By Brad Dison
Pool Hall Picking – “In Louisiana, a seasoned collector and his grandson open the doors to a pool hall-turned-catch-all where Mike uncovers an ultra-rare pinball machine.” That is the tagline for the upcoming episode of American Pickers.
The one hour episode airs this Saturday, July 30th at 8:00 p.m. on the History Channel.
On Saturday, February 12, 2022, the cast and crew of the wildly popular reality TV show American Pickers on the History Channel filmed at the Hilltop Quickstop convenience store and gas station in Bienville, Louisiana. The show follows the team headed by brothers Mike and Robbie Wolfe as they scour the country looking for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories.
On Saturday, Mike from American Pickers looked for hidden gems that belonged to Bienville’s Mayor Wesley Boddie, his daughter, Heather Boddie, and grandson Austin Pike.
Mr. Boddie said “They were very nice. Mike was just as nice as he could be. Everybody on the crew was. I think they had 12 people there. It is truly an involved process. They [began filming early in the day and] filmed until 8:30 or 9:00 pm. We had a good time. He [Mike] had to do some digging because he found some stuff I hadn’t seen in the 25 years since I put it there. Mike was very interested in my stuff. He spent some money, I promise you. All of that will come out on TV.”
Mr. Boddie explained that in addition to tangible items, Mike and the crew were also interested in the legacy of the store. Mr. Boddie said, “My daddy had a store, I had a store then it burned, and now Austin, third generation, is going to have a store in the same community.”
Austin said he enjoyed his experience with American Pickers. “I thought it was a very neat experience,” Austin said, “to see a production crew right here in our back yard. I enjoyed visiting and working with Mike.”
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