Commonwealth Journal

September 17, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ event at SWHS is scrapped

by Chris Harris
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Sorry, “Duck Dynasty” fans. You’ll have to stick to watching the cast on TV.

God’s Food Pantry announced Tuesday that the event scheduled for Saturday, October 5 featuring members of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” has been canceled.

According to Jack Keeney, executive director of God’s Food Pantry, sluggish sales contributed to the decision to terminate the engagement.

“We regret having to cancel this event but we are less than three weeks out and we have sold less than 100 tickets,” said Keeney in a statement released to the media.

Keeney said that anyone who purchased tickets to the event should contact the Center for Rural Development or God’ s Food Pantry for a complete refund.

Keeney also said that they be refunding all corporate sponsorships.

A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” focuses on the Robertson clan, who build a business empire producing products to assist duck hunters, including the Duck Commander call. The A&E cable show has become a ratings — and merchandising hit — thanks in large part to the distinctive look of patriarch Phil Robertson and others in his family (long beards and all), their Christian faith, and quirky relatability for much of the audience.

Cast members Jules “Jep” Robertson and wife Jessica, as well as Robertson family members Cole Robertson and John Luke Robertson were expected to appear in the Somerset event and share their stories and personal testimonies about the show.

The event, which would have been held at Southwestern High School’s gym, charged $30 for upper-level seating, $40 for lower-level, and $100 for a “meet & greet” pass, with a photo opportunity with the stars.

All proceeds were going to benefit God’s Food Pantry, to raise money for the meals the non-profit organization provides for local families in need, particularly around the holiday season.