By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
FULTON – Willie and Korie Robertson, stars of the popular A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty,” spoke on “Faith, Family and Football” during a special fundraising presentation Sunday at the Itawamba County College’s Davis Event Center in Fulton.
Ducks were also mentioned quite a bit.
For those who have never seen it, “Duck Dynasty” is one of the most popular shows currently on television. It centers around the lives and antics of the Louisiana-based Robertson family and their business, Duck Commander – a multimillion-dollar hunter-supply company. Willie Robertson is the company’s CEO; Korie is his wife.
Most of the presentation focused on the Robertsons’ religious upbringing and how it continues to influence their lives. Willie Robertson, who was the sole presenter for most of the event, said his company and the show were built around “positive family values” and a strong Christian backbone.
“Without (our faith), there would be no TV show … none of this,” Willie Robertson said, drawing applause from the crowd. “(Our company) was built on family, faith and ducks. We like to keep things in that order.”
He also told stories about growing up poor and how it shaped his family’s work ethic. Even from a young age, Robertson claimed to be able to find inventive ways to make money.
As an example, he cited his fifth grade year, when he transformed a large box of Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum he had been given as a present into the kind of profit most kids his age only dreamed about.
“The school’s concession stand didn’t sell gum, but I did,” he said. Grinning beneath his beard, he added, “Business was great.”
Later in the presentation, Willie brought his wife and children to the stage for a question and answer session with the audience.
After the performance, the Robertsons signed books and photographs.
All proceeds from the event will benefit April’s Angels, an Itawamba Attendance Center-based nonprofit group dedicated to helping children with physical and mental disabilities. The group is currently raising money to build a handicap-accessible playground at Fulton’s elementary school.