- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

FARMERVILLE, La. (AP) - Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have crisscrossed America, looking through barns and basements for dirty, rusty treasures.

Now, the pair wants to bring their show, “American Pickers,” to Louisiana but they’re looking for help.

Lum Farr, president of the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, tells The Ruston Leader (https://bit.ly/11yRH2G ) he was contacted by Cineflix, the company that produces the show, now in its fifth season on the History Channel.

“We would love to have them come to Union Parish, and we need the public’s help to make it happen,” Farr said.

Farr said casting producer Anthony Rodriguez emailed him recently about the program, saying he was looking for people with barns, warehouses or buildings full of odd, unique and interesting collections.

“We also love to explore the history of the locations tied to the items. But know Mike and Frank, of course, we are always looking for great characters,” the email said.

But Farr said the show is not looking for large collections of any particular items, such as doll collections. He said they’re looking for people who have a great variety of items they’ve collected over a period of time.

Wolfe and Fritz consider themselves “modern archaeologists” who sort through junkyards and warehouses for items that can be preserved for future generations to appreciate.

“Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person’s trash into another’s treasure,” the show’s website states. “If you think the antique business is all about upscale boutiques and buttoned-up dealers, this show may change your mind - and teach you a thing or two about American history along the way.”

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Information from: Ruston Daily Leader, https://www.rustonleader.com/


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