The Ohio Lottery is taking its show on the road this weekend, as the "Cash Explosion" program films a pair of episodes at Marietta High School.
The game show episodes will be in conjunction with the lottery's Facing Hunger campaign, which aims to boost donations for food banks around the state.
"We're looking forward to being able to help as many people as possible on as many levels as we possibly can," Barry Riley, the show's executive producer, says in a video on the Ohio Lottery website.
Those attending the tapings on Saturday are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks. The episodes, which are slated to air Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, will also emphasize the campaign, in an effort to encourage more donations.
In addition to letting area residents in on the excitement of the "Cash Explosion" show, Saturday's event will have economic benefits for the area, said Jeannie Roberts, director of communications for the Ohio Lottery.
"We have hotel rooms. We're using local off-duty police officers for security. We're hiring students from the school to be our ushers during the show," she said.
If you go
What: Taping of two episodes of the Ohio Lottery's "Cash Explosion" game show.
When: 3:15 p.m., doors open at 2:30; taping is expected to take approximately three hours.
Where: Marietta High School auditorium.
Extras: More than $5,000 in cash prizes and merchandise for audience members. Co-hosts Sharon Bicknell, Cherie McClain and David McCreary will be available for photos and autographs after the shows. People can also bring food to contribute to the regional food bank.
Roberts said the production will also use local catering and pay to rent the high school's facilities.
No local residents are scheduled to appear as contestants, but one of the players - Ken Lowry of Reynoldsburg - has family in the area, Roberts said.
Still, there will be opportunities for folks to get in on the winning, as there will be giveaways of more than $5,000 in cash and merchandise. Admission is free.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m., with taping to start at 3:15. The filming should take about three hours, after which "Cash Explosion" co-hosts Sharon Bicknell, Cherie McClain, and David McCreary will be available for photos and autographs.