Troy to ‘choot ‘em’ for Relay event

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 12, 2011

NATCHEZ — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is going Cajun this weekend with a little help from “Swamp People” star Troy Landry.

Landry will be the guest of honor at Sports Center’s Relay For Life fund raiser starting at 11 a.m. today in the store’s parking lot.

“We are really excited about having Troy Landry to help benefit this great cause, to help the Miss-Lou Relay because each one of us somehow, someway have been affected (by cancer),” said Sports Center employee and one of the organizers of the event, Chip Sturdivant.

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The event will feature an authentic Cajun meal, prepared by cooks who are traveling more than 130 miles from Pierre Part, La., Landry’s hometown. The meal is $10 a plate, which includes jambalaya, a roll, dessert and a drink.

The Back Roads Band will also be supplying live music for the event.

Guests will have a chance to purchase an autographed picture of Landry and get their picture taken with Landry for $10.

The event is on the first day of turkey season so events include a turkey-calling contest, a competition for the longest turkey beard of the day and also a competition for the largest turkey kill of the day. Competitors must register for the turkey-calling contest by 11:30 a.m. and the largest turkey of the day must be submitted by 1 p.m.

All proceeds raised at the event are going to Relay for Life.

Landry’s appearance at the event is courtesy of Sports Center employee Brandi Isbell, owner of Settoon Construction, Scott Settoon and one night of bad weather.

“(I’m) good friends with Scott Settoon, we’re neighbors,” Isbell said. “Three weeks ago (there was an) ice storm and I saw lights on (over at Scott’s). I went over there and we were talking and I knew that he was good friends with Troy Landry. I asked him (what) the chances were that Troy might do an appearance for Relay For Life? (Scott) said, ‘I’m sure he would.’ That was Thursday night and by Sunday it was confirmed.”

The announcement of Landry’s appearance has drawn a lot of interest in the event and Sturdivant is expecting a lot of people to come to the event, he said.

“We have had phone calls within a 100-mile radius from people that have heard it on the radio or seen it in the newspaper,” Sturdivant said.

“You mention the words Relay for Life and people step up. We have always had smaller events and this one just blossomed.”

“(We) want people to come out, listen to some good music, eat some good food and pass a good time,” Isbell said.