If you watch the History Channel on TV at all, you’ve probably seen promos for American Pickers with Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. If you’ve actually seen the show, you’ve followed these two “pickers” as they scour the back roads of America, looking for long-forgotten treasures in barns, garages and sheds.
It’s become a very popular program, and proof of that came last Saturday when the pair showed up at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. There to greet them were more than 2,500 fans, lining up all day for the opportunity to shake hands with Wolfe and Fritz and have them autograph a photo.
It turns out that Wolfe And Fritz have a history with the museum. A few years back, when the motorcycle museum was first established in Anamosa, John Parham, president of the museum’s board of directors, asked the pair to scout out vintage motorcycles to be included in the museum’s display. This was long before these two pickers were TV stars and people shrieked when they pose for photos with them.
Parham, founder of J&P Cycles, said Saturday’s event was an opportunity to bring people to the museum that wouldn’t otherwise stop by. But once they got through the door and got an up-close and personal look at the 300-plus vintage bikes on display, many said they were impressed and would be back.
And, of course, Wolfe and Fritz kept the crowd entertained for hours, carrying on a banter that made them popular on their popular reality show. We’d like to thank all who attended and made this a memorable event. And thanks again to Mike and Frank, whom we hope are still looking out for good stuff for the museum in their TV travels.