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'Margaret Blakeslee, come on down!'

Local resident to appear on 'The Price Is Right'

ROCK FALLS – From early July until Tuesday morning, Margaret Blakeslee has and will be disappointing friends and relatives.

Blakeslee, an art teacher at Washington and Franklin Elementary schools, was in California the first week of July with her husband, Ken Blakeslee, and her parents, Daniel Casillas and Mary Casillas, and they went to a taping of "The Price Is Right."

"Mom and dad are really big fans and watch it every day," Blakeslee said from the living room of her parents' Rock Falls home. "I watch it in the summer, when I'm not teaching."

They can tell people that they went to the show, but there comes a point when people ask about what happened, that they just have to shrug their shoulders and say, "I can't say anything more."

But the suspense ends Tuesday, when Blakeslee's episode airs at 10 a.m. on CBS. The atmosphere shown on TV is pretty close to what's experienced in a smaller-than-expected theater, Blakeslee said.

"When they said, 'Margaret Blakeslee, come on down,' they had to show a sign because it was so hard to hear," she said.

Blakeslee, after hearing her name called, did what she had seen many contestants do, climb over family members, friends and strangers to make her way to contestants row.

"I'm hard of hearing," Mary Casillas said. "So she's trying to get past me to go up on the stage, and I'm saying, 'What in the heck are you doing?' She said, 'I'm called up there.'"

But that's as much as they could divulge. They're informed during the taping that contestants or audience members aren't allowed to reveal what happens – good or bad.

Watching from the couch, an episode of "The Price Is Right" is a smooth, condensed 60 minutes. But at the show, it's nearly a full day of waiting in lines and taking photos.

"There's 300 people in the audience and the producer of the show talks to every single one of them," Ken Blakeslee said. "The whole thing is a 5 1/2-hour process. And they keep everybody organized. If they didn't, they couldn't get through any of this."

Blakeslee hopes to be able to catch her appearance during a break in the day tomorrow. She has between 10 and 10:30 a.m. free, she said, and will try to find a TV to watch and hopes someone will DVR the entire episode for her.

"I would love to go back," she said. "I would love for somebody else to get on. I can go to the show again, but I cannot be a contestant for 10 years. But the four of us could go again and one of them could get on."

Tune in

Margaret Blakeslee's episode of "The Price Is Right" airs at 10 a.m. Tuesday on CBS television stations.

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