Hampshire and Memphis, Tennessee will be back again this year as well. The newest party location for this year is Seattle, Washington.

If you are not able to make it to one of our event locations, you can always watch along at home and make a game of it with your family and friends.

To get everyone excited, we thought it would be fun to share some facts about the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The term spelling bee is an American term that date back to 1875 when it was first used in print, although it is believed that it had been used orally several years prior to that.  The word bee refers to a community social gathering at which friends and neighbors join together in a single activity.

Scripps has an extensive list, going back to 1925, which details every champion and the word the won the championship with. Winning words range all the way from common words like Chihuahua (Jennifer Reinke in 1967), to words even I needed a dictionary for, like vivisepulture (Wendy Guey in 1996). To check out the complete list, click -> here.

Last year Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe made history by being declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It was the first time since 1962, and only the fourth time overall, that co-champions have been declared.

There are currently 285 spellers competing in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, ranging in age from 9 to 15 years old.

36 of these spellers have relatives who have competed in previous Scripps Bees, and three of the spellers have siblings who have previously one the Bee! Want even more fun statistics? Head on over to the Scripps site -> here.

Think you have what it takes to be a champion speller? Try your skills with this test!