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Sophie Clarke fans rejoice

Sophie Clarke with fellow competitor Edna during the show, ‘Survivor.’

Sophie Clarke with fellow competitor Edna during the show, ‘Survivor.’ Photo by CBS

— Every Wednesday night, Sophie fans have gathered at Johnny’s restaurant on Route 22 for SOS (Sophie On Survivor) Night. At SOS night, Johnny’s owner, Trisha Sheehan, said dedicated Sophie fans gathered in the bar at their designated tables to watch the show and support their local contestant. The most dedicated followers, Sophie Faithfuls, reserved their tables in advance for the two-hour finale on Dec. 18.

“Last night, every single seat in the bar area was filled and the crowd even spilled out into the dining area,” Sheehan said Dec. 19. “When she was announced the winner, the crowd went wild. They were cheering, crying, and making phone calls. It was great.”

Clarke’s biggest fan — Rick Carter at Adirondack Hardware in Willsboro — has been telling everyone who walked into the store about the town’s newest millionaire.

“I am the biggest ‘Survivor’ fan here in Willsboro,” Carter said. “If people didn’t know Sophie won when they walked into the store, they definitely knew leaving the store.”

Carter said he has been collecting every article written about Clarke’s triumph through the competition and has recorded all of the episodes of “Survivor” and hopes when Clarke comes back to town she can autograph his DVD.

“If she comes into the store, it’ll take me 2 minutes to get my collection from home,” Carter said. “I’ll have it back here ready to be autographed by the time she gets done shopping.”

Carter said he was surprised and happy Clarke won.

“She was a tough girl and was a great competitor,” he said.

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