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North gym gets Louisiana duck pond makeover for ‘Dynasty’ event

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From left: Si Robertson, Korie Robertson, Willie Robertson, Al Robertson.
From left: Si Robertson, Korie Robertson, Willie Robertson, Al Robertson.

A fourth member of the “Duck Dynasty” TV reality show cast has been added to their Aug. 23 event at the Columbus North High School gym.

And, local Blank Slate Productions has hired a Nashville, Tennessee, firm to build a makeshift duck pond at the facility for “An Evening With Duck Dynasty.”

“If people think the Robertsons are going to just walk out into the gym and start talking, their minds will be blown,” said David Gregory, one of the Blank Slate owners. “It will be quite stunning.”

The event, which already has sold more than 4,000 tickets, will feature Si Robertson, Willie Robertson, Willie’s wife Korie Robertson, and Willie’s brother Al Robertson, added after Blank Slate announced the event.

They will speak about the show, airing at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on the A&E Network. The program is built around their thriving Duck Commander duck call business headed by Willie Robertson in Louisiana bayou country. They also will speak about their family, business and faith for about 45 minutes in all, followed by a question-and-answer session from queries submitted through Blank Slate, Facebook and Twitter.

Gregory and Blank Slate team members like the fact that the Robertsons regularly mention everything from forgiveness to Scripture on the top-rated show. But Gregory said the local appearance will be much like the program — varied and far-ranging.

Gregory and his staff recently have fielded calls from prospective ticket buyers who thought the Robertsons would speak merely by video link or through a simulcast. But he and other staffers are assuring people that the Robertsons will be in person.

“All this is very overwhelming and humbling,” said Gregory, former owner of Columbus’ Mancino Pizza and Grinders.

Dawn Wormer, Blank Slate’s media relations director, said she expects the event to sell out, which would mean 7,000 seats.

“The demand has been insane,” Wormer said.

Among the first set of ticket buyers was a relative of Columbus’ Wanda Decker, a fan of the show since it began in May 2012, according to A&E. The new season, the show’s sixth, begins June 11.

The relative bought tickets for Decker and others.

“They all seem so down-to-earth,” said Decker, who used to wear one of her 15 Duck Dynasty T-shirts every day. “They have faith, but it’s not at all a churchy show.”

Decker said she likes the fact that the show is clean enough that she can watch it with her grandchildren, who also enjoy it.

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