VILONIA — Vilonia Mayor James Firestone announced the winners of the Duck Dynasty Look-A-Like contest Saturday night. The proceeds of the event went to the Museum of Veterans and Military History in Vilonia.
The Vilonia event, including fried catfish, beards and hunting Camo, was sponsored by the Museum of Veterans and Military History in Vilonia. About 200 were in attendance at the Senior Citizens Center for the contest and family supper.
The first-place winner was Jeremy Crowder (Willie). The second and third place winners were Melvin R. Skaggs (Si) and Colton Robbins (Jase).
Duck Dynasty, a reality television series on A&E, follows the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy making duck calls in their family-operated business, Duck Commander in West Monroe, La. The Robertson men, brothers Phil and Si, and Phil’s sons Jase, Willie and Jep, are known for their long, flowing beards.
Vilonia Mayor James Firestone, dressed as the Robertson family’s neighbor, Mountain Man, emceed the event using the television star’s “unique way of talking” as co-host of a Monroe radio talk show on KXKZ.
“Welcome,” Firestone said.
Throughout the contest he cracked jokes and kept the unique theme going.
Firestone and a panel of seven judges, also dressed as the Robertson family, marched out to the show’s theme song “Well Dressed Men.”
Following a parade of beards, the 12 contestants vied for the title of the winner of the Look-A-Like contest, as well as a take-home purse of $300 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for the third place winner.
Cameras flashed, and the audience cheered for every contestant throughout the night.
Other contestants included Mike Prince (Phil), Joe Brown (Si), Ralph Hunter (Si), Jeromy W. Crowder (Willie), Melvin R. Skaggs (Si) Jason Tooke (Willie), Jon David Gwatney (Jep), Errick Maulden (Si), Richard Sudduth (Si), Abby Jackson (Jase), Billy Joe Ratliff (Jase) and Colton Robbins (Jase). They ranged in ages, with the youngest being 12 and the oldest being 70.
Vilonia High School senior Sarah Bradford also sang at the event, providing alternate entertainment. Twelve-year-old banjo picker Drake Toll also performed.