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'Feud' bonds family
Episode of game show airs Tuesday
The Howell family poses with Family Feud host Steve Harvey during a recent taping of the show in Atlanta. From left are Doug Ford, Bunny Howell, Kyle Howell, Harvey, Sara Ford and Emily Boyd. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

For one local family, a feud made them closer.

An appearance on the "Family Feud" TV game show, which pits one family against another, brought some newly formed local in-laws together in competition.

Shortly after her brother got married, Sara Ford asked if he and his wife would join her and her husband in auditioning for the long-running TV game show.

"We hadn’t spent a lot of time with his new wife or that side of the family, so we thought it would be fun to do something together and get to know each other better," Ford said.

The Forsyth County woman, her brother, his sister-in-law and their spouses will appear at noon Tuesday on the show’s new season.

The Howell family faced off with the Brown family from Queens, N.Y., for a chance to take home up to $100,000 and a new car.

The show asks families to come up with answers they think people gave to a survey question.

"There’s really not much to prepare for," Ford said. "I think one of the producers said it best. She said, ‘It’s really a kids’ game that adults play.’ You can’t overthink it."

The show had always been a fond memory for Ford, a game show enthusiast, and her husband.

When the two worked separate night and day shifts, "Family Feud" provided a connection between the couple as they passed through home.

Ford would leave one of the questions on the counter and she and her husband would go back and forth as he tried to guess the answers.

When her husband saw an ad in the paper about the show’s auditions in Atlanta, the family decided to give it a shot.

Her brother, Kyle Howell, said they pretended to play the game on the energetic set for the audition.

Howell, who lives in Atlanta, said he was surprised when they were selected.

"I think we put on a good show," he said.

For both Ford and Howell, the show’s current host, comedian Steve Harvey, was the best part about filming.

"It’s really like you’re going to see a stand-up comedy show," Ford said. "He’s very entertaining."

The five-member team had to sit through three days of filming, participating in the audience, so Ford said they got to watch a lot of Harvey.

The time spent waiting was the least favorite part for Howell and Ford, who said Atlanta-area contestants were selected to tape last.

"We watched many, many families," Howell said. "Your hands definitely hurt at the end of the day."

The upside to the hours spent together was the bonds that formed, he said.

"It was a great chance for the two sides of my family to really meet each other and get comfortable with each other," Howell said. "I think it’s probably going to spur more family interaction down the line."