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NOTL family wins spot on Family Feud Canada
The Gaio family, Katherine, Walter, Danielle, Sarah (Howden) and Ryan are ready to represent NOTL on Family Feud Canada. (Supplied photo)

The Gaios are headed to the Feud.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake family has been selected from among 2,000 families to compete on Family Feud Canada in an upcoming episode of the show’s second season.

Danielle Gaio, 25, said she was at work when she got the news that her family had been chosen.

“I was like, shocked, excited,” she said, adding she’s glad she picked up the call because she normally doesn’t answer if she doesn’t know who is calling.

Her father, Walter Gaio, said it’s a “once in a lifetime experience” to be on the show. The family operates a tender fruit farm on Concession 1. 

Only 130 families were chosen out of 2,000 that auditioned.

Ryan Gaio, 28, said he’s excited to play the game and meet the host of the show, Gerry Dee.

“I'm just stoked to actually play the game because I watch these game shows all the time at home and play along. You always think, 'Oh, I would totally say this. I would totally say that.' So I'm excited to see what it's actually like to experience that for real, to play it for real.”

Mom Katherine Gaio said after that The Lake Report published a story in June about their nomination, they received a lot of support from people around town.

“Everywhere we went people were asking,” she said. “That was also a really nice feeling, just like the overwhelming support of the whole community.”

A spokesperson for the show said a date is not yet scheduled for the episode.

The episode will include Walter, Katherine, Danielle and Ryan Gaio and Ryan’s fiancé Sarah Howden.