Shelton family competes on ‘Feud’


Pictured: With “Family Feud” host Steve Harvey are members of the Baldyga family of Shelton, from left, Kristen, her sister Kellie, her sister Kim, her husband Ken, and her father Ken.

For one Shelton family, “It’s time to play the Feud!”

Taking the stage in front of a live studio audience in Atlanta, the Baldyga family squared off against the Patel family of Chicago in an episode of “Family Feud” airing Tuesday.

“Regardless of winning and losing, it was so much fun,” said Kellie Baldyga, an account director in Norwalk. “It was by far one of the best experiences we had individuals and as a family. It’s definitely one of the top three experiences in our life.”

As for Steve Harvey, the show’s waggish host, Baldyga said, “He was the nicest, most charming guy.”

“It’s like you’re in audience for an eight-hour comedy show every day,” recalled Baldyga, who, along with her family members, sat in the crowd as they waited for their turn to compete. “He makes you feel comfortable on stage.”

The Baldygas got the chance to play on “Family Feud” after winning a contest hosted by Foxwood Resort and Casino last year. As the family learned, the “Feud” starts long before the actual competition.

“You have to re-audition when you get to Atlanta,” Baldyga said. “If you’re not enthusiastic enough, or nervous on the stage, you could be sent home. Even then it’s a gamble.”

Fortunately, The Baldygas succeeded. But did they go on to win the $100,000 prize?

Tune into find out when the Baldygas episode of the “Family Feud” airs Tuesday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. on Channel 20 WCCT and at 5 p.m. on My 9, WWOR; or on Tuesday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. (check back for information on the channels).


Scott Gargan