Resident scores big cash, prizes on 'Wheel of Fortune' [Clarksville]

Howard County Times

Local resident David Ross recently appeared as a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune.”

Ross has been watching the iconic game show for as long as he can remember. His journey to become a contestant began when he attended a traveling version of the show, called a “Wheelmobile,” in Washington, D.C., in November 2017.

He signed up with the hope to win money to use for traveling. Ross was one of thousands of attendees who filled out an application for the chance to audition for the show. During the event, prospective contestants played a speed round of “Wheel of Fortune.” Ross was one of the promising candidates who was invited back for a final audition for the show, an accomplishment in itself.

Last year, more than a million people applied and only 600 were selected.

Ross traveled to Culver City, CA, with his wife Korey, her sister and her sister's husband to compete on the show. During Ross’s appearance, which first aired on May 21, “Wheel of Fortune” featured the “Get Out of Town!” theme to celebrate its 35th anniversary season. Thanks to his puzzle-solving prowess, Ross won nearly $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Samoa and a Ford Escape.

Ross enjoyed his experience on the show. He said that anyone who wants to try out should do so because it's "such a blast!"

A graduate of James Madison University, Ross is a psychologist for the Army. He and his wife have a 4-year-old daughter. Ross loves traveling and has visited over 20 countries. In the nine years they have been married, the Ross's have lived in five different places.

The River Hill Community Association’s flea market will be held on Sunday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Village Center parking lot. If you would like to rent a space, the cost is $10 for River Hill residents and $20 for non-residents. Vendors must bring their own table. For more information, call 410-531-1749 or email

Have you ever had your photo taken in the mouth of Willie the Whale from the old Enchanted Forest? Clark’s Elioak Farm has put out a call for images from one of the most photographed attractions at the former theme park. Owner Martha Clark, who rescued the fairy tale structures from the abandoned park and moved them to her farm, is creating a photo display for an Enchanted Forest Birthday celebration event on June 16. Former employees of the park will be at the farm from noon to 4 p.m. to share their memories of Willie the Whale and other park attractions.

Photos can be mailed or dropped off at Clark’s Elioak Farm, 10500 State Route 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042. Photos should be labeled with your name, address, phone number and email address. Also, include the approximate date when the photo was taken and the names of those who were photographed. Written memories about the Enchanted Forest are also welcomed. For more information, send an email to or call 410-730-4049.

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