Schaller seeks a 'Survivor'

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Reality show spawns a wild addition to area celebration

The small screen is coming to small town Iowa next month when 24 contestants will battle to determine the sole survivor during the Schaller Popcorn Days version of the reality television show, "Survivor."

For the first time, Survive This! will be included among the Schaller's Popcorn Days' festivities from July 11-12. The contest is part of this year's theme, "Popcorn Days Goes Hollywood."

Though challengers won't be asked to eat bugs or rodents, they will be tested by the likes of a western casket-carrying event, farm animal round up, a balance test, brain teasers and more. Contestants must endure the challenges without electricity for 30 hours.

Organizer Casey Schmidt aid he is receiving interest from all over the country, including inquiries from Phoenix, Colorado and Chicago.

"We're just going to have fun and see what happens," he said.

The first challenge for the two teams will be to carry a pine box coffin to the cemetery, like they did in the days before the town was settled, Schmidt said. The second setting will take place on the high school football field and contestants must herd a selected number of animals, that could include chickens and sheep, into two separate pens. In the third event, team members will have to balance themselves on a pole. They will rough it in a camp-out overnight.

On Saturday, contestants will go through various challenges including a swim and rescue course, an obstacle course and firefighter training. Over the noon meal, Survive This! will bring back what Schmidt calls "some old time country fun" with an egg toss, three-legged race and other challenges.

Team members will vote peers off, just like in the show, only contestants will use an outhouse as their election booth.

Get the rest of the details, pick up your copy of the Pilot Tribune - 732-3130.

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