'Duck Dynasty' stars coming to Danville for Kennekuk event
DANVILLE — Cellular One of East Central Illinois is bringing two stars of A&E's reality show "Duck Dynasty" to Danville to benefit the new $6 million Environmental Education Center at Kennekuk County Park.
Si Robertson and his nephew, Jase Robertson, will make two appearances at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville.
Shows are scheduled for 5 p.m. May 18 and 10:45 a.m. May 19.
Tickets are $30 apiece. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at the arena box office. They also can be purchased online at http://www.palmerarena.com or by phone at 877-77CLICK (877-772-5425).
The most-watched series on A&E, "Duck Dynasty" features a northern Louisiana family "living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while staying true to their family values and lifestyle." Since the show's premiere, the Robertsons have become America's favorite, big, bearded, camo-clad family.
Despite their modest lifestyle and homes in the backwoods, the close-knit family has made a fortune on duck calls by turning a backyard business into a multimillion dollar sporting empire.
At the event, Jase Robertson will share stories about faith, family and ducks and give duck call demonstrations. That will be followed by a question-and-answer session with him and his uncle.
Cellular One of East Central Illinois is sponsoring the event to bring people to Danville and help raise money for Kennekuk's Environment Education Center, which will house the Vermilion County Conservation District's outdoor school program, among other things, chief executive officer/general manager Cassy Carter said.
"Since the word has gotten out that we were working to make this event happen, we have been inundated with calls and inquiries and even added a second show to handle the anticipated demand for tickets," she said.
While a portion of the proceeds will go to cover the arena's expenses, Carter said, the majority will be donated to the conservation district's project.
"We're not looking to make any money," she said. "And the (arena) is also donating a lot of their time and fees so we can give as much money as we can to the education center."
The conservation district is "extremely excited" to be part of the event, Executive Director Ken Konsis added. He said the new education center is sorely needed.
Established in 1972, the outdoor school program introduces fourth- and fifth-grade students from Vermilion County and surrounding counties to the forest, wildlife, streams, ponds, prairies and habitats. It has graduated more than 65,000 students.
The building that currently houses the outdoor school program is old and has a leaky roof, added-on rooms and a converted garage serves as its headquarters.
Konsis said construction has started on the first of three building phases. He invited the public to Kennekuk County Park to view the progress.
A family-owned company, Cellular One of East Central Illinois is a wireless carrier for the residents of Vermilion, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland counties.
For more information about the show, contact Cellular One at 800-962-4046 or go to http://www.facebook.com/cellularoneIL.