The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is celebrating long beards, banana puddin’ and all things camouflage next month.
It will be hosting its first ever “Duck Dynasty” night Jan. 3. during First Friday in downtown Kokomo. It will pay homage to the reality show with a cult-like following.
The message behind the celebration is simple: the library is more than just a warehouse for books.
“It can be a place of fun and community,” said library spokeswoman Lisa Fipps. “It can be a place to hang out. The library is so much more than you thought it was.”
Fipps encourages men to start growing their beards now for the character look-alike contest. Women and children, have no fear. You can participate in the character contest, too.
“You don’t necessarily have to grow a beard,” she said. “You can make one, too.”
Dress up like Willie, Jase, Phil or Si – the show’s main characters, known for their long, scraggly beards. It’s not just about the look, though. Fipps said judges will be searching for people who personify the characters they’re playing.
Si, for example, is the goofy Vietnam vet always telling stories at work and inadvertently mixing his words up, Fipps said.
He drinks about two gallons of sweet tea a day and only uses a blue cup that was sent to him in a care package while he was in Vietnam.
Participants better know their characters inside and out because the contest will include a random trivia question from the judges.
Dressed up as Phil? It might help to know that he was drafted into the NFL, but turned it down because it interfered with duck season.
The library will honor Miss Kay, the matriarch in the show, by hosting a cook-off.
“She cooks all the weird things the guys catch, like beaver,” Fipps said. “But everyone loves her banana puddin’.”