Fill in the missing letter and you’ll have a good idea of how Missy DuFore feels about the trip she’s taking to Hollywood next week — and why she’s going.
DuFore, 35, of Ironton, was recently selected to appear as a contestant on the long-running game show, “Wheel of Fortune.”
On Wednesday, she, her husband, Derek, her sister-in-law, Michelle Stamper, and her niece, Courtney Stamper, will fly out to Los Angeles for a taping of the program, which is scheduled for the following day. The episode likely will air in October or November, she said.
DuFore, who described herself as a long-time “Wheel” fanatic who grew up watching the show with her grandparents, said she was “beyond excited” about being on the show, especially when she thought the opportunity to do so had passed her by.
She said she signed up online to be a contestant some time ago, and was notified by e-mail that she’d been selected to appear for an audition last month at Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes, W.Va.
DuFore said she and about 40 others were at the tryouts. The process included a timed written test and a screen test to determine how each person would look on the show, she said.
When it was over, DuFore said she and the other hopefuls were told they’d receive a letter within about two weeks if they’d been selected, and, that if they didn’t hear anything within that time frame, they probably hadn’t been.
Nearly a month passed with nothing from the “Wheel” folks in her mailbox, and DuFore said she’d pretty much resigned herself to the idea she hadn’t made the cut.
But, last week, she said a woman with the show’s selection committee called and told her to pack her bags and start making travel arrangements.
DuFore said she and her husband were responsible for paying for their own airfare and accommodations. It’s a fairly sizable amount of money to put up, she said, but, it comes with a chance of a decent return.
Plus, there’s getting to be a “Wheel” contestant, which DuFore called “a once-in-lifetime opportunity.”
While acknowledging that having a shot to win a bunch of fabulous prizes will be nice, DuFore said it was the simple act of spinning the wheel she was looking forward to the most.
DuFore. a junior at Ohio University Southern majoring in early childhood education, is a native of Greenup County, a graduate of Greenup County High School and a former member of that school’s vaunted cheerleading squad. She and her husband are the parents of a 15-month-old daughter, Ava.
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