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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 10:00 am

Brock Purdy already has a pretty good head start on the “What I did on my summer vacation” essay he will do when he starts seventh grade.

On his annual trip to West Monroe, La., right after school got out, he met up with a few of the stars of Duck Dynasty.

For those of you who don’t watch the A&E hit series, the reality show’s plotline revolves around the hairy Robertson clan and their successful duck call business called Duck Commander.

Nearly all of the men on the show sport long beards.

The Duck Commander production facility in West Monroe has become quite a tourist attraction and Purdy and his family have visited it twice during the past two summers.

To say Purdy, who is 12, is a big fan of the show is an understatement. He has quite a few Duck Dynasty T-shirts to go along with a few duck calls and an autographed Willie Robertson shirt.

Robertson is one 12 Robertson family members in the show.

Purdy’s dad, Keith, grew up in West Monroe and went to school with Willie Robertson. Dad showed Brock a picture of Willie from his yearbook and the youngster learned that the hairy Willie only sported a small goatee at school.

The 12-year-old has no plans to grow a large beard. Being a fan only goes so far.

The duck calls manufactured by the Robertson clan can run up to $145 each but the two Purdy has only cost $25 each.

The pride of Purdy’s collection is a poster his dad’s best friend gave him that has autographs from all of the stars of the show.

West Monroe is a bit bigger than Sandpoint and this year’s 10-day trip to see the grandparents and relatives was very hot.

Last year the Duck Commander plant had a little viewing area in the production facility. When Purdy and his family visited this year, there was a “ginormous” gift shop — surely a sign of the show’s popularity.

Last year Brock met Justin Martin and John Godwin, probably the only two male characters in the show without the Robertson name. They are both employees at the Duck Commander facility and are in nearly every episode

This year Brock met Willie and said he was impressed to meet the man who took the company from a small endeavor to a multimillion dollar success story.

“The show has kind of made this town famous,” Purdy said. He also reminded me that the new series starts on Aug. 14.

A fan … and a promoter.

•••

From the Bonner County Dispatch log: Animal problem on 7/12/13. Two officers responded after a caller reported at 4:35 p.m. that cows were grazing in his yard.

Office wit: Maybe they were cited for a moooving violation?

Or worse (?), residents were ordered to steer clear or the scene might turn into a udder disaster. No bull!

 I challenged the Daily Bee Facebook nation to come up with a better pun than our Office Wit.

Here is what they came up with:

• Tracie Roos: I know I can do “butter”! I’ll “cream “ ya. The “Holstein “ sounds suspicious to me:)

• Claudia Hon: this is udderly ridiculous …

• Debbie Hochhalter: I think I’ll steer clear of that place!

• Linda Tarr Hult:  Holy cow!!

• Michael Bauer: Arrrggghhh!

• Clark Hoyt Like: Don’t have a cow man!

    

Not to kowtow to anyone but I think the OW won this round.

David Keyes is publisher of the Daily Bee.

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