Wheeling Island Idol contest offers over $8,500 in cash and prizes including a recording studio package for the Idol grand prize winner!

WHEELING, W.Va. (May 27, 2008) - Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is looking to discover the next big talent in the regional area with the launch of its first Wheeling Island Idol Amateur Singing Contest open to all persons 21 or older.

The Wheeling Island Idol is the newest entertainment program to be added to the Wheeling Island 2008 Summer Concert Series. Wheeling Island Idol auditions will take place on June 12, 19 & 27, 2008 in the Wheeling Island showroom. All contest semi-finalists will move on to additional rounds held July 3 & 10, 2008 leading up to the finals on July 24, 2008 where one winner will be crowned the distinguished title of Wheeling Island Idol.

"We are really looking forward to our first auditions on June 12. The contest gives us a unique opportunity to showcase the amateur talent in the regional area and award the winners some great prizes. It's going to be a lot of fun," states Jim Simms, President and General Manager of Wheeling Island.

The armature contest will showcase weekly celebrity judges and over $8,500 in cash and prizes including a recording studio package, a $1,800 John Deere riding lawn tractor, $1,000 college scholarship, $500 savings bond, 1-year membership to CenterTown Fitness and Wheeling Island Getaway packages for the top 5 finalists. A special performance by celebrity judge Joe Zelek will take place during the Wheeling Island Idol finals on July 24th.

The promotional prizes are provided in part by participating sponsors including Bridgeport Equipment & Tool, Jefferson Community College, OVMC, First America Community Federal Credit Union, WTRF7/FOX Ohio Valley and Froggy Pittsburgh. Additional Wheeling Island Idol Amateur Singing Contest rules, regulations and registration information are available on line at www.wheelingisland.com.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 43 table games, 20-table poker room, over 2,000 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), six restaurants, 550-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services, gift shop and fitness center.

Wheeling Island provided over $121 million in taxes to the State of West Virginia in 2006 and employs nearly 1,200 associates with $21.4 million in total payroll. For more information, visit online at www.wheelingisland.com.

Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.

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Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden, and American Park ‘n Swap. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States approaching $2 billion in annual revenue and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

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