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Area residents compete on game shows with episodes airing this week

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Dressed as a matador, Kate LaCasse of Algonquin is expected to appear Thursday on "Let's Make A Deal."

"I just picked whatever fit me in the costume shop," said 29-year-old LaCasse of her costume choice for the show, in which audience members dress in outlandish costumes to win cash and prizes by making deals with the hoste, Wayne Brady.

One out of every 18 audience members gets to be a contestant on the show. 

LaCasse attended the gameshow with her husband, dressed as Elvis, and her brother, dressed as a banana, whom she was visiting in Los Angeles.

Though she can't reveal the outcome of the show, which airs 9 a.m. daily on WBBM (Channel 2), she said, "It was definitely an experience."

"I was like, "Hey, that's Wayne Brady, and he's talking to me,'" she remembered. "It was like, 'Wow, cool.' "

A fan of the show who watches it regularly with her 9-month-old son, LaCasse decided to get tickets and go on a whim. Tickets to the show, taped in Hollywood, are free.

"I like the history facet of it," she said. "It's been on for so long. It's entertaining. It's hysterical the stuff people come up with when they're in their costumes."

Another local family, the Pollastrini family of Crystal Lake, is scheduled to appear today on "Family Feud." The show airs at 5 p.m. on WPWR (Channel 50).

According to a news release, the family faced off against the Grace family from Maywood in front of a live audience in Atlanta. 

The family includes Geriann, a restaurant owner; brother Tony, a podiatrist; brother Chris, a health care manager; brother Ron, an asset manager; and brother Mike, an engineer. 

"We auditioned for 'Family Feud' because we always watched it growing up,'" Geriann was quoted as saying in a news release. "If we win, we will put the money toward a family vacation and donate some to the Autism Speaks Foundation, as well."

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