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Duck Dynasty fever boosts local tourism

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A & E's popular reality show Duck Dynasty, filmed in West Monroe, is attracting tourists to the twin cities.

"Everybody I see tells us they are proud of the show and proud of what we're doing," said Duck and Buck Commander CEO Willie Robinson.

Everyone's got the fever, the Duck Dynasty fever, and it's not limited to the twin cities. The popular A & E show is attracting fans from all across the country, that wouldn't normally stop here.

Kyle and Bethany Eichhorn drove their family in a camper all the way from Indiana, hoping to get a glimpse of the famous family. "We're fans of the show and it was maybe 12 or 13 hours, so we're fans of the show and just want to stop by and check it out," said Kyle Eichhorn.

The Monroe-West Monroe Visitors and Convention Bureau says that the popularity of the show is boosting the economy here in the twin cities. "People do come here for them, but they are also doing other things, that's the big positive that we are seeing an economic ripple," said Monroe-West Monroe CVB Director Alana Cooper and adds the Duck Commander warehouse has become a tourist attraction and has put West Monroe on the map.

Now the group is working with the Duck Dynasty clan to use the popularity of the show as a marketing tool. "We have the opportunity every time they stop here, we send them to the warehouse, we actually have directions printed out, so we can get them there it's only a block or two away. Then we also try to get them to do other things while they are here."

Willie Robertson tells KNOE they have enjoyed the success of the show and is honored to be able to help the local economy of his hometown."I was recently at a hotel and the lady said you know you probably are one of the biggest draws we have is people coming here to stay because they want to go see the shop and they want to see the shop, so it's a win win for all of us," said Robertson.

The CEO also adds he is looking forward to their next season and hopes he and the rest of his family can continue helping North East Louisiana shine to outsiders, like the Eichhorn family. "We're hoping to see someone from the show, but if not its still cool to see the place," said Eichhorn.

The new season begins on A&E on February 27 at 9 p.m. Willie says the new season will be filled with explosions, a yoga session, parental struggles, and of course lots of clowning around at the office.

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