The 15th annual Classics Scrabble Invitational will be held Jan. 25 at noon at Classics Used and Rare Books, which is located at 4 West Lafayette Street in downtown Trenton.
Seven players scheduled to participate in the tournament are from Mercer County, including student Evan Halliday from Trenton, artist Roger Long from Bordentown, photographer Jon Naar, bookstore owner Eric Maywar, former Brown University Scrabble Club president Michael Sampson, designer Dan Robinson of Pennington and researcher Sarah Ohls of Pennington. Robinson is a four-time invitational grand champion and Ohls has won the competition twice.
Their biggest competition will come from Temple University student and former Trenton resident Megan Iurilli, who is the top ranked player in the group, according to her record from the 2014 season. Iurilli is a two-time former grand champion and the reigning 2014 champ. Other former grand champions slated to take part in the competition include artist Barbara Keogh, Bruce Gross, and actress Alice Weber.
The national anthem to be sung by Trentonian Cherry Oakley to kick off the contest.