HORSE CAVE — After six years, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from The History Channel's hit reality show, “American Pickers,” are returning to Kentucky.
Word about the famous pickers returning to the bluegrass state sometime in October began circulating earlier this week when a press release was issued by show officials asking for leads Wolfe and Fritz might visit to score unique finds; something they've never before seen with an interesting story.
According to Alina Ramirez, casting associate producer for the show, Wolfe and Fritz are looking to explore private collections or accumulations of antiques. They are not interested in stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses nor anything that is open to the public, she said in an email to the Glasgow Daily Times.
When Wolfe and Fritz visited Kentucky six years ago, they stopped in Horse Cave for a pick at David Lindsey's private collection.
Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry recalled word spreading rather quickly about Wolfe and Fritz being in town.
“That morning that they were here, before I even knew it, the streets were already full of people who saw their truck in town and had already gathered on the street to get a glimpse of them,” he said. “I got a chance to talk to both Mike and Frank and they were both real easy to talk to. It was just real enjoyable to have them here in Horse Cave.”
The show has not sought any incentive through the Southern Kentucky Film Commission to film in the area, but Terry Martin, president of the film commission, said having them to shoot an episode or two in the area “does enhance what we do through the Southern Kentucky Film Commission.”
Since its inception, the Southern Kentucky Film Commission has worked with production companies on 10 films over the last two years. “Never Forgive,” a movie that was recently shot in Horse Cave, will be the film commission's 11th movie.
Martin is a fan of the show.
“I love it,” he said. “I watch it all the time.”
Martin said he has been told Wolfe once stopped at Turtlelini's Pizza and Pasta restaurant in Horse Cave with his family when passing through the area on vacation.
Martin is not sure if Wolfe and Fritz will make another stop in Horse Cave this time around or not, but he's hoping they will make a visit to southcentral Kentucky to do at least one pick if not more.
Those who think they may have something Wolfe and Fritz might be interested in are urged to reach out to them by calling 1-800-OLD-RUST (653-7878) or shoot them an email at AmericanPickers@cineflix.com. They can also be reached via Facebook @ GotAPick.