Cecilia Days features 'Duck Dynasty' homage

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Almost Talent Show caps community celebration

By Amber Coulter

Phil, Si, Willie and several other members of the Robertson clan are booked for this year’s Cecilia Days. Sort of.

The annual festival’s Almost Talent Show’s theme this year is based on the popular A&E reality television show “Duck Dynasty.” The show follows members of a family who found success in establishing a business making products for duck hunters.

Cecilia resident Terry Wimp began growing a full beard to try something different. He ran into state Sen. Dennis Parrett, also of Cecilia, who asked Wimp if he could keep the beard growing until August.

Wimp agreed and found himself cast as Si in a series of skits for the Almost Talent Show in which he and others are scheduled to portray the Robertson family.

Scenes planned include “Cooking with Miss Kay,” in which a woman playing the family’s matriarch dishes up some “squirrel brains” to area soldiers.

Between scenes, games and activities are planned. One requires participants to each have a tissue box full of ping-pong balls attached upside down to their rear ends. The first person to shake all of the balls out of the box wins.

Wimp is accustomed to being drafted into helping with Cecilia Days events because his cousin is president of the hosting Cecilia Community Ruritan Club.

He enjoys catching episodes of “Duck Dynasty,” which he said doesn’t include swearing or adult content that characterizes many shows that cause them to be continuously censored by shrill beeps.

“You don’t have to listen to a thunderstorm while you watch it,” he said.

Events kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a cornhole tournament, a baby contest at 6 p.m. and pageants for various age groups at 7:30 p.m.

The festival continues Saturday with a breakfast at Cecilia Baptist Church at 7 a.m., a parade at 10 a.m., car show judging at 1 p.m., the Almost Talent Show at 6 p.m. and various other activities.

David Yates, president of the Cecilia Community Ruritan Club, said this year’s plans also call for honoring the local resident who helped found Cecilia Days 44 years ago, Denver Woodring.

He is slated to serve as the parade’s grand marshal.

Yates said the festival is an opportunity for people to get together, visit with people they haven’t seen in a while and take pride in their community.

“We’re a small community,” he said. “Everybody enjoys being around their neighbors.”

Amber Coulter can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.