Local father-daughter compete on “Survivor”

Wire story and photo
Grant County Journal
August 28, 2014

EPHRATA – An Ephrata father and daughter hope to outwit, outplay and outlast the competition when “Survivor” returns for its 29th season with a 90-minute premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Dale Wentworth, 55, who farms south of Ephrata, and his daughter, Kelley, 28, a Seattle-area marketing manager, will join 16 other contestants in Nicaragua for the Blood vs. Water-themed contest, which showcases loved ones competing with – and ultimately against – each other for the title of Ultimate Survivor and a $1 million cash prize. Other pairs include father and son, firefighters, college sweethearts, twin sisters who also competed in the Amazing Race, and former professional baseball player John Rocker and his girlfriend, the owner of a spray tan business.

Dale Wentworth (Ephrata High School 1977 graduate) told Entertainment Weekly: “To be given the opportunity to play this game with my daughter is almost indescribable. I am looking forward to being able to watch her in settings that I may not get to see again, and hopefully watch her excel in them. I’ll have to move past the image of her being my “little girl” to a woman – one who can handle herself in any situation that life can throw at her and know that she will come out on top. I think we will build a deeper and stronger bond together after playing “Survivor.”

Kelley, a 2004 graduate of Ephrata High School, says she will ‘survive’ Survivor “because I grew up on a farm so I’ve seen and done it all. I’ve fed cows, cleaned up poop, driven a tractor, hauled fire wood, and the list goes on. I’m also very competitive and would never give up in a challenge.”

Alliances and relationships will be tested when mothers, daughters, brothers, spouses and partners vie against each other in the ultimate competition, raising the question of which is thicker: blood or water?

Look for an update on the results of the competition following the finale.


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