‘American Pickers’ picks Madisonville for future episode


A western Kentucky city was picked to be the latest location for a popular cable t-v show.

The History Channel’s ‘American Pickers’ is filming in Madisonville on Thursday. Local fans followed the cameras, as they followed the show’s hosts.

“It’s the greatest day of my life,” says Karen Seesengood, who watches hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz on TV. 

“Probably their top fan,” she says. “Because they pick and we pick.” Today, she saw them in person after getting tipped off while shopping for a cabinet.

“I was like, ‘Oh, the pickers are going to be here?’ And so, we started driving around at midnight, looking for the van,” Seesengood recalled.

The van, the hosts, and production crew made several stops at places on Main, Sugg and other streets, drawing a crowd wherever they went.

“I walked by there and seen their van,” said Andrew Mesner, who watched them film their show. “I immediately took a picture.”

The show is about Wolfe and Fritz searching, picking, and buy valuable hidden antiques that also have interesting stories behind them.

“I like seeing all the old antiques and stuff being pulled out of the barns and being sold in Nashville, and restoring them,” says Tyler Johnson of Hopkins County.

Two years ago, the show filmed at Windy Hollow Restaurant just outside Owensboro. Some like Seesengood will have their own stories, and mementos to remember this visit.

“My daughter drew this,” she said, holding up a drawing her daughter made. “We were actually going to give it to them, but they signed it and I decided we’re going to keep it.”

Producers tell us the episode filmed here won’t be airing for at least another 3-4 months.

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(This story was originally published on November 8, 2018)

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