'American Pickers' star plans to visit Paxton antique shop

PAXTON — As if winning a chance to go “picking” with  one of the stars of cable television’s hit series “American Pickers” wasn’t enough, Robin McNish recently received word that Frank Fritz plans to come to Paxton to visit her antique shop in September.

McNish received an email on July 10 from Steve Goers, a representative of Workshop Hero, the maker of the Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath and Dry Coat rust preventative for which Fritz is a celebrity spokesman. The email said Fritz would like to visit McNish’s antique shop sometime during the week of Sept. 22-29, when Fritz has a week free from other responsibilities.

“I read the email three times,” McNish said Thursday. “Of course I told him, ‘Yes!’”

Goers told McNish she could promote Fritz’s visit and invite some people to meet him.

Sometime during that same week in late September, McNish also plans to go “picking” for antiques with Fritz over a three-day period. McNish was notified the day before Thanksgiving last year that she had won the “Pick with Frank Fritz” contest sponsored by Workshop Hero.

With Fritz now planning to come to Paxton, McNish is not sure if the original plan for her to fly or drive to the Savanna, Ill., area to go antique hunting with Fritz has changed. She wonders if Fritz’s visit means she now will be “picking” closer to home.

She will be prepared either way.

“Before I got this email I was told that I would have to either fly to Savanna, Ill., or drive,” she said. “If it’s 200 miles or more, they said they would provide my transportation. If it’s under 200, I would have to get there and they would give me gas money.

“Well, it’s actually 220 miles, but I want to drive my truck and trailer, because if I’m going picking, I’m going picking.”

Fritz and his “American Pickers” co-star, Mike Wolfe, already know about the antique treasures in Ford County. Gibson City resident Ray “Beetle” Leisure was featured on their popular History Channel show last summer.

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