‘Duck Dynasty’ comes to Bloom

Posted: April 20, 2013

Star staff report

Jessica and Jep Robertson will be the firefighters’ marshals for this year’s Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. They are stars on “Duck Dynasty,” an A&E channel show about the Robertson family, which became wealthy from their Duck Commander business in Louisiana.

WINCHESTER — Husband and wife Jep and Jessica Robertson — members of the “Duck Dynasty” television family — will serve as firefighters’ marshals for the 86th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

The couple will not be in the city for an extended period, but will lead the Firefighters’ Parade at 5:30 p.m. May 3. The festival will be held from April 26 through May 5.

“Duck Dynasty,” a reality TV series on the A&E channel, features segments about the lives of the Robertson family, which became wealthy from its family-operated business Duck Commander in West Monroe, La.

The company makes products for duck hunters, primarily the duck call of the same name, Duck Commander.

The Robertson family men — brothers Phil and Si and Phil’s sons Jase, Willie and Jep — are known for their long, flowing beards.

The Robertsons’ appearance is sponsored by Loudoun Mutual Insurance Co.

The multimillion-dollar business Duck Commander began in a family shed, where Phil Robertson spent 25 years making duck calls from Louisiana cedar trees.

Through December, 25 episodes of “Duck Dynasty” had been broadcast. The third season began on Feb. 27.

The youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertson, Jules Jeptha “Jep” Robertson grew up in duck blinds (covered areas for hunting). Using those years of experience for his role as the cameraman and editor for the family business, Jep captures footage for the “Duckmen” DVD series and the TV show “Benelli Presents Duck Commander.”

Jessica Robertson 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 have four children, Lily, Merritt, Priscilla and River.

Jessica also has a business background. She was a licensed real estate agent who most recently worked in sales.