The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 9, 2012

‘Pickers’ make surprise appearance in Fulton

By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer

FULTON, Ill. — Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe of the show “American Pickers” were filming in Fulton on Thursday morning, creating a buzz that caught the attention of a number of Fulton residents.

The pair were filming at Kustom Metal, 1200 Fourth St. Kustom Metal owner Ben Eshelman said he has been doing business with Wolfe for more than a year and is building a custom 1932 Ford Roadster for him. The car drop-off was being filmed Thursday morning, he said.    

“I was a little nervous at first, but the crew was nice,” Eshelman, who was filmed as part of the show, said. “I think it was a good experience. It was good hanging around the with guys.”

After residents spotted the van sporting the name of Fritz and Wolfe’s business, Antique Archaeology of LeClaire, in front of Kustom Metal, word began to spread.  

Jeremy Hurlburt lives down the street from the shop where the filming was going on and spotted the van Thursday morning. At first, he said, he didn’t think it was the actual Antique Archaeology van, but was convinced to investigate after a friend called him. “I never thought there would be a TV show filming in my neighborhood,” Hurlburt said after he had been waiting across the street from the shop for more than half an hour. “I’ll stand here and freeze.”

By 11 a.m. a small crowd of approximately a dozen people had gathered to try to catch a glimpse of the pair who were filming inside the shop.

Fritz and Wolfe eventually came outside where they talked to and took pictures with the people who were eagerly waiting.

“We watch the show every night,” Fulton resident Keith Huff said. “I consider them celebrities. It’s pretty cool seeing them film in town here.”

The show’s crew could not give details on when the episode would air.