Ferndale woman to be contestant on ‘The Price Is Right’

A Ferndale woman will be a contestant on an episode of “The Price Is Right” airing Friday, Jan. 9.

Debbie Gwaltney, 51, said she has watched the show since she was a little girl. For her birthday in October, she took a trip to California with her son so she could have a chance to be picked as a contestant.

She and her son even wore T-shirts with words explaining the birthday story, addressing the message to show host Drew Carey and announcer George Gray.

When her name was called to “come on down!” she was in disbelief.

“I was thinking, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to fly back home if I don’t get called,’” Gwaltney said. “It was the best birthday ever.”

Show rules prevent her from discussing what happened on the episode or if she won anything until after it airs.

Gwaltney grew up in Bellingham. After college, she spent some time living in Los Angeles before moving back to Ferndale. She said she has wanted to compete on “The Price is Right” since she was a kid.

“It’s something I will never, ever forget,” she said.


Tune in to CBS at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, to watch Ferndale resident Debbie Gwaltney compete on “The Price Is Right.” CBS also offers online streaming of the show via its apps or website, CBS.com.