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September 9, 2008
Clark needs you!

It's sort of an unusual request, but here goes:

Clark Pest Control is holding open auditions for the chance to star in a TV commercial during the upcoming Lodi Grape Festival. If you're interested, you'll get to create your own commercial in front of a "green" screen that will eventually appear as a backdrop of an "infested' residential home.

There will be props (maybe giant ants!), but the most important thing will be dipping into your creative side to ad-lib a 30-second spot.

Of course, you've gotta end the ad with the well-known "Clark We Need You!" call for help.

The contest will run each day of the festival at the Clark Pest Control booth (near the Pavilion). Here are the times: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 3 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The festival grounds are at 413 East Lockeford St. in Lodi.

All of the auditions taped during the festival will be featured on the Clark Pest Control Web site ( beginning Sept. 15. The winner will be notified by Sept. 30.

I didn't know this, but Clark Pest Control is actually based in Lodi and is the West's largest family owned pest management company. Now that's a claim to fame, for which the company is so proud that it wants to pick someone from the area to be the face of its next commercial. And, in keeping with the charitable nod, Clark is selling $1 raffle tickets at the festival for prize drawings. Those tickets, plus other money raised, will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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