As the sad news of Shain Gandee, his uncle and an unidentified friend dying in an off-road “four wheeling” accident continue to roll in details of Shain’s final day begin to emerge. Gandee Candy, made by Shain’s family for generations became nationally known during the filming of MTV’s Buckwild. Shain used to say, “They call me Gandee Candy ’cause it’s trick or treat all year round!” MTV encouraged the Gandees to open up a store to market the popular local candy. The family held the grand opening of the store March 30, 2013 and Shain was the main attraction.
According to an article by Kaylin Searles at The Parthenon:
“Gandee’s General Store celebrated its grand opening Saturday with a guest appearance by Shain Gandee from MTV’s hit show “BUCKWILD.” The store offered free hot dogs to the first 300 customers. “Big Buck Country” 101.5, was also there to celebrate the opening.
Located in Crown City, Ohio, the family-run store was crowded with “BUCKWILD” viewers. Fans from Cincinnati, Pennsylvania and just down the road came to check out the store and meet Gandee.
Tiffany Lambert, a “BUCKWILD” fan, made the trip from Cincinnati to meet her favorite character on the show. “I can’t wait to meet him, he is by far my favorite character on the show,” Lambert said. “He’s really funny.” After a long drive, Lambert and her mother showed up eager and an hour early. “I love the show because it reminds me of my friends in Cincinnati and back home,” Lambert said. “We drove three hours to get here, it’s a once in a lifetime chance.” Shalena Callahan, Gandee’s older sister, is a third generation owner of Gandee Candy and was there to help the family out and sell the now famous candy.”
When asked about the current filming of MTV’s Buckwild Season 2, Shane told the reporter, “There’ll be more mudding. (aka four-wheeling) Hopefully I’ll only go through one truck. It‘s hard to tell though; maybe like four or five.” Tragically, Shane and two others died while “muddin'” in the early hours of Sunday morning their bodies were found today.