- Cullman, Alabama

June 22, 2013

Duck Dynasty fans turn out for reality television star

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Although many attendees of the second Rock the South music festival made the trip to Cullman for big-name headliners like Hank Williams Jr. or The Band Perry, one family from Glen Allen in Fayette County came solely to meet Willie Robertson.

The fact they just so happened to have a rockin’ good time was just icing on the cake.

“We’ve enjoyed it. It’s had good music and a good atmosphere and I’d encourage others to come to it next year,” said Cole Christopher, whose seven-year-old nephew, Tanner Mcgough, was given a pass to participate in a meet-and-greet with the ‘Duck Dynasty’ star. “It’s a lot of good southern hospitality.”

Mcgough’s big moment with the celebrity came around 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, shortly after Robertson took the stage as part of Rock the South’s second-day festivities.

Christopher spoke highly of the entire Robertson family, while his nephew said his goal was to get Saturday’s visitor to sign his shirt, which already featured one autograph from a member of the hit series.

“I like watching his show, and I record every one of them,” Mcgough said. “Jace and Uncle Si and Willie are my favorite characters in the show.”

During his time in front of the packed crowd, Robertson thanked Cullman for their support of the wildly popular reality show and also attributed his successes to his savior, Jesus Christ.

With just a few more acts left following Robertson’s appearance, Assistant Cullman City Police Chief Craig Green said he felt the event had run smoothly so far.

“There were four arrests last night, all alcohol related,” Green said. “We are pleased with how things have gone so far and the success is because of the working relationship and planning with the event staff. I am praying for a safe and non-eventful night.”

Hank Williams, Jr. was scheduled to finish off Day 2 of Rock the South. He was set to take the stage at 9:40 p.m. Saturday night.

 Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.