Back by popular demand, the Wheeling Island Idol contest offers over $8,500 in cash and prizes including a John Deere Tractor for the Idol grand prize winner!
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is looking to discover the next big talent in the regional area with the return of Wheeling Island Idol Amateur Singing Contest open to all persons 21 or older.
The Wheeling Island Idol was first introduced last year and successfully attracted hundreds of amateur singers from across the tri-state. Wheeling Island Idol auditions will take place on May 21 & 28, June 4 & 11, 2009 in the Wheeling Island showroom. All contest semi-finalists will move on to additional rounds held June 18 & 25 & July 2 & 9, 2009 leading up to the finals on July 23, 2009 where one contestant will win the first place prize package and be crowned the distinguished title of Wheeling Island Idol.
“We were so pleased with the turnout and caliber of talent at last year’s competition, we wanted to do it again. This year’s competition will be just as impressive with exciting prize packages, plus we’ve added an interactive online fan page giving Wheeling Island Idol fans the opportunity to track the progress of their favorite singer and offer comments weekly,” states Kim Florence, Director of Marketing at Wheeling Island.
The amateur contest will showcase weekly celebrity judges and over $8,500 in cash and prizes including a $1,500 John Deere riding lawn tractor from Bridgeport Equipment & Tool, $1,000 Jefferson Community College scholarship, and 1-year membership to CenterTown Fitness for the top 5 finalists. Special performances will take place during the Wheeling Island Idol finals on July 23 including an appearance by 2008 Wheeling Island Idol winner, Carrie Lutz.
The promotional prizes are provided in part by participating sponsors including Bridgeport Equipment & Tool, Jefferson Community College, OVMC, WTRF7/FOX Ohio Valley, Clear Channel Radio Wheeling and Froggy Pittsburgh.
Wheeling Island Idol Amateur Singing Contest registration form, rules and regulations are available online 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, 1,000-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services and gift shop.
WheelingIslandwon 7 first place “Best of Gaming” Awards by Casino Player Magazine’s July 2008 readers poll including Best Reel Slots, Best Video Poker, Best Service, Best Cash Back and Best Promotions.
WheelingIslandwelcomes more than 2.5 million visitors through its doors annually. Visitors enjoy the fast paced action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For information on Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, call 877-WIN-HERE (877-946-4373), for hotel reservations call 877-WHEELING (877-943-3546) or log on to 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.
About Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment
Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment is one of the most innovative gaming and racing operators in the country, specializing in racing venues with added amenities, including video gaming machines, poker rooms, full service restaurants, retail shops and lodging. The company oversees more than 5,500 video gaming machines across the country and operates at seven successful racing and gaming operations in New York, Arizona, Florida, West Virginia, Arkansas and Latin America. To date, Delaware North Companies is one of only five operators of video gaming machines at racetrack locations in New York State. The company is owned by Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and one of the largest privately held companies in the world. www.DelawareNorth.com.
About Delaware North Companies
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 and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 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


Kimberly Florence
Director of Marketing
Email: kflorence@dncinc.com
Phone: 304-231-1839
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