Sisters-in law, Melva Ramiez and DeeAnn Vasquez, will be attending one of the last tapings of the "Price Is Right" with host Bob Barker. They will be in the studio audience at Tuesday's game show that will air sometime in June. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER
Ramirez, Vasquez attending taping of 'Price is Right'
Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal
Melva Ramirez and DeeAnn Vasquez designed lime and pink shirts in an effort to hear the words, "come on down" when they visit the "Price Is Right" for the show's taping on Tuesday.
The T-shirts read in the front "Bob, it's your time to come on down," and the back reads, "to Alice, Texas."
"I'm going to yell and hug him, I don't care to win a prize," Ramirez said. "I just want to hug Bob Barker, that's the thrill."
The sisters-in-law are meeting Ramirez's daughter-in-law, Celeste Alvarez from Duval, Wash., in Burbank, Calif., and the trio will be hitting the town for some site-seeing of celebrity homes, attending the show and shopping at the "Price Is Right" souvenir shop. They will fly-out on Monday and will arrive in Los Angeles about 11 p.m., Pacific time. Ramirez said Tuesday morning, they will be lining up outside the studio about 4 a.m. to guarantee their seats.
Since Bob Barker's announcement that he is retiring after hosting the show for 35 years, requests for tickets to the "Price Is Right" have skyrocketed. "Price Is Right," which airs on CBS, is the longest running game show in history, according to its Web site.
"It's one of the last tapings, my daughter-in-law has been requesting tickets since March," Ramirez said.
Ramirez said of the 75 games on the show, her favorite is the Grocery Game, but she also enjoys Plinko and the Dice Game.
The Grocery Game is played for a prize. Five grocery items are displayed. The contestant may choose any or all of the items in whatever quantity she desires in an attempt to come within $1 of $21 without going over.
Once an item has been priced, it cannot be used again. The running total is kept on a cash register.
"My favorite game is with the cash register," said Ramirez, who owns the Burger Basket restaurant and store on Cameron Street. "You just have to buy groceries up to $21 without going over."
Ramirez said she has been watching the show since it began 35 years ago and she is going to stop flipping burgers for a few days to attend the show.
"I'm so excited, I've been waiting too long," she said. "It's going to be fun. I just want to be there so I can say that I was there. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."