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Hazzard Homecoming Brings “Dukes” to Life!

Just the good ol’ boys…and everybody else, appeared at Hazzard Homecoming on August 11 & 12 for Dukes of Hazzard fun! Taking place on a rolling green field under bright blue skies, fans from around the globe enjoyed this memorable visit to “Hazzard County.”

While there were many highlights of the event, the stunt show featuring “Bo and Luke” behind the wheel of the General Lee is the likely favorite. The low-profile jump spared the Charger from damage, while still giving fans a traditional Hazzard County chase!  Here’s a YouTube video posted by “BradNMarty.”

Many fans couldn’t make the trip for this event, so if you have photos, videos or  reports to share about your experience, please feel welcome to post it in our Forums! You can also post on our Facebook page!

Entire Dukes Cast Gathers for Hazzard Homecoming!

Unless you’ve been hiding out in the mountains with your moonshine still, you’ve probably heard that Hazzard Homecoming is taking place August 11 & 12! It’s located at the Ben Venue Racecourse, intersection of Hwy 211 and Route 729 in Amissville, VA. This is just down the road from Sperryville.

Hazzard Homecoming will feature personal appearances by the surviving principal cast of The Dukes of Hazzard. Yes, both John Schneider and Tom Wopat – Bo and Luke Duke  – will be there! As will the charming Catherine Bach.

We’ll also have the intrepid presence of the Hazzard County Sheriff’s Department; James Best, Sonny Shroyer and Rick Hurst. Hosting the shindig is Ben Jones, ol’ Cooter himself, with help from his wife, the lovely Miss Alma.

Of course, you can expect to see lots of General Lees too! Along with Daisy’s Jeep, Uncle Jesse’s pickup and Hazzard County patrol cars.

There’s literally too much going on for us to list, so head over to Cootersplace.com for the complete details. There’s a long lineup of concerts, BMX bike stunts, professional wrestling and whatever else they pull out of the hat.

Best of all, you’ll be surrounded by thousands of other Dukes fans just like you, who can’t get enough of the Dukes of Hazzard!

It’s been hinted by the organizers that this could be “the last time the entire cast is together.”  We’re not going to read into that too deeply or speak anything negative into existence. What we will say, however, is that we know just how much time, work and expense go into putting these events together. There’s been some form of DukesFest/Hazzard Homecoming for so long now that we’ve come to expect them.

But you never know.

So, clear your calendar, gas up the car, pack a cooler and make the pilgrimage to Hazzard Homecoming! Oh, and before we forget – YEEEHAAAA!!

 

Dukes of Hazzard Taking Over Knight Rider Festival

Move over, KITT. The General Lee is taking center stage in Las Vegas on May 18 & 19, 2012, during the Las Vegas Star Cars and Knight Rider 30th Anniversary Convention! Once separate events, these shindigs have been combined by powerhouse Vegas promoter Paul Casey.

The vehicles in attendance will include various incarnations of KITT and probably a dozen or more General Lees. In addition to the iconic cars from Knight Rider and The Dukes of Hazzard, you’ll find famous vehicles from Smokey & The Bandit, The A-Team, The Green Hornet, American Graffiti, Ghostbusters, and anything else that shows up.

The event is FREE to the public, but star car owners are asked to pony up for the Children’s Miracle Network. Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider, co-founder of the charity, is participating in the event and will be signing autographs. “Bo Duke” will be joined by Dukes of Hazzard alumni Byron Cherry, (Coy Duke) and Don Pedro Colley (Sheriff Little.) Catherine Bach has also been invited, but as of HazzardNet press time, her participation is unconfirmed.

Some Knight Rider stars will be there too, but hey, this is a Dukes website and we’re just a little selfish. Go to the official Las Vegas Star Cars website for more details about all the celebrities and cars!

We’re willing to bet that Dukes of Hazzard fans and General Lees take the event over by sheer numbers . It would serve Knight Rider just desserts for picking on The Dukes of Hazzard during the 80’s.  Odds are, a lot of Dixie horns will be heard in Las Vegas!

News: Dukes of Hazzard’s John Schneider Appearing in Monticello, Iowa!

His popularity began as “Bo Duke” and it hasn’t slowed down ever since! John Schneider is a veteran actor who has appeared in many TV shows, including “The Dukes of Hazzard”, “Smallville”, “Glee”, “Trick My What?” and  more. He has numerous movie roles on his resume’, plus he’s had a successful recording career and still does a concert now and then. So, what is John doing at the Rod & Custom Car Show in Monticello, Iowa on Feb 25 & 26?

John will be signing autographs and having his picture taken, no doubt, and he’ll be making a lot of fans happy in the process! Much like Tom Wopat did last weekend at the car show in Canton, Ohio.

It says something about the enduring nature of The Dukes of Hazzard that “Bo and Luke Duke” still draw crowds at car shows. And the fact that John Schneider and Tom Wopat are still willing to sign trunk lids and toy General Lees, says something special about them both.

