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'Duck Dynasty' cast member appearance a happening in Fort Scott; Memorial Hall filled

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Memorial Hall was filled to capacity with fans of the reality show "Duck Dynasty" Sunday night.

Some showed up as early as 9:34 a.m. to ensure they got a seat. Doors opened for the appearance of Jase Robertson, also of Duck Commander fame, at 6:30 p.m.

Kristi Carruthers, her husband, Brice, and 4-year-old son, Trey, were among dozens of people who braved temperatures in the 20s for a chance to hear Robertson's message of faith, family, facial hair and feathered fowl.

Carruthers and her family traveled 45 minutes to Fort Scott from Lamar, Mo., for the occasion.

"He (Brice) watches the show. I watch it a little bit with him," she said.

Sarah Cotter arrived at 6:30 p.m. "I went to school with Adam LaRoche and I played volleyball with his wife," she said.

After the presentation, Gary Cullor said he thought it was "terrific.

"It's extremely thoughtful of Adam and Jennifer to bring him to Fort Scott. And although we had an overflowing crowd, it's a message more people need to hear," Cullor said.

Hosted by Adam and Jennifer LaRoche and Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene, those who were unable to get into the venue were given the option of watching it streamed live on the Internet on the big screen at the church. Coffee and doughnuts were also provided.

Gretchen Goodyear, church office manager, said 168-170 traveled to the church for the simulcast. Robertson came over to the church after his presentation at Memorial Hall, greeted people and signed autographs. "Jase was so gracious to come over here as well and meet people and sign autographs. He was really a gracious guy," Goodyear said.

The church has received many positive comments in emails and Facebook comments since the event, she said.

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