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Carnival loss nets Epsom man offer from VH1's 'Best Week Ever'


EPSOM - Henry Gribohm's week just keeps getting better.

Then again, after losing his life savings over the weekend, how could it get any worse?

Gribohm, the Epsom man who received national attention after claiming to have lost his life savings playing a "Tubs of Fun" game at the Kids Carnival event at the JFK Coliseum in Manchester last Saturday, has been invited to appear on the VH1 show "Best Week Ever."

The show will air this Friday at 10 p.m. on the popular cable network, available on cable systems throughout New Hampshire.

The show features comedians reviewing the highlights of the previous week in pop culture. The network has offered to cover the cost of transporting Gribohm to New York City for the show's taping.

"I've spoken with Henry, and he's very interested in doing it," said VH1's Chris Martin, supervising producer for 'Best Week Ever'.

Gribohm attended the carnival, operated by Fiesta Shows, at the JFK Coliseum on Beech Street Saturday afternoon, when he decided to try and win his kids a prize at a $5 game called 'Tubs of Fun', where the goal is to toss two softballs into a large tub.

Gribohm said he came close to winning a prize, but fell just short. That's when he started receiving encouragement from the two carnival workers to keep playing - which he did.

He claims he eventually lost his life savings, $2,600, playing the game, which he feels was rigged. He filed a complaint with Manchester police on Sunday, who are investigating the incident.

He did, however, receive a dreadlocked banana from the two people who ran the "Tubs" booth for his troubles.

The story created national headlines, and was picked up this week by several social media sites and television networks.

And also brightening Gribohm's day, CollegeHumor.com posted the story on its web site with an offer to buy the dreadlocked banana for $2,600 if the post can get 26,000 "likes" on Facebook.

If this post gets more than 30,000 "likes," Collegehumor.com says it will buy Gribbohm's banana and buy him an X-Box Kinect, which he was originally trying to win. As of 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, the post had received 8,500 "likes."

pfeely@unionleader.com


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