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TV segment shot at Heritage Farm airs Monday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The popular History Channel show "American Pickers" will air a segment at 9 p.m. Monday filmed at the Heritage Farm Museum and Village in Huntington.

Mike Perry, founder of the museum, said the cast and crew of the show came to Huntington in September.

The series features antique "pickers" Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz traveling across America, buying hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, and, according to the show's website, "meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories. 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."

"They were here all day," Perry said. "I don't know how they will cut it down into a five-minute segment, but I'm anxious to see how they do it." Perry couldn't say which items were purchased during the filming, but a hint was found on the show's website. They call the episode "Pickin' Perry-dise" and describe the segment:

"Looking for roadside relics in West Virginia, the guys pick an Appalachian village museum where Mike Wolfe ups the ante to score a rare retro motor. The museum's octogenarian owners -- the Perrys -- have never sold anything before, and after sealing the deal on an odd electric peacock, Wolfe makes his move."

Perry said it was really interesting having the crew at his museum. "Frank and Mike are just like they appear on TV," he said. "I thought they might have a TV persona and be different when they weren't filming, but they are just real nice people."

The History Channel is found on channel 44 on Suddenlink cable.

Heritage Farm Museum & Village, 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington, WV 25704. Guided tours of five museums (Progress, Transportation, Country Store, Industry, Americana) take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday (weather permitting in December, January, February); two-hour tour, adults, $8; senior citizens, $7; children ages 3 to 12, $6; last tour begins at 2 p.m.; petting zoo/nature walk, available Saturdays only May through September or by advance reservation, $5 per person. Contact 304-522-1244 or hfmv@comcast.net, or visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.

Reach Sara Busse at sara.busse@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.


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