He had the walk, the talk – and the beard.
Wayne Beckom’s impersonation of Phil Robertson won him first place in the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library’s “Duck Dynasty” look-a-like contest Friday.
Dressed in camouflage with a bandana, sunglasses and beard typical of the hit A&E TV show’s patriarch, Beckom joked he didn’t have to do much to look the part.
“It’s always been there,” he said of his beard. “Really I didn’t do much. I just cleaned up a little bit.”
He and his wife, Cindy, have watched “Duck Dynasty” since the show’s start. Cindy made Miss Kay’s pudding recipe for the library’s banana pudding contest, which earned her second place.
First place got Beckom four bobble-heads of the main “Duck Dynasty” characters. Second place, and the complete show on DVD, went to Ron Swope dressed as Si Robertson. Third place went to Luke Stone, whose likeness to Jase Robertson won him a cup like Si uses and a “happy, happy, happy” mug.
“I like [‘Duck Dynasty’] mostly for the family values and being outside in nature,” Swope said between sips of ice tea, Si’s favorite. “That’s just the way life should be.”
The library’s “Duck Dynasty” night was part of First Friday festivities in Kokomo, and the goal was to provide activities for the whole family, said Lisa Fipps, director of marketing at the library.
“One of the things we’re always looking for as a library is events that appeal to a large group of people,” she said. “It’s not necessarily the appeal of “Duck Dynasty,” but that there was so much we could do with that theme.”
In addition to the look-a-like contest and banana pudding competition, the library also held a trivia contest, a rubber ducky hunt, a fishing game, a deer blind for children to explore and hunting and fishing advice from outdoor expert Bud Fields.
First place in the banana pudding contest went to Megan Dale, who won a copy of “Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen” cookbook and a gift card. Cindy Beckom took second and Sherry Knight claimed third.
Ivy Tech Community College sponsored the pudding contest, giving the top three contestants plaques, T-shirts and oven mitts.
Mason Peel proved he knew the most “Duck Dynasty” trivia and Si-isms, winning a 2014 Si calendar in the trivia contest. Sherry Knight took second and Jennifer Goad placed third.