Phil Robertson will do his best to make everyone “Happy, happy, happy,” when the “Duck Dynasty” star makes an appearance tonight at McMinnville Civic Center.
Robertson is serving as the guest speaker for Boyd Christian School’s annual banquet. Bleacher seats are still available today at the Civic Center. The school stopped selling tickets yesterday.
“All of our tables have sold out,” said Boyd principal Weldon Parkinson, who said 63 tables have sold with 10 seats per table. An additional 615 bleacher seats had been sold as of yesterday.
“The response has really been fantastic,” said Parkinson. “This has been a financial blessing for our school to be able to get someone as hot as Phil Robertson is right now.”
Bleacher seats are available for $25, $50 and $75, depending on their proximity to the podium. Doors open at 5 p.m. for people who have purchased a table, with a buffet-style meal to be served. A meet and greet session with Robertson will begin at 6:30 p.m. for the people who purchased a $2,000 table.
People with bleacher seats can begin arriving at 6:45 p.m. Robertson is scheduled to begin talking at 7:30 p.m.
“Duck Dynasty” began its third season on the A&E Network on Wednesday night. The show is known for its special brand of Southern know-how as Robertson and his family members navigate a new set of challenges each episode.
Robertson’s love of the outdoors led him to create the Duck Commander Duck Call in 1973, which has become one of the most popular duck whistles on the market. Duck hunting is so important to Phil that he follows a strict routine of no showering, no shaving, and no clothes washing of any kind during the 10-week season to ensure a bountiful haul.
A homegrown mom-and-pop operation, Duck Commander has become million-dollar empire. The rags-to-riches story and country charm of Phil and his wife, Miss Kay, are two of the reasons behind the success of the “Duck Dynasty” TV show. Miss Kay is also scheduled to be in attendance tonight at the Civic Center, although Phil is listed as the speaker.
Despite his long beard and current appearance, Phil was a sports star in college. According to his biography on the A&E website, he played first-string quarterback ahead of football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech in the 1960s.
They were both drafted into the NFL, but Phil turned down the chance to play pro football because it interfered with duck season. Instead he stayed in Louisiana, married his high school sweetheart, Miss Kay, built a house by the river and together they raised four sons.
“I remember Phil as the guy who turned down a football career in order to duck hunt,” said Parkinson. “Everyone knows him for ‘Duck Dynasty’ and that’s the show business side of it. But before the TV show, he was able to build a multi-million dollar business and there’s something to be said for that.”
Robertson has been the most popular speaker in terms of ticket sales at Boyd’s annual banquet. Over the years, the long list of celebrities has included Peyton Manning, Eddie George, and Pat Summitt.