Troy Landry is probably one of the more recognized alligator hunters featured on the History channel’s “Swamp People” television series.
There’s the striped polo-style shirt, faded and ripped, that he always wears. The baseball cap and boots. And, of course, there’s his “Choot ‘em, Lizabeth” command so frequently heard in the early seasons of the show before hunter Liz Cavalier went out on her own. Landry, who has been hunting alligators for 30 years, has been a fixture on the popular show since it premiered in 2010. Landry’s sons now hunt alongside their father.
On July 19, fans of the show will get a chance to meet and hear from Troy Landry and his son Jacob Landry when they appear at a fundraiser for the Cottonwood High School FFA (Future Farmers of America). The event will include a dinner and a meet and greet with the Landrys from 5:30 to 7 p.m. as well as a general program from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
“Swamp People” is a television series that follows a group of people who make their livings out of the Atchafalaya Swamp in Louisiana.
Warren Dasinger organized the event with Cottonwood agricultural science teacher Rusty Yeomans. The event will be held in the larger auditorium at Ashford High School. Organizers hope to raise as much as $40,000 for the Cottonwood FFA.
“The kids want to do a lot of stuff,” Dasinger said of the FFA members. “They want to build a cattle barn. They want to go to different events, and there’s really not money there.”
Organizers have worked on putting the event with the Landrys together for the past few months.
“They’re so well known on the History channel with the gators and everything, and that’s a big thing in the South down here,” Dasinger said.
Hunt’s restaurant will cater the dinner, and local sponsors helped cover the cost of bringing the Landrys to town. Business sponsors include New Holland Tractor, Five Star Credit Union, SunSouth John Deere and Massey Ferguson Wells Tractor Company. Dasinger said a local game warden will even bring a special guest to the event.
“We’re actually going to have a live gator there,” Dasinger said.