For more information, contact:
Kim Florence, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
(304) 231-1839


Girls compete every Thursday for their chance to win $3,000 in cash and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the national Miss Hawaiian Tropic finals!

WHEELING, W.V. (August 26, 2008) - Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack kicks off the holiday weekend with the Miss Hawaiian Tropic State Finals competition and a free Miss Hawaiian Tropic after-party performance by Bon-Journey, plus a live concert by legendary British rock band Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone!

Miss Hawaiian Tropic State Finals
The final preliminary event for the West Virginia Miss Hawaiian Tropic will take place on Thursday, August 28 at 8pm in the Wheeling Island showroom. Contestants may register for the event between 5pm-8pm at the showroom entrance. The top 3 finalists will receive their share of $1,000 in cash prizes, a Wheeling Island overnight package and qualify for the West Virginia State Finals competition. The model search competition is open to all females 18 or older.

The action continues as all the preliminary finalists from across the region return to compete for the state title. The West Virginia State Finals will take place on Saturday, August 30 at 8pm in the Wheeling Island showroom as girls compete for over $5,000 in cash prizes. The winner will take home the distinguished title of the West Virginia Miss Hawaiian Tropic, $3,000 in cash and a trip to compete in the national Miss Hawaiian Tropic finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Guests attending the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Finals can also enjoy a free 30-minute intermission and after-party performance by Pennsylvania's own Bon-Journey, the nation's only dual tribute to the music of Bon Jovi and Journey.

Miss Hawaiian Tropic event admission is free and open to the public starting at 6pm the night of the contest. Miss Hawaiian Tropic competition registration forms and complete rules are available at

Herman's Hermit's featuring Peter Noone
Wheeling Island's 2008 Summer Concert Series comes to a fantastic climax with the live performance by Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone on Friday, August 29 at 9pm in the Wheeling Island showroom.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the night of the show. Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered by calling TicketMaster at 304-233-3535 or visiting

Herman's Hermit's featuring Peter Noone concert performance is reminiscent of the mid-1960's clean-cut British rock band. Peter Noone, the artist formally known as Herman, is a multi-talented entertainer, who has been delighting audiences nearly all his life. He was born in Manchester, England, where he studied voice and acting at St. Bede's College and the Manchester School of Music and Drama. As a child, he played "Stanley Fairclough" in the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street. He was also featured in the television series Knight Errant, Family Solicitor and Monro's Saki Stories.

At the age of fifteen, Peter achieved international fame as "Herman", lead singer of the legendary Sixties pop band Herman's Hermits. His classic hits included: "I'm Into Something Good" "Mrs. Brown, you've Got A Lovely Daughter", "I'm Henry VIII, I Am", "Silhouettes", "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat", "Just A Little Bit Better", "Wonderful World", "There's A Kind of Hush", "A Must To Avoid", "Listen People", "The End of the World" and "Dandy". Ultimately, Herman's Hermits sold over sixty million recordings. In all, fourteen singles and seven albums went gold. The Hermits were twice named Cashbox's "Entertainer of the Year".

As "Herman", the photogenic Noone graced the cover of nearly every international publication, including Time Magazine. He performed on hundreds of top-rated television programs and appeared with such luminaries as Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin and Danny Kaye. He also starred in ABC's musical version of The Canterville Ghost, Hallmark Hall of Fame's presentation of the classic Pinocchio (in which he played the title role) and three highly successful feature films for M-G-M: Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter, Hold On! and When The Boys Meet The Girls.

Throughout the seventies, Noone performed, composed songs and produced recordings with such artists as David Bowie, Debby Boone and Graham Gouldman. The eighties found Peter starring on Broadway in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of The Pirates of Penzance. He won rave reviews for his superb portrayal of the dashing, young hero, "Frederic". Peter's acting career flourished with guest-starring roles in prime-time television shows such as: Married With Children, My Two Dads, Quantum Leap, Dave's World, Easy Street, Too Close For Comfort and Laverne and Shirley. He also starred in the Los Angeles stage premiere of Topokana Martyr's Day and the U.S. National Tour of the smash Broadway hit Romance, Romance.

For four years, Noone served as the winsome host of VH1's My Generation, the highest-ever-rated half hour retrospective of popular music. He also hosted the informative PBS Special The British Invasion Returns and recorded the title song for the Kirk Douglas film Diamonds. He created two unique websites ( and that have become so popular, the New York Daily News dubbed him the "King of The Sixties on the Internet."

Gas For Life Swipe N Win

Don't miss your chance to win free gas! Guests can swipe their Wheeling Island Players Club card for their chance to win "Gas For Life" or a $40, $50, or $100 gas rebate vouchers instantly this Friday and Saturday, August 29 & 30 from 3pm-9pm at the Wheeling Island promotion booth. All participants will also receive a free entry into a second-chance drawing for a $500 pre-paid gas card at 9pm!

Jamaica Trip Giveaway
Win a trip for you and a guest to the sandy beaches of Jamaica this Saturday, August 30 at 9pm! The winner must present to win. Guests can receive one free entry at the Wheeling Island Players Club on the day of drawing.

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.

For more information on Wheeling Island, visit online at

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