Annual Spelling Bee

Calling all bibliophiles, word-nerds, linguists, and pageant queens…what? 

Save the date for Beauty and the Bee


The 28th Annual Spelling Bee benefiting the Literacy Council of Buncombe County will be held 6-9pm Wednesday April 3, 2019 at The Mothlight.

Recruit two friends to complete your team and sign up to compete in the most spirited and outrageous word challenge of your lives. Choose your teammates carefully — they must have both spelling and concentration skills in order to disregard the pandemonium caused by a costumed, cheering audience.

Register your team by calling 828-254-3442 or emailing Once you register, you’ll get a team packet that includes event rules, study materials, and fundraising suggestions

  • Choose your team name and plan costumes (optional, but there are prizes for best sash!)
  • Study the word list provided
  • Raise funds online or make a personal donation to cover your team’s entry fee 
  • Encourage your own personal cheering squad to come and support your team
2018 Winners: Malaprop’s The Buzz Killz

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Here are the teams raising funds online with links to their fundraising page.

The Southern Spelles – Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe

Spellbound by Food – Chestnut/Corner Kitchen

Spelling Beasts – Soomo Learning

SpellCheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself – Ben Fehsenfeld & Friends

The Queen Bees – Adult Education tutors

SpellBinders – ESOL Tutor team

Extended Metaphors (We Spell Well!) – Flat Iron Writer’s Room & Gold Leaf Literary Agency

Bees Louise – Buncombe Partnership for Children

Those Who Spelt It Dealt It  – Hobbit Hawes & Friends

Word Buzzards – John Huie & Friends

Bee’s Knees – Janet Jennings & Friends

Team Chai Pani

Those more interested in observing from the sidelines may may join the audience.

Secure online donations are fully tax-deductible. All proceeds benefit the Literacy Council of Buncombe County.


Thank you to our event partners

With the exception of the stage The Mothlight is fully handicapped accessible.





Many thanks to our in kind donors! (this is a list in progress)

AMC Theatres
Asheville Jewish Community Center
Asheville Radio / The Mix 96.5
Biltmore Estate
Chimney Rock State Park
Grail Moviehouse
Harvest Records
Haunted Asheville
Hi-Wire Brewing
Innovation Arts & Entertainment
LaZoom Tours
Lucid Sound Project
Mr. K’s Used Books
Nantahala Outdoor Center
North Carolina Arboretum
Phoebe & Vann
Spirit Airlines
Zen Tubing
Zusa Fragrance & Supply


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