Alaska State Fair books 'Duck Dynasty'

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Updated: Thu, 01 May 2014 01:20:17 EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A contentious cable television reality show star will be among the highlighted acts at this year's Alaska State Fair.

Officials say Phil Robertson and other members of the show "Duck Dynasty" will headline events Aug. 30.

Set in Louisiana bayou country, A&E's "Duck Dynasty" follows a family that manufactures duck calls and loves to go bird hunting.

Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, was briefly suspended by A&E last year after GQ magazine quoted him declaring that gays are sinners and African Americans were happy under Jim Crow laws. Supporters of Robertson's right to voice his opinions flocked to his defense before the network reinstated him.

Dean Phipps, an official with the fair, says the booking is not an endorsement of those views, but a reflection of the popularity of the show with Alaskans.

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