By JB Clark
TUPELO – Thousands of outdoors enthusiasts and “Duck Dynasty” fans visited the Tupelo Furniture Market for the Tupelo Sportsman’s Bonanza on Saturday.
Triton Lee, 6, of the Alpine community, waited next to the stage Saturday afternoon to catch a glimpse of one of the stars of his favorite show, though Godwin isn’t his favorite star.
“I like Si,” he said. “He’s my favorite, when he put their uniforms on the ground and wiped his feet on them, I liked that.”
Triton said he hoped to get an autograph or at least meet Godwin.
Godwin took the stage at 3 p.m. to a crowd that had been seated for the better part of an hour and talked about how neat it is to be a part of something as big as “Duck Dynasty.”
The reality TV show that follows the employees and founding family of Duck Commander set a reality TV record with its season opener in August, netting 11.8 million viewers.
Godwin spoke about his first experience with duck calls.
“I didn’t duck hunt, we hunted deer, squirrels and dove, but the government bought some of our hunting lease so we didn’t have anywhere to hunt,” he said. “A guy moved to my neighborhood who liked to duck hunt and I went with him. It was so cool because he would call the ducks in and you could tank and cook in the blind.”
Godwin said playing trumpet helped with his breath control and he quickly took to duck calling.
“I went to a show like this with my dad and he told me to go warm up,” he remembered. “I asked why and he said because he entered me in the duck call contest.”
After the surprise wore off, Godwin began warming up and his father asked why he wasn’t using his new Duck Commander call.
“I told him those calls sound like crap,” he said. “That’s when the man in front of me turned around and said, ‘Hi, I’m Phil Robertson and I make Duck Commander calls.’ Now, how many of you can insult your boss and still have a job?”
He finished with a tutorial on how he and his friends use their duck calls.
Furniture Market President Kevin Seddon said they always have a large turnout for the annual Sportsman’s Bonanza but he suspects having Godwin as a speaker helped bolster Saturday’s attendance.