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Price is Right game show winner visits Camden

Posted: November 21, 2016 5:49 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2016 1:00 a.m.
Jim Tatum/C-I

Bailey Griswold recently won a number of prizes on the long-running game show, “The Price Is Right” – which not included a trip to South Carolina but a stay at the Bloomsbury Inn in Camden. Griswold and two friends came to Camden Nov. 11-14. Shown from left are McKenzie Largay, Camden Mayor-elect Alfred Mae Drakeford, Griswold and Stephanie Ngai.

Scratch another one off Bailey Griswold’s bucket list.

Griswold, a 25 year old teacher from New York City, recently realized one of her dreams by competing – and winning – on the game show “The Price is Right.”

Among the numerous prizes Griswold won was a trip to South Carolina -- which included a three night stay at Camden’s Bloomsbury Inn bed and breakfast.

Katherine Brown, who with husband  own the Bloomsbury Inn, said they got involved with the show through their marketing organization, Select Registry, which represents some 300 bed and breakfasts/inns across the country.  

“They’re marketing on steroids,” Brown said. “They have very stringent membership requirements, which includes a non-notice inspection process. Price Is Right partnered with Select Registry to feature properties they represent. We were allowed to volunteer to be considered.”

The Bloomsbury Inn was selected from the 300 in the group and then went through a vetting process before being selected, she said. 

“We could have just been a prize, but we were actually selected to be in the showcase,” she said.

Brown said she believes a major factor in Bloomsbury’s selection was the fact they put together a varied and interesting itinerary for Bailey and her friends, to include shopping, dining, and sightseeing locally.

Griswold and two friends from New York arrived in Camden Nov. 11; they spent the weekend touring Camden, Kershaw County, and the Columbia area. 

Saturday evening, Nov. 12, Camden Mayor-elect Alfred Mae Drakeford came to the inn to meet Griswold and her friends and welcome them to Camden. She also presented Griswold a key to the city.

“I watched the episode where Bailey won the trip to Camden,” Drakeford said. “I waited all summer to welcome her here. It was a pleasure to present the “Key to the City” to Bailey and it was also a pleasure to spend time with she and her friends.” 

Griswold, in her mid-twenties, said she greatly enjoyed being on the show and was enjoying visiting Camden and South Carolina.

“I’ve had it in my head for about the last 4-5 years that I wanted to be on The Price Is Right,” she said. “I actually went out to L.A. twice to try to do the show. The second time I got it.”

Griswold said her first attempt was something of a lesson, she said. For one, she tried to fit in going on the show with the busy itinerary of a business trip. Another lesson learned was that she needed to plan ahead; she didn’t really have any plans other than to try to show up on time at the studio and hope she got picked.  As it turned out, she got stuck in traffic and arrived too late to even get in as a member of the audience, much less have a chance to get picked as a contestant, she said.

The second time, she vowed, she would do everything right, Griswold said. She planned another trip to L.A., this time for the sole purpose of being on the show.  She also watched many hours of “The Price Is Right”, noting carefully what each contestant who actually was chosen from the audience did – she studied everything from their general presentation – enthusiastic, cheerfully noisy, perky -- to the clothes they wore to get noticed by the show’s producers. 

She even made a t-shirt especially for the show. In fact, her t-shirt was not only a noticeable shade of green but it had the slogan “Spay It Forward” – which was the slogan of one of former “The Price Is Right” host Bob Barker’s favorite causes and charities. 

She practiced answering questions she might be asked; she even studied product pricing in the event she might find herself competing in one of the games that requires participants to guess the price of given products.

All of Griswold’s research paid off; she not only was chosen as a contestant, she won.

In fact, she won nearly $50,000 in prizes, including two cars, a motor scooter, numerous appliances and, of course, her trip.

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