Duck Dynasty stars to visit Tyler

Published on Thursday, 27 June 2013 21:03 - Written by BY EMILY GUEVARA eguevara@tylerpaper.com

“Duck Dynasty” is coming to Tyler. Members of A&E’s most-watched series will visit East Texas as part of a fundraiser for East Texas Christian Academy.

Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and his mother, Kay Robertson, are scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at The Oil Palace, according to a school news release. The event will serve as a kickoff for the school’s 35th year.

“Duck Dynasty” is a reality television show that chronicles the life and times of the Robertsons, a Louisiana bayou family that has made a fortune on a duck calling business, which has become a multi-million dollar empire, according to a website about the show.

“We are very excited to bring this event to Tyler,” ETCA President Wayne Boshears said. “The stars of ‘Duck Dynasty’ are deeply rooted in faith and family, and ETCA shares this same foundation. Together, we plan to provide an inspiring event for East Texas families.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the school including the Building for the Future fund.

In 2010, the school moved to a Roy Road campus after 30 years of leasing space at the Shiloh Road Church of Christ. Enrollment has continued to grow since then, from the 199 students it had at the time to the 330 it had at the end of this school year.

The Oil Palace has a capacity greater than 6,900, according to its website and Lisa Buchanan, the school’s director of public relations and marketing, said they expect between 5,000 and 6,000 people to attend the event.

Tickets cost $30, $40 and $50, and will be available Aug. 1 online atwww.oilpalace.com , by phone at 903-566-2122 or at The Oil Palace, located at 10408 State Highway 64 East. Event sponsorships are available.

For more information, contact the ETCA Office at 903-561-8642 or visitwww.etca.org .