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MONROE, La. (KNOE8 News) - Downtown Monroe is flooded with people today, many who came in for the chance to meet a member of the duck dynasty crew. This Very Merry Commander Christmas brought in hundreds from across state lines.

Vendors lined the streets in Downtown Monroe from Desiard all the way to the interstate.

From Mountain Home, Ark., Dan Watson traveled quite a few miles, just to set up his booth.

"I figured it would be a good event for us to market our product and I heard about all the hoopla there is going to be and the amount of people," Watson said. "They have advertised and people come in from about three or four states."

And the crowd brought in more than just vendors.

Tommy Sivils brought his family from Bude, Miss. He said the trip was his son's birthday present, but the whole family is excited to meet them.

"Sometimes it is like looking in a mirror," Sivils said. "There are a lot of things we see in each other that we see in the television show."

Shirley Phillips drove in Friday from Northeast Texas. She said she started planning the trip as soon as she heard about the event.

"But then I had to take off work. I am a medical person, and it is hard to take off of work but I wanted to make sure I didn't miss this party." 

Several people in the crowd said Silas Robertson, better known as Uncle Si, is their favorite family member.

"You know what, I like Si, more than anything," Watson said. "Because he is rogue, he's a rebel. I like all the guys really. But it is their sense of family."  

Some are calling this their annual vacation; others are just hoping to meet the crew while earning some extra cash. No matter what drove them to Monroe, their having a Very Merry Commander Christmas.

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