John will be at the Monticello Berndes Center on Saturday, Feb 25 from noon until 4:00 p.m.  He will return that same evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 26, he will be there from 10:00 a.m. t0 2:00 p.m. Visit the show website for more information.

If you go, remember that getting there early is the name of the game. We do not know how much John is charging for autographs at this show.  Bring extra cash, and bring only what you can reasonably afford to have signed.  Merchandise and photos are usually available at John’s booth.

As always, feel welcome to share your experience and photos with us on our Facebook page and on our Forums!

Tom Wopat and John Schneider in Concert!

Photo credit: Paul Harrington

Forever known as Bo and Luke Duke to fans of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Tom Wopat and John Schneider have come a long way from Hazzard County. Their diverse careers include success in vocal recordings, Broadway performances, theatre productions, concerts, TV and movie roles, and more. They are, without doubt, consummate entertainers who know how to engage and delight an audience.

When peforming together, the audience is treated to a combined talent that is augmented by genuine camaraderie. Rare is the friendship that lasts over 30 years, rarer still a friendship that has survived the brutal pressures of Hollywood and the media.

In concert, Wopat and Schneider display an obvious ease around each other, clearly enjoying themselves and the music that unites them. They give audiences the same good time that they’re having! The only drawbacks to seeing them peform live together, is that the event is far too rare, and the evening seems to end too quickly.

So far for 2012, you have exactly two chances to catch Tom and John in concert: April 12 and April 13 at the Fallsview Casino & Resort in Niagra Falls, Ontario. Tickets will be going on sale in January 2012. Seating is limited to 1,500 in the intimate concert venue, meaning that tickets will go fast. 

At this time, we do not know exactly when tickets will become available in January. We will make every effort to post an alert when tickets are on sale.  With a total of only 3,000 tickets being available for the weekend, you’ll want to stay in the loop!

The Must-Have Issue of Hot Rod Magazine!

The most anticipated new issue of Hot Rod magazine is now available! The November 2011 issue has hit the stands! You won’t want to miss the Bandit Trans-Am vs. the General Lee showdown!

Ask yourself. When is the last time you saw the General Lee in full splendor on the cover of a national magazine? Right there, we’re sold.  It’s worth getting your hands on this issue for the photos alone. This ain’t no showroom beauty contest; these rebel machines are kickin’ up gravel.

Like feuding kin, both of these legendary, iconic cars hail from the same Southern turf.  In their fictional settings, both are from Georgia; in real life, both are owned by Mark Osborne in Arkansas.  Mark is a dedicated Dukes of Hazzard fan who generously allowed the use of his cars and ranch property for this scientific automotive research.

Ultimately, it was up to Hot Rod readers to name the winner of this duel.  If you missed our earlier posting of Hot Rod’s Bandit vs. General video in our Duel to the Dust article, then go back and take a look!

Hot Rod magazine poses more debate-provoking topics in this issue, such as, Rosco vs. Sheriff Buford T. Justice, and Daisy vs. the chick who played Burt Reynold’s seat cover in Smokey and the Bandit.

John Schneider, ol’ Bo Duke himself, weighs in on these  sensitive matters with his own thoughts on page 51.

You’ll also want to check out Rob Kinnan’s “Starting Line” article about unforgettable cars in movies and TV.  And for you aspiring YouTubers or COPS audition wannabees, the car webcam article is essential reading!

HazzardNet users have found this issue of Hot Rod at Walmart and all major retailers, though they’re going fast.  Check your local magazine racks today! Get ahold of a copy, then shout out your opinions in our Forums!

Get Ready for More of John Schneider!

He began as Bo Duke, but John Schneider’s career has a wide variety these days. John is starring in an upcoming CMT series called “Trick My What?” featuring mechanical makeovers for the working man’s machine. From fishing boats to tractors to semi trucks, watch as John and a team of ace mechanics restore and rev-up these blue collar vehicles.

“Trick My What?” premiers Friday, October 7 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time. As always, check your local cable listings. Meanwhile, you can watch a preview of the program right here:

In other John Schneider news, John also stars in an independent film called “Doonby” which was slated for a September 2011 release.  At the time of this writing, we were unable to confirm a specific release date.

“Doonby” is the story about a mysterious drifter without a past who arrives in a small Texas town.  Initially he finds acceptance, but after showing a knack for always being at the center of a crisis – in order to render aid – suspicion and resentment begins to replace admiration.  Did his arrival herald the onset of the town’s sudden woes? Or was his arrival timed to help it endure them? Who is Doonby?  You’ll probably never find out, by the looks of the movie, but that’s sort of the point.  Check out the trailer:

More of a thoughtful, provocative flick than a feel-good warm fuzzy, “Doonby” could either win people over or cause their avoidance, much like the lead character.  In fact, when we went digging to find out what was going on with the release date, we found that the sub-plot deals with messages about abortion and alcoholism.  The movie has been dubbed something like “It’s a Wonderful Life” without the wonderful.  Nonetheless, there’s nothing wrong with a movie that makes you think.  Any movie can have killer robots or car chases; but movies that take a hard look at humanity are rare today.

