ABC's '20/20' will be sending producers to cover the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy on Aug. 3-4 as part of a two-hour Barbara Walters special, "The Best in TV - The Greatest Shows of Our Time."
"To have ABC News and People magazine come to town really proves how global our audience and brand is," said Journey Gunderson, executive director of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy.
'20/20' and People magazine are running a poll on bestintelevision.com, where "I Love Lucy" is a strong contender to win two awards, Best Television Comedy of All Time and Best Television Show of All Time. Nearly 1 million people have voted already, and the online poll will take place until the end of the month.
The Barbara Walters special, which will run later in the summer, will feature Jamestown's annual comedy festival, the Lucy World Games on Tracy Plaza, footage from both museum attractions, and an interview with Lucie and Desi Arnaz.
The first chance to be a part of ABC's coverage will be at the World Games opening ceremony at Tracy Plaza at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. In addition to the World Games events, the Party on the Plaza will return to Jamestown. Food, drinks and free live music will be available on both days.
Two of the I Love Lucy-inspired events at the Lucy World Games, grape stomping and conveyor belt candy wrapping, are featured in ABC's online poll as some of the greatest moments in television history. Other events include a 1.5K walk/run, Lucy trivia, a costume contest, and a Lucy-themed Amazing Race.
After the World Games, the festivities will move toward the Reg Lenna Civic Center, where ABC will be covering the Stand-Up Showcase, featuring Lucie Arnaz and Tammy Pescatelli. Lucy Fest has featured performances by then-rising stars Ray Romano, Lewis Black and Ellen DeGeneres, and aims to catch comics on a similar rise to the top with the 2012 showcase. Tickets are now available at LucyComedyFest.com.
THE LUCY WORLD GAMES
One of the specific events that ABC News is particularly excited to cover is the Lucy World Games. Businesses, sports teams, local celebrities, and Lucy fans alike will all have the opportunity to be a part of the festivities in Jamestown on Aug. 3-4. People from across the area and around the United States will gather at Tracy Plaza to compete in eight "Lucy-Style" events.
Businesses that register for the games will receive personalized participant T-shirts, six tickets to the Stand-Up Showcase featuring Lucie Arnaz and Tammy Pescatelli on Friday, Aug. 3, and the chance to be named a Lucy World Games champion. Team registration for businesses costs $300 for up to 20 participants. Teammates may participate in multiple events and all events are not mandatory.
Additionally, registration for local sports teams is $10 a person, and registration for individuals is $20. Participant T-shirts and entry into all World Games events is included in the registration cost.
For more information or to register your team, contact Edward Sundquist at 664-7429 or visit www.lucycomedyfest.com. The event is hosted by the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy and sponsored by Allied Alarm Services.