The Blue Hen is a high school quizbowl tournament held every March at the University of Delaware. Run on NAQT questions, it tends to attract a mid-size field of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. teams.
Originally the tournament only allowed Delaware teams to participate. Starting with Blue Hen III the field was opened up to outside schools. The top Delaware school receives the Founders' Trophy, which contains the names of the Delaware ACC members on the team in 1999. There was a four-year stretch when non-Delaware teams won the overall title, but now this trophy has become less important since Wilmington Charter has won the tournament (and thus won both trophies).
The names listed on the Founders Cup are David Balseiro, Richard (Hayden) Hurst, Dave DeForge, Kate Gample-Wallenjeck, Rajeev Gorowara, Arnadlo Gutierez, Eric, and Michael Rulon.
One feature formerly popular with some teams is the trash round. Many years this was run while a set of pairings is being calculated, either a late preliminary or the playoff bracket.