Three days of booths, exhibits, and activities focusing on the outdoors, a concert, and a dinner featuring reality TV stars are all part of a first-of-its-kind event this weekend at the Salina Bicentennial Center. The three day Smoky Hills Sportsman Expo is this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
American Country Awards nominee Craig Campbell takes the stage Friday night at 7:00, part of the headline concert for the three day event, the expo will also feature a benefit dinner and auction on Saturday night with guest speakers John Godwin, Justin Martin and Jessica Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.
Craig Campbell has entertained crowds across the U.S., Australia and Switzerland, performed for national TV audiences on Fox & Friends, Huckabee and Marie and has been profiled in HLN’s series Road Warriors. The singer-songwriter has earned well-deserved praise from the country’s toughest critics for his 2011 self-titled debut album and current album Never Regret, which have sold over 1 million tracks to date. Campbell’s autobiographical lead single, “Family Man” was a top 15 hit followed by fan-favorite “Fish.” His current Top 15 hit, “Keep Them Kisses Comin,'” is the follow-up single to smash “Outta My Head.”
The benefit dinner and auction Saturday night features guest speakers John Godwin, Justin Martin and Jessica Robertson of Duck Commander.
Godwin grew up hunting deer with his father, but once introduced to the world of waterfowl, duck calls captured his attention. He placed 3rd as a teenager in his first calling contest after Phil Robertson “tuned up” his call to make it ready for competition. John has worked for Duck Commander since 2002. Some of his duties include, building duck calls, managing supplies and overseeing the shipping department. During the season, however, John’s main title is decoy technician. He figures out the exact spot the decoys should be placed, and works on all equipment after the hunt to make sure it is ready to go for the next day’s hunt. John can be seen on Duckmen 7-11 as well as The Art of Commanding Ducks, Best of the Duckmen and the popular television show Benelli presents Duck commander on the Outdoor Channel.
Martin began working for Duck Commander in 2008. He, along with Jase and Godwin, build all of the duck calls for the company. Phil gave him a series of nicknames until 2010 when one finally stuck “Friar Tuck”. Come duck season you can find him cutting brush making sure the ducks will not see any of the duckmen. Also, due to his size, you will often see him hauling heavy loads. He is the newest member to the Duck Commander Crew.
The wife of the youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertson, Jules Jeptha “Jep” Robertson, Jessica Robertson fits right in with the family. As a child she grew up hunting on the weekends with her father in the woods of Louisiana. She first met Jep in 2001 and they were married within two weeks of announcing their engagement. They now have four children: Lily, Merritt, Priscilla and River. Jessica also has a business background like many in the Robertson family, but not from working at Duck Commander. She previously worked in real estate and was a licensed real estate agent and most recently worked in sales.
The highlight of the expo is three days of booths, exhibits, activities, and demonstrations all focusing on hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. Proceeds from the Smoky Hills Sportsman Expo will benefit the Spiritual Life Center at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.