FORT SCOTT, Kan. -- For the past couple of years, Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene Pastor Scott Moore and Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, also of Fort Scott, had been trying to figure out a way to bring part of the popular reality show "Duck Dynasty" to town.
Their plans have come together and now Jase Robertson will be appearing at Memorial Hall, 1 E. Third St., Dec. 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Robertson's talk starting at 7 p.m. Seating is first come, first served.
The free event is co-hosted by Adam and Jennifer LaRoche and Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene. Moore said Robertson will be filming for "Duck Commander" somewhere south of town.
"Jase is scheduled to be here to share his philosophy of life with us," Moore said. "I think his philosophy is God, family and ducks."
Moore concedes Robertson is not your typical preacher type, but "he has a deep faith in Jesus Christ" and faith is the anchor in everything he does. "From what I hear, he's pretty straight-forward (in his presentation)," Moore said, usually telling people what works for him and how it can work for others.
Even before "Duck Dynasty" began its run on A&E, Moore and LaRoche were looking at ways to get one of the Robertson family to Fort Scott to speak. "His dad Phil and Jase preach during the off-season," Moore said.
It all came together about two weeks ago and they expect a full house. It's requested that people be courteous and not save rows of seats.
"Memorial Hall holds 1,300. We expect that many," Moore said, adding the presentation was made general admission because there was no time to create tickets. "We're in the process of making a way for people who can't get in to watch on the Internet live. When we get it worked out, we'll invite people to our sanctuary to watch it on the big screen. We don't have that in concrete, but we're working on that."
Since word of Robertson's appearance got out, Moore said it's taken on a life of its own. At first, organizers were worried about promoting it and thought about buying advertising in Pittsburg, but it wasn't needed because "word spread so fast.
"I think there's a real fan base for the show here and we're just blessed to be able to have them come and share with us," Moore said. He expressed thanks to LaRoche and noted his service to Fort Scottians by bringing them events they wouldn't normally have a chance to see, such as the recent Jason Aldean/Luke Bryan concert.
"I'm excited about it," Moore said. "I think it's going to be a fun night. It's something for everyone that will be there. I think everyone will enjoy it."
Having grown up in Huntsville, Texas, in the eastern part of that state, Moore said he can relate to the "Duck Dynasty" episodes. "I've watched the show and it's a lot of fun to watch. What I like about it is they stay pretty true to who they are. They don't manufacture a lot of drama... I think there are some things exaggerated, but really not much," Moore said.
He added he likes that at the end of each show there is a monologue where a cast member shares a spiritual principle. Moore describes the show as "wholesome.
"It's really funny; genuinely funny, not ridiculously so. I think they realize that at the end of the day, they have to look at each other, so it keeps good perspective," Moore said.