'It was the experience of a lifetime. I don't know anyone who doesn't love 'The Price Is Right.''

SUBMITTED PHOTOS: FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA - Sydney Potkowski has long been a fan of 'The Price Is Right' and lived out a dream when she appeared on the show recently.When Sydney Potkowski and her family visited Los Angeles recently, they couldn't resist a chance to see a taping of "The Price Is Right" — a long-running game show hosted by Drew Carey.

Little did Potkowski, a West Linn resident, know that in this, her third live viewing of the show, she would be picked as a contestant.

"It was the experience of a lifetime," Potkowski said, noting that she has long been a fan of the show. "I don't know anyone who doesn't love 'The Price Is Right.'"

Aside from cherished memories, Potkowski also walked away with several prizes — including an all-inclusive weeklong snowboarding trip to Chile. Contestants on "The Price Is Right" win prizes by guessing how much the items are worth, with the closest guess determining the winner.

"I won a camera — that's what I won to get on there, to go up on stage," Potkowski said. "And when I played the game I won an all-inclusive weeklong trip to Chile, and it's a snowboarding trip so I also won a snowboard with boots and bindings and all of that."SUBMITTED PHOTO: SYDNEY POTKOWSKI - Potkowski won a number of items on the show, including a trip to Chile.

Potkowski said the experience was a blur, and that she was shaking through much of her appearance on stage. She added that she was surprised by how difficult it was to hear what other contestants are saying.

"So when you're bidding and there's three other people next to you, you can't hear them," she said. "That's why Drew Carey repeats (bids), I think, because you can't hear them."

It even happened when Potkowski won the Chile trip.

"(Carey) said, 'Sydney, you won.' And I said, 'What?'" Potkowski recalled. "He said, 'Sydney, you won, go get your prizes.'"

The episode is scheduled to air Oct. 5, and Potkowski has big plans for when she makes her television debut.

"I want to go to Buffalo Wild Wings and get it on every single screen," she said. "It's during the day, so we might have to record it and have a watch party in the evening."

West Linn Tidings reporter Patrick Malee can be reached at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or [email protected]

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