NEW HAMPTON | A family with its roots in Chickasaw County participated recently on "Family Feud."
Host Steve Harvey will greet the bunch when the show airs Feb. 20.
“Competing today for $20,000 is the Reicks Family from New Hampton, Iowa," Harvey says.
The selection process began in April, according to the show.
Sarah (Reicks) Soriano, a 1999 graduate of New Hampton High School, saw a post on Facebook about auditions in Minneapolis. Sarah lives in Eagan, Minn., got details and called her relatives.
The team features Sarah's husband, Rafael Soriano; mother, Lisa Reicks of New Hampton; sister Beth Larson of Decorah; and a brother-in-law, Mike Tobin of West Union. Tobin is married to Sarah's other sister, Jennifer.
“I knew who should be on the team immediately,” Sarah said. “I asked the family members who are outgoing, wouldn’t be shy on camera and who would really enjoy playing the game.”
The application called on the family to list a hometown. New Hampton was the natural choice. The Reicks family home is north of the city.
The family went through two audition rounds in Minneapolis that lasted more than four hours. Two weeks later, they received a postcard from the show’s producers letting them know they would get a call about scheduling.
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"Family Feud" tapes five shows each day and an entire season each summer in Atlanta.
“After working with the producers to figure out my family’s schedule along with theirs, we were cast to tape during their last week of the season -- Aug. 13,” according to Sarah.
The day started with another audition for the family, a mock game, because producers invite more families than necessary.
“Then we waited and waited and waited,” Sarah said. “We watched three tapings before the producers tapped us on the shoulder and said we would be next to tape the Feud."
The family agreed that they would not divulge results until after the show airs. If they win, they are eligible to continue up to five more times.
They are looking forward to seeing how the show is edited.
“Steve really is a lot of fun and very easy to talk too. We had a lot of laughs,” Sarah said. “We are just hoping we represented New Hampton and the state of Iowa well.”
The Reicks' episode will be on KFXA on one of the two episodes that air at 5 and 5:30 p.m. The family will host a viewing party Feb. 20 at Harvest Church in New Hampton. The event is open to the public.