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‘Duck’ royalty came to town

Published 1:29pm Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A bit of north Louisiana came to Bainbridge Sunday night as Jase and Missy Robertson, of the A&E television show Duck Dynasty, spoke before a good crowd on the campus of Bainbridge State College. The Grace Christian Academy Foundation sponsored event was a fundraiser for their projects.

The show centers around the Robertson family and Duck Commander, their company that manufactures and sells duck calls and related merchandise. The show is among the highest rated shows currently on television.

“On behalf of the Foundation, we couldn’t be more pleased. We have been working on this event since last October, so it was almost a year in the making,” said Cile Warr, Director of Development for Grace Christian Academy.

Warr indicated that 1100 tickets were sold for the event.

“We had an amazing committee who did a fabulous job. But we couldn’t have pulled this off without the wonderful staff at Bainbridge State College, our corporate sponsors, and the many people who bought tickets,” Warr continued.

Before the event, sponsors had the opportunity to meet and take photos with the Robertsons after enjoying a buffet meal.

During the event, held at the Student Wellness Center on the campus of BSC, Jase Robertson explained how the show came to be and told stories about one of the most popular members of the show, Uncle Si.

“I came to tell you thank you for the support for our little show, Duck Dynasty,” said Jase. “When the TV people came, none of us thought it would work, except Willie (Jase’s brother and CEO of Duck Commander). He is a little smarter than you think.

“My dad didn’t think it would work because of the things that you see on normal TV, especially when it comes to reality TV — fits of rage, a lot of friction, lots of four-letter words. We looked around and said we are into faith, family, and ducks. No one wants to watch that,” Jase continued.

Jase said that Si Robertson is just how one would see him on the show.

“He makes life fun. I have been laughing at him all my life and there is not a malicious bone in his body. He served this great country in the military, and he loves the Lord,” Jase said in describing his Uncle Si.

The main message that Robertson wanted to convey to the audience was how faith in God and Jesus Christ was the top priority in his immediate and extended family.

Jase Robertson’s wife, Missy, and their daughter, Mia, entertained the crowd with a song and Jase closed his remarks. The Robertsons then had a question and answer session with pre-submitted questions from the audience.

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