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Big money, big prizes in new game show for kids

Each day at the Logan County Fair this year, 27 lucky youths will get to try their hand at winning prizes in the new Kidbucks Game Show attraction.


ABOVE: The finalist in the Monday afternoon Kidbucks Game Show grabs for kidbucks inside the money booth as host Tim Balster watches from outside. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Youths stack cups to win prizes and a chance at a bicycle during a “snooty waiter” portion of the new Kidbucks Game Show near the Lake Avenue entrance to the Logan County Fair. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

The production, which is put on by Tim and Robin Balster of Balster Magic Production Inc., is a game show style event that offers the winner of each round a chance to grab as many “kidbucks” as they can in 30 seconds inside a money chamber. The kidbucks are then redeemable for stuffed animal prizes.

Each of the shows, which begin daily at 2:20, 5 and 7 p.m. next to the Lake Avenue entrance to the fairgrounds, is preceded by a preregistration period during which youths claim a ticket to be considered for a place on the stage.

Of those who register, nine are drawn to take part in the event.

Sorting the contestants based on height, three are pitted against one another in events with names like “Shooting ducks in a barrel,” “Snooty waiter” and “Toss your cookies.” The winner of each round then faces off in the “Spin to win” round in which the highest number spun on the wheel moves on to the final round.

After entering the chamber with safety goggles and a bag to put the cash into, the finalist tries to grab as many regular kidbucks and special bills worth 10 kidbucks each.

A variety of prizes, up to a Nintendo Wii system for a contestant who gets all 10 special bills, are available at the end. In addition to drawing a number for a participant who didn’t make it onto stage, the winner will also be entered in a drawing for a new bicycle that will be drawn after the final show at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The new addition replaces the Kaboodlestoppers performance that was a staple at the annual fair for a number of years.

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