Here’s some news I’m pretty sure will be quite exciting to a lot of folks who live in the Red River Valley and beyond.
The “Wheel of Fortune” Wheelmobile, the promotional vehicle for one of television’s most popular game shows, will be in Fargo Saturday and Sunday holding auditions for good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun, says a news release that came my way today.
(Yes, "Wheel of Fortune" is the show that stars Pat Sajack and Vanna White, but they won’t be traveling with the Wheelmobile.)
Viewers who are interested in being a contestant on an upcoming episode are invited to attend. Each fan will have the opportunity to fill out an application, have his or her name drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game onstage, win unique prizes and be evaluated as a potential contestant for the broadcast version of the show.
The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Urban Plains Center, 5225 31st Ave. S. There is no charge for parking or admission to the Wheelmobile event. Parking will be available in the South lot located off of 32nd Avenue.
Staff members from the Wheel of Fortune promotions team will begin handing out applications one hour before each show begins. Searches will be held at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., with each show lasting about an hour. Everyone who attends the event will be able to submit an application. Participants will be selected to come to the stage and audition via a random draw.
Harry Freidman, executive producer of “Wheel of Foture, said the Wheelmobile tour gave the show the opportunity to present local viewers with a personal experience with the show.
“It’s a way for us to thank our viewers for their long-term support, and for making the show No. 1,” Friedman said in a news release.
Tobin is arts & entertainment reporter at the Grand Forks Herald.