Goldsboro has hit the big time as the featured city of an upcoming History channel television show.
Filming attractions in Goldsboro and Wayne County will begin in several weeks for a History channel television show called “It’s How You Get There” that will air during the program’s upcoming third season.
Ashlin Glatthar, Goldsboro-Wayne County Travel and Tourism director, said financing to get the show here was confirmed Friday.
“It’s definitely going to happen,” Glatthar said.
If the producers of the show get the permits by this week, the film crew could be here in four to six weeks, she said.
“It’s How You Get There” is a show that explores unique destinations throughout the country using various modes of transportation, such as trucks, cars, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, Jet Skis and air travel vehicles.
The producers of the show contacted Glatthar in May, saying they had not yet explored eastern North Carolina and since Goldsboro is in the middle of the region from Raleigh to the coast, they decided to film here, Glatthar said.
It will cost $40,000 in production fees for travel and expenses for the film crew, Glatthar said.
Glatthar, who had never heard about production fees for television shows, said she called the North Carolina Film Office to ask if was standard procedure. She was told it is becoming a trend to help offset costs for film companies, she said.
On June 3, Glatthar went before Goldsboro City Council to ask for funding to bring the film crews here but was denied. But on Friday, the Wayne County Tourism Development Authority agreed to put up half the funds and the Goldsboro-Wayne County Travel and Tourism board agreed to put up the other $20,000, she said.
Glatthar said during an interview in mid-May with the producers of the show, she discussed some possible locations for filming that included Busco Beach and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, where public tours are conducted and there is a popular air show every other year.
“They also loved the fact that downtown Goldsboro is on a revitalization streak,” she said. “They asked if we had any food scenes here. I told them, ‘Yes, you cannot come to Goldsboro without eating barbecue. It will also be good timing with the season.”
Although travel and tourism is in the early stages of working out the contract with the History channel, Glatthar said filming of the show should begin in the summer
“Summer will be the best time with Center Street Jams going on,” she said. “It will be a lively time, beautiful and green. Of course, it will be hot. But it will be very colorful.”
Glatthar said featuring Goldsboro on the History channel will benefit the area. The role of her department is to promote the county and city to nonlocals and visitors and as more people become aware of what the area has to offer, the benefits trickle into the local population, she said.
“We’re interesting enough for the History channel to call us,” Glatthar said. “We should be proud of that. I’m really excited. It’s kind of surreal.
“I think it is a great opportunity for Goldsboro to see itself as a destination. I don’t think we look at ourselves like that lot.”
Featuring Goldsboro may help remind people from the military to citizens that Goldsboro is a great place to be, Glatthar said.
“We’re just beginning to take off,” she said. “When the History channel calls, you know you’re on the right track.”