BY CAROL ROEHM
Apparently “American Pickers” didn’t pick Danville.
Antique experts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz and a TV production crew from the “American Pickers” show ended up descending on Gibson City, where they spent the day Sunday sifting through a collection and filming the collector.
Jeanie Cooke, executive director of the Danville Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, was hoping the Cineflix, Inc. documentary series, which is shown nationwide on the History Channel, would feature a Vermilion County collection.
“I thought we had a couple really good places,” Cooke said. “I’m sad. We had some really outstanding places.”
The show’s producers asked the DACVB last month to put the word out that they were looking for local collectors who would be willing to appear on the show and possibly sell part or all of their collection and who also have a unique location to film.
The show’s producers told Cooke if a collector from the Danville area was selected, they would contact her and filming would take place in early September.
“I thought I would hear from them by Sept. 15,” she said.
Despite all the interest from collectors in Vermilion County and even Indiana — at one point, it took three people at the DACVB to field all the phone calls — the show’s producers decided to go to Ford County instead.
In fact, Cooke said someone called her office and told her about the Gibson City collector.
But Cooke said she still holds out hope that Danville will be featured in a future “American Pickers” episode.
“They told me that this isn’t their last time in Illinois,” she said.
The high-profile show follows Wolfe and Fritz as they search for America’s most fascinating, valuable and long-forgotten antiques and treasures in junkyards and barns.
The episode featuring the Gibson City collector will air during the show’s upcoming third season that premieres in December.