“Doonby the Movie” shows 7,822 “likes” on Facebook.  If you’re anxious to see this movie, you’ll need to make some noise.  If you have already seen the movie in an advance screening, share your review with us in the Forums!

Carnival of Thrills on CMT

The third season of The Dukes of Hazzard opened with a memorable two-part episode called “Carnival of Thrills.”  When Dukes fans talk about favorite episodes, this one is always near the top. The automotive stunts, fistfights, humor and family angst add up to one of the best-written stories of the series.

Carnival of Thrills could be described as a coming-of-brains story for Bo Duke.  After receiving flattery from pretty stunt-show owner Diane Benson, Bo eagerly signs up for the chance to commit what seems to be public suicide in front of a grandstand audience, committing to a 32-car jump.  The near-fatal wipeout of the previous stunt driver is no deterrent.

Concerned for Bo’s safety, the rest of the Duke family attempts to stop him.  Boss and Rosco also want to stop him for their own reasons, which leads to a rare cooperation by Luke with one of Rosco’s most brazen impound excuses.  As the General’s impound turns into a date with a car crusher, free-for-all fisticuffs ensue at the junkyard.  The General is saved, but Bo nurses a grudge all the way home. 

Irate at Luke’s well-meaning betrayal, Bo shoots off his mouth until Luke’s own temper responds with a challenge. The first battle royale between the cousins Duke is memorable for its swift eruption and realism.  The fight is broken up by Uncle Jesse who tries to restore peace to the family, but to no avail.  Bo leaves the farm while his emotions are raw, falling further into Diane’s arms. 

When the Duke family learns that the prior stunt driver’s accident was the result of sabatoge, they race the clock to stop Bo from making the jump. But the General Lee is primed and ready, and Bo is making his final preparations in front of a roaring crowd.  Can anyone stop Bo before something stops him for good?

Carnival of Thrills ushered in the best ratings season that The Dukes of Hazzard would enjoy during it’s run.  See why by watching it this weekend on CMT!  Part One airs Friday Sept 16 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern.  Part Two airs Saturday Sept 17 at 1:00 a.m. Eastern.  Check your local cable listings.  It’s the weekend, so go ahead and pull an all-nighter with The Dukes of Hazzard!

Speed Into Summer with The Dukes of Hazzard!

Officially, summer just started, but it already feels like it’s flying by! One thing you don’t want to skip this summer is the good ol’ fashioned family road trip, especially when you can meet some of the original cast members of The Dukes of Hazzard! Here’s a quick list of what’s going on and who’s gonna be there:

July 01 – Rick Hurst, otherwise known as Deputy Cletus Hogg, will be at Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg TN!

July 02 – Catherine Bach, Daisy Duke herself, will be at Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg TN!

July 04 – Ben “Cooter” Jones will be at…no, not Cooter’s Place! Fooled ya. He’ll be at the community 4th of July shindig in Sperryville VA!

July 08-10 – John Schneider, known around here as Bo Duke, will be at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, PA!

July 16 – Sonny Shroyer, a/k/a Deputy Enos Strate, will be at the Johnny Lightning collectibles shindig in Dyersville, IA!

July 30-31 – John Schneider will be at the Marilla Car, Truck & Cycle Show in Marilla, NY!

Aug 13-14 – James Best, ol’ Rosco P.Coltrane, makes his only summer appearance scheduled thus far, at the Hazzard Homecoming in Sperryville, VA! Hazzard Homecoming is the big Dukes shindig of the summer, organized by Ben Jones and the lovely Miss Alma. Catherine Bach, Sonny Shroyer, and Rick Hurst will also be joining Ben Jones at this event. This is the place to see a General Lee, and to enjoy bluegrass music, all surrounded in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

*UPDATE*  John Schneider will also be at Hazzard Homecoming but *ONLY* on Sunday, August 14th!

What about Tom Wopat, of Luke Duke fame? He’s given his regards – and time – to Broadway! You can see him in the Tony-award winning musical, “Catch Me if You Can.”

Note, many of the above events, such as Hazzard Homecoming, and the car shows, require an admission fee. We will be adding more event details and links to our Forums section for each cast member. Also, please be aware that cast members generally do not give “free” autographs. An autograph may be included if you make a merchandise purchase from them, but if you bring an item of your own to have signed, be prepared to pay. Cast members each have their own rules n’ deals on these matters, and generally reserve the right to restrict their autographs to approved merchandise.

Dukes of Hazzard Screen Test

Ever wonder how it looked when John Schneider and Tom Wopat became Bo Duke and Luke Duke for the first time? Here’s an early look at The Dukes of Hazzard, through a screen test in 1978.  While this exact scene never shows up in an episode, the plot elements sound familiar to “Daisy’s Song.”  You’ll also notice a little more cussing and a slightly edgier feel, which was true to the first few episodes.

This screen test is part of the Bonus Features on The Dukes of Hazzard Season Two DVD set.

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