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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 Bucket o’ News!

Has being on the lam kept you out of the loop? We got ya covered! Here’s all the latest Dukes of Hazzard news, in no particular order, because we’re lazy like that. Here we go!

Tickets for the Tom Wopat and John Schneider concert at the Fallsview Casino Resort go on sale January 13!  The casino doesn’t have it listed yet but Tom himself released this information. The shows are April 12 & 13 in Ontario, Canada, just on the other side of Niagra Falls. You’ll need a passport, but you got plenty of time to get that together. Your local post office can give you the passport application and explain what’s required.

Next, if you’ve got a million dollars in your pocket, why not blow it on LEE 1? Yes, the most famous, and also infamous, first General Lee is up for a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, starting January 15. The car is famous for being the very first jumped General Lee in the first Dukes of Hazzard episode, “One-Armed Bandits.”  It later appeared in the episode “Repo Men” , repainted green, posing as a wrecked stock car.

When Dukes production left Georgia, LEE1 was left behind in a junkyard. It was eventually discovered in the late 90’s  and purchased  for an alleged $400 bucks.  The new owner, after much ballyhoo, turned around and auctioned the thing for some 24 grand or so, as-is, wrecked and rusted. How many times LEE1 changed hands after that, we don’t know, but it was eventually restored to be drivable and show-worthy.  In Duke circles, arguments abound about whether or not there’s enough original parts on the car to qualify it as “original”, as this was more like building the Bionic General than a normal restoration.  Yet somebody will pay a terrific price for LEE1  just for the bragging rights, if past history is any indication.

In other news, the lovely Catherine Bach has joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless”, a long-running daytime