‘American Pickers’: Here’s What Dolly Parton Challenged Cast to Find for Dollywood

by Chris Haney

During a past episode of American Pickers, the crew had the enviable honor of working with and for country music legend Dolly Parton. The iconic singer asked the crew of the hit History Channel series to track down items for her popular theme park, Dollywood.

Since 2010, fans have flocked to American Pickers as Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and Danielle Colby-Cushman hunt for forgotten treasures across the nation. Recently, Fritz left the show, but Season 23 just premiered to bring in the new year. However, we’re taking a look back at a classic episode that dates back to 2014.

Season 11, Episode 11 featured one of the show’s most iconic guest appearances when Parton joined the series. Titled “Mad As a Picker,” the show captured Dolly herself requesting the help of the American Pickers cast. Her theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was in need of decorations for a new ride. As the queen of Nashville, she knew the team at Antique Archaeology in Music City would be the ones to call. Of course, Danielle and fellow picker Lauren Wray Grisham were happy to oblige.

The famous singer was looking for unique items for a new firefighter-themed roller coaster. The Fire Chaser Express is dedicated to the Smoky Mountains fire patrols who operated in the 1930s and 1940s. Dolly challenged Danielle and Lauren to find vintage petroliana and other firefighter items. She wanted items like a pole-mounted fire station sign, fire extinguishers, axes, and other unique pieces. Yet there was one catch; she needed them within two weeks.

The ‘American Pickers’ Crew Comes Through For Dolly

While the American Pickers are known for finding a wide-range of items, they typically don’t have to meet deadlines for customers. Yet when Dolly Parton contacts your company, you kick things into high gear, and that’s exactly what they did seven years ago at her request.

The crew has worked to meet the needs of other famous clients in the past as well. They’ve tracked down items for NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, legendary actor William Shatner, and rock icon Jack White. However, Dolly Parton is, well, Dolly Parton. So Danielle and Lauren had to step it up and knock this pick out of the park.

Of course, the girls came through and found some great items for the new roller coaster. They picked a vintage gas station sign and some gas pumps. Additionally, they hunted down the perfect pole-mounted sign, old fire extinguishers, and more to boot. Even better, after they delivered the items to Dollywood, the girls got to meet Parton in person.

Dolly thanked the two women for their efforts, and explained how important the theme park is to her. Growing up as one of 12 siblings, it was a big deal for her family when they went to the county fair. Therefore her own theme park became a dream come true for her friends and family.

“[Dollywood] is one of the things I’m proudest of in my whole career,” Parton said on American Pickers.