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Country singer, Duck Dynasty actors to appear in August at Bicentennial Center

Published on -5/1/2014, 3:45 PM

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By Tim Horan

The Salina Journal

Country singer, Duck Dynasty actors to appear in August at Bicentennial Center

By TIM HORAN Salina Journal -- Thursday, May 01, 2014 2:00 AM

Country singer Craig Campbell and stars of the hit TV show "Duck Dynasty" will be at the Salina Bicentennial Center in August for a three-day Smoky Hills Sportsman Expo, with the proceeds going to the spiritual growth of prisoners.

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Country singer Craig Campbell and stars of the hit TV show "Duck Dynasty" will be at the Salina Bicentennial Center in August for a three-day Smoky Hills Sportsman Expo, with the proceeds going to the spiritual growth of prisoners.

Casey Strong, who works at Ellsworth Correctional Facility and owns ACS Promotions, said proceeds from the events Aug. 22 through 24 will go to the Spiritual Life Center at the Ellsworth facility.

"It (Spiritual Life Center) helps with the spiritual needs of all different denominations, all the way from Christian to Wicca. They will learn all about that at the expo," Strong said. "Basically they help guys transform from the offender mentality into a mentality that will be much safer and much more conducive to society."

He said that most people don't understand what prison is all about.

"They see TV shows and that's about it," Strong said.

One aspect of prisons that most people don't realize is that most in custody are released.

The expo is billed as a three-day event packed full of fun for the entire family. Activities include a craft show with handmade products and corporate representatives, entertainment and demonstrations.

Campbell, whose single "Family Man" was an American County Awards nominee, will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 22. His current Top 15 hit is "Keep Them Kisses Comin'."

A dinner and auction are planned for Aug. 23. Guest speakers will be John Godwin, Justin Martin and Jessica Robertson, who are featured on the A&E TV show "Duck Dynasty."

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at the Bicentennial Center box office. Tickets for the concert cost $30 for general admission on the floor and $20 for general admission in the stands. One-day tickets to the expo cost $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 2 through 12. Tickets for the dinner and auction cost $99 for the VIP floor (including a VIP meet and greet with three "Duck Dynasty" crew members before dinner); $77, floor preferred; $59, general floor; and $37, general admission stands, which does not include dinner.

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