Rupp Arena has played host to numerous college basketball and pop music dynasties over the decades.
But Sept. 29, it will be taken over by the singular power of the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty. Frankfort Christian Academy is hosting a discussion titled Faith, Family and Ducks with six members of the Robertson clan at 3 p.m. Sept. 29. Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 9, and range from $42 to $225.
In less than two years, the A&E show has become a ratings behemoth, even besting American Idol in April with the final episode of its third season. Its fourth season starts Aug. 14. The show concentrates on the antics and impressive beards of the West Monroe, La., family that amassed a fortune through sales of its duck calls, particularly the Duck Commander, which is also the name of the company. The show has also become popular in Christian pop culture circles as the family is very open about its faith. Family patriarch and matriarch Phil and Kay Robertson, and their second son Jase and daughter-in-law Missy Robertson hosted national Christian radio station K-LOVE’s fan-voted award show in June at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
The Rupp Arena appearance will feature Kay; third son Willie and his wife Korie with their son, John Luke, and daughter, Sadie; and Alan Robertson, the oldest of Phil and Kay’s sons who joins the series in season four and has the distinction of not having a beard.
If you just can’t wait that long, members of the family — Kay, Willie, Korie, and Willie’s uncle Si — and will also be appearing at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville at 3 p.m. Aug. 25. Tickets are $38 to $48.