‘Swamp People’ coming to Andy

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, May 21, 2013

As soon as the signs went up, the buzz started about the Covington Sportsman Expo June 28-30.

One could easily understand that considering the event – which is in its second year – will feature three popular TV stars from the History Channel’s “Swamp People” series.

Harold Barnes, event organizer, said Troy Landry, his son Jacob and Bruce Mitchell and his dog Tyler will be this year’s headliners.

“People are excited, and so am I, to be able to bring this group of men here,” Barnes said. “This is my hometown, and I want to promote what we have here in Andalusia and Covington County. The area severely needs something for kids to enjoy during the summer, and I thought this would work great.”

And last year’s event did, prompting Barnes to bring things back and “to take it up a notch.”

“I picked Troy because, everywhere he goes, he draws a big crowd,” Barnes said. “He’s very personable and easy to get along with. And you wouldn’t believe the number of women and children that have asked me about (Mitchell’s) dog.”

Mitchell will headline on Friday beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a meet and greet at 4:45 p.m. until 9 p.m., he said.

Barnes said the Landrys will headline the event on Saturday, with a 45-minute onstage talk about their lives outside the show. Then, the two will hold a three-hour autograph session in the Covington Center Arena.

Admission is $10 per person, with children under 4 admitted for free. Meet-and-greets with the show stars is included in the price of admission, and memoriabila items will be on sale.

A multitude of other events will continue over the three-day period, as well as sales by more than 100 vendors.

“Our schedule of events is currently in the works,” Barnes said. “But, I can say that we will have Tim Bradley, an exhibition shooter from Benelli on hand, an archery show on Saturday, Puddle Duck Labs demonstrations, a hunter safety course for children and ladies handgun class.”

For more information about the event, visit covingtonsportsmanexpo.com.