Pat and Vanna may not be coming, but ABC-TV's Wheel of Fortune staff will visit Medford April 6 and 7 in search of contestants for the nationally televised game show. The event will be from 1 to 5 p.m. each day in the gymnasium at North Medford High School, 1900 N. Keene Way, Medford.
Those in attendance can fill out an application and be included in a random drawing for a chance to play a simulated version of the game on stage. Those selected for the local contest may win prizes and will be evaluated as potential contestants for the broadcast version of the show.
Staff members from the Wheel of Fortune promotions team will begin handing out applications on the west side of the gymnasium one hour before each show begins. Shows will be held at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 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.
According to information provided by the show, the majority of contestants who appear on Wheel of Fortune are selected at so-called Wheelmobile events in their hometowns.
Since it first rolled out in 1999, the Wheelmobile — a large RV bearing equally large portraits of show hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White — has logged more than 275,000 miles and has showed up in more than 250 cities.
Wheel of Fortune airs locally at 7:30 weeknights on KDRV, Channel 12.