-- — The tiny historic village of Metamora could soon be nationally famous.
Recently, Cincinnati-based video production company DSC Creative visited Metamora to plan the production of the pilot episode of “Metamora VFD.” The reality-based show casts members of the Metamora Volunteer Fire Department and various residents and businesses.
It wasn’t that long ago that the fire department was struggling with many issues, including staffing and recruitment. VFD volunteer and department treasurer Steve Collier said, “Of course, money is always an issue, but it’s not necessarily the main issue. We need community support, volunteers and just a general morale boost.”
In fact, the existence of the department itself was in question. “Now, with new volunteers and the prospect of a show that could result in national distribution, the department and the community have become excited with the possibilities.
Collier, who also owns a local coffee shop and café with his wife, says, “The department needed a way to get closer to the community and this could really change a lot of things for the better.”
Metamora resident and business owner, Connie Ragle reports, “I think it’s cool. It’s a lot of fun and could be a really great thing for everyone here. Her family owns Grannie’s Cookie Jars and Ice Cream Parlor, which is currently going through the process of Guinness Book of World Records certification for the world’s largest collection of cookie jars.
Located in the heart of scenic Franklin County, Metamora was once a regional tourist destination. In recent years, the village has struggled, but the community remains hopeful for the future.
Metamora features attractions like the Whitewater Canal and a fully-operational grist mill. Many shops continue to operate, offering a wide array of crafts and souvenirs. There are also several operating bed-and-breakfasts that cater to overnight guests.
The pilot episode is currently in preproduction, and shooting dates will be announced in the next few days, according to a DSC Creative news release.
Once that episode is completed, the show will be marketed in Los Angeles and New York City to broadcast networks and distribution channels for licensing.
The show’s producer, Dave Lay, said, “What makes a reality show successful is the characters. The shows with compelling characters and intriguing stories have the best chance of success.” He has previously worked on the production for the PBS series “American Woodshop.”