July 1, 2008

Roloff Family’s Vacation Cruise Makes Stop in Paducah: TLC’s ?Little People Big World’ Family Will Speak in Metropolis on Sunday

By Adam Shull, The Paducah Sun, Ky.

Jul. 1--Amy Roloff's most memorable moment from her first visit to Paducah might not have anything to do with the town itself.

What struck her Monday was the ride to the river town on the American Queen riverboat.

"I got the craziest question on the boat," said Roloff, mother of the Roloff family featured on The Learning Channel's reality television show "Little People Big World."

"A person kept asking, 'Where is your family? Not your TV family, your real family,'" she said.

"I was like, 'This is my family,'" she said, laughing.

Roloff traveled along the Ohio River with her four children and a film crew in tow on a family vacation with its first stop in Paducah.

She met with the media before the family got back on the boat to head toward its final stop at St. Louis later this week.

Roloff said questions from fans come with the territory when you star on a television show that follows your family, a mix of average-size and little people on a pumpkin farm in Oregon.

And she said she welcomes more questions this weekend.

Roloff and her four children will speak and field audience questions at Harrah's Riverfront Event Center on Sunday in Metropolis, Ill.

She and son Zach are little people while her other children, Molly, Jeremy and Jacob, are average size.

"People feel like they have gotten to know my story through the show and they in turn share their stories with me," Roloff said about her speaking engagements.

"It's humbling to me and very encouraging meeting people who've lived with the same things I have."

WGKY's Shane Parker, a.k.a. Bear on the Air, will host the Sunday show. He isn't a "Little People Big World" rookie. Family patriarch Matt Roloff, Zach and Molly visited Paducah last August to kick off the River's Edge Film Festival. Parker smoked barbecue and fried Oreos for the Roloffs and appeared on the ensuing episode.

"The show (Sunday) will be lots of fun," Parker said. "We'll have Amy come out and talk about growing up as a little person, and then the kids will come out one by one," he said. "Then there'll be a 25-minute question-and-answer session."

The trip to Metropolis will be another first for Amy.

"I've never been there, but I Googled it," she said. "It's not as big as I thought it was ... but I do know it's the home of Superman."

Adam Shull can be contacted at 575-8653.

Want to go?

What: Members of the Roloffs from "Little People Big World" speak.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Harrah's Metropolis.

Cost: $20.



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