Wheel Of Fortune has been bringing families together, often to shout frustrated expletives at contestants, since 1975. It combines life's greatest things: a spinny prize wheel, an illuminated version of Hangman and the eternal fountain of grace and youth that is Vanna White. This weekend Dallas Fort Worth watchers will get their chance to solve the puzzle when the Wheelmobile, a massive tour van of opportunity, rolls into town.
On Saturday, November 17, Dallas gets its first shot at RSTLNE bliss when auditions are held fittingly at Southfork Ranch, in -- wait for it -- the Oil Baron's Ballroom! All fans may fill out an application, but auditions slots will be chosen by random. Those golden ticket holders will then advance to play a simulated version of the game and win "unique prizes" while being evaluated as potential candidates for the official CBS production. (There's a ten dollar parking fee. Southfork Ranch is located at 3700 Hogge Drive, in Parker, and the event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
If you don't get picked Saturday, get aggressive and try again on Sunday, November 18. That's when the destiny wagon anchors down at the Fair Park Music Hall. That word party comes with limited complimentary parking, with a ten dollar charge for overflow. (Music Hall at Fair Park is located at 909 First Avenue, in Dallas and this event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Here's the entire press release:
The Wheelmobile team rolls into North Texas in search of contestants to play on "wheel of fortune," america's #1 syndicated series
WHAT: Wheel of Fortune's Wheelmobile, the show's promotional vehicle, will be in North Texas in search of some good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun. Viewers interested in being a contestant on an upcoming episode are invited to attend. Fans 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.
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, November 17th Southfork Ranch* 1 PM - 5 PM 3700 Hogge Drive Parker, TX 75002
* Please note that there will be a $10 charge for parking. Parking for the event will be available via the Gate 4 entrance to Southfork Ranch. There will be no charge for admission to the Wheelmobile event. The event will take place inside the Oil Baron's Ballroom located within the Events Center. Applications will be distributed inside the Lone Star Atrium. Doors to the Lone Star Atrium will open at 11 AM.
Sunday, November 18th Music Hall at Fair Park** 1 PM - 5 PM 909 First Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76164
** Limited free parking will be available at the gated parking lot across the street from the Music Hall at Parry Avenue and Second Avenue. The parking lot is located between First Avenue and Second Avenue at Parry Avenue. The entrance to the parking lot is on the Second Avenue or South side of the parking lot. Additional parking will be available on the Fair Park grounds at a cost of $10 per vehicle. The event will take place inside the Music Hall. There will be no charge for admission to the Wheelmobile event. The main entrance for the event will be on the North side of the Music Hall, accessed through Gate 4 and located at the circle drive area in front of the building. Applications will be distributed in the restaurant located inside Music Hall at Fair Park.
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 1 PM, 2:30 PM and 4 PM, 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.
WHY: "The Wheelmobile tour gives us the opportunity to present local viewers with a unique and 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 #1." - Executive Producer Harry Friedman
FUN FACTS: The majority of contestants who appear on Wheel of Fortune come out to Wheelmobile events in their hometowns.
Since its inception in 1999, the Wheelmobile has logged over 275,000 miles and has visited over 250 cities
Nearly one million Wheel of Fortune fans have attended Wheelmobile events
STATION INFORMATION: Wheel of Fortune airs weeknights at 6:30 p.m. on CBS11. For more information on the Wheelmobile, tune into CBS11, log on to cbsdfw.com or visit wheeloffortune.com.
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