By Paula @ Holiday World

It's that time of year when leftovers aren't a burden. They're appreciated. Cherished, even.

So I knew you wouldn't mind a leftover story from this summer.

It was when "Deal or No Deal" came back to town.

More than a year ago, the GM over at Santa's Lodge was chosen to be a contestant. Surprise! It was to air on Christmas day.

Skip is normally a pretty quiet guy. Pleasant, but not someone who seems to crave attention.

Until he's under the kliegs. Then he comes alive.

Skip won a heap of money, but he couldn't tell us till the show aired. (He's on the County Tourism Commission with me; we all noted he was wearing a nice leather jacket the week after he taped the show and nodded at one another knowingly.)

But that was 2006 and this is 2007.

Well, back during the season a crew from "Deal" came back to town. It seems our Skip is one of their most popular contestants ever, so they wanted to shoot an update of Skip here in the town of Santa Claus.

So he brought them to Holiday World.

That's John on the left. He works for the show. You know the guy in the middle. That's Skip on the right.

They did a little bit with John, Skip and his family around the Santa statue.

And then it was off to ride some rides.

Skip "whoo-hooed" his way through the day. It was unbelievable the energy he put into this shoot.

Waving. Laughing. Shouting. Whoo-hooing.

It was exhausting.

Uh, sir … please keep you arms, legs, hat, and enthusiasm inside the ride at all times.

Next, over to Raging Rapids.

Skip was still full of pep.

And he got the entire family, plus John, in on the act.

As the boat headed off toward the rapids, guess who was still whoo-hooing?

So now it's time to dry off a bit, right?

Yes, of course. Spin dry at Revolution.

Did Skip have his arms down at his sides even once during the day?

I don't think so.

Around the bend and Skip finds another ride he can't resist.

Good thing we sewed an elastic strap on his Santa hat.

Poor Josh was lugging the heavy camera equipment all day. (He never did take me up on my offer to help shlep it around, thank heavens.)

And now he had to halfway bend over backwards to shoot Skip's rides on Liberty Launch.

"Who is that?" I was asked over and over.

People were amazed when I told them it was the GM from Santa's Lodge.

"We've been there for three nights and haven't heard a single whoo-hoo."

That's probably because he was saving himself. By the end of the day ol' Skip was getting mighty hoarse.

Too many candy canes, maybe?

I whispered to John and Josh several times that I'd be glad to take them all to lunch. A nice grilled-chicken salad would have hit the spot by mid afternoon.

But we pressed on.

When Skip finally ran out of steam, we stopped for a snack. Four orders of deep-fried Oreos.

And then we were off and running again.

Santa had agreed to join Skip on The Voyage.

As they prepared to head out of the station I noticed something.

"Hey, Skip! Your arms aren't up in the air! What gives? And what happened to whoo-hoo? Come on, just one little whoo-hoo for Howie before you ride…"

This is my favorite photo of the day.

Can't you imagine Skip thinking, "I won $136,000 and that was great. I've had fun all day. When exactly did I agree to ride this coaster after eating deep-fried cookies?"

But up, up, up the lifthill they went, Santa and Skip.

And by the time Josh and I caught the train coming back toward the station, Skip had re-energized and assumed his standard position.

He even got Santa in on the act.


And all these months later?

John and Josh finished their road trip and got to work editing.

Just this week, they posted their video on Deal or No Deal's website. Click here if you'd like to watch their high-energy report.

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