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March 3, 2012

Swamp People “Choot ‘em” up at County Home and Ranch

NEDERLAND — Seated at a table at County Home and Ranch, Troy and Jacob Landry — stars of the History Channel’s Swamp People series — signed autographs, posed for photos and met with thousands of excited fans Saturday morning.

The father and son alligator hunters, who hail from Pierre Parte, La., took time to shake hands and hear what their loyal devotees were saying.

With a thick Cajun accent, Troy Landry would utter the catch phrase he’s known for “choot ‘em” much to the delight of fans.

Royce Daigle and friend Helen Becker, both of Groves, were the first in line Saturday, March 3, arriving at 6 a.m., three hours before the Landry’s began their meet and greet.

Daigle was doing double duty of sorts, getting an autograph and buying Swamp People souvenirs for a friend in St. Louis, Mo., she said.

“They think these people walk on water,” Daigle said with a laugh.

Dale and Deanna LeJune of Nederland were third and fourth in the early morning line. The couple missed out seeing the Landry’s at a recent Delta Downs trip and were determined to see their favorite Swamp People.

“There were 5,000 people at Delta Downs, the line was out back to the race track,” Deanna LeJune said. “People were there at noon but they didn’t start until 5 p.m.”

When asked if she is a big fan of the show, Deanna was quick to answer “Oh God, yes.”

“We like watching them catch gators,” she said. “They are down to earth guys who work hard for what they have.”

The LeJune’s even stopped and picked up a Reeses Cup to give to Troy Landry, an idea they got from a recent commercial featuring the gator hunters.

Dale and Deanna LeJune are planning a trip to the Rainbow Bar Inn.

“I’m going to sit back and have a beer until they (Landry’s) come in,” Dale LeJune with a laugh.

Carla Mohon of Crosby, Texas, left her St. Croix Rods booth briefly to have a “Choot ‘em” T-shirt autographed for her friend, Valerie Griggs’ March 4th birthday while outside the bustling business Ruby Henager of Lufkin posed in front of the Landry’s truck which featured near life-sized photos of the men.

“I am a big fan of Troy’s,” Henager said, adding she loves the comedy between the family members as well as watching them fight gators.

The multitude of southeast Texas fans aren’t alone in their admiration of the gator hunting reality style show. An estimated 5.5 million people tuned in to see the July 2011 season finale, according to The Times-Picayune.

County Home and Ranch owner Terry Metreyeon made sure his customers and fans of the Swamp People were cared for by offering a Sun Travel shuttle bus from the nearby pipefitters union hall to the site, offered free links and drinks and door prizes. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Nederland Police were on hand for traffic and crowd control.

Fans browsed the store, which offers everything from Stihl products to boats and motors and cattle feed to home decor, “country food” such as pickled okra and jellies, wind chimes, bird feeders and houses to purses and flip-flops, tomato plants, seeds and more, while waiting their chance to see the stars.

Numerous vendors were also on site with tents and booths and Gator Country brought along some of their reptiles.

mmeaux@panews.comSeated at a table at County Home and Ranch, Troy and Jacob Landry — stars of the History Channel’s Swamp People series — signed autographs, posed for photos and met with thousands of excited fans Saturday morning.

The father and son alligator hunters, who hail from Pierre Parte, La., took time to shake hands and hear what their loyal devotees were saying.

With a thick Cajun accent, Troy Landry would utter the catch phrase he’s known for “choot ‘em” much to the delight of fans.

Royce Daigle and friend Helen Becker, both of Groves, were the first in line Saturday, March 3, arriving at 6 a.m., three hours before the Landry’s began their meet and greet.

Daigle was doing double duty of sorts, getting an autograph and buying Swamp People souvenirs for a friend in St. Louis, Mo., she said.

“They think these people walk on water,” Daigle said with a laugh.

Dale and Deanna LeJune of Nederland were third and fourth in the early morning line. The couple missed out seeing the Landry’s at a recent Delta Downs trip and were determined to see their favorite Swamp People.

“There were 5,000 people at Delta Downs, the line was out back to the race track,” Deanna LeJune said. “People were there at noon but they didn’t start until 5 p.m.”

When asked if she is a big fan of the show, Deanna was quick to answer “Oh God, yes.”

“We like watching them catch gators,” she said. “They are down to earth guys who work hard for what they have.”

The LeJune’s even stopped and picked up a Reeses Cup to give to Troy Landry, an idea they got from a recent commercial featuring the gator hunters.

Dale and Deanna LeJune are planning a trip to the Rainbow Bar Inn.

“I’m going to sit back and have a beer until they (Landry’s) come in,” Dale LeJune with a laugh.

Carla Mohon of Crosby, Texas, left her St. Croix Rods booth briefly to have a “Choot ‘em” T-shirt autographed for her friend, Valerie Griggs’ March 4th birthday while outside the bustling business Ruby Henager of Lufkin posed in front of the Landry’s truck which featured near life-sized photos of the men.

“I am a big fan of Troy’s,” Henager said, adding she loves the comedy between the family members as well as watching them fight gators.

The multitude of southeast Texas fans aren’t alone in their admiration of the gator hunting reality style show. An estimated 5.5 million people tuned in to see the July 2011 season finale, according to The Times-Picayune.

County Home and Ranch owner Terry Metreyeon made sure his customers and fans of the Swamp People were cared for by offering a Sun Travel shuttle bus from the nearby pipefitters union hall to the site, offered free links and drinks and door prizes. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Nederland Police were on hand for traffic and crowd control.

Fans browsed the store, which offers everything from Stihl products to boats and motors and cattle feed to home decor, “country food” such as pickled okra and jellies, wind chimes, bird feeders and houses to purses and flip-flops, tomato plants, seeds and more, while waiting their chance to see the stars.

Numerous vendors were also on site with tents and booths and Gator Country brought along some of their reptiles.

mmeaux@panews.com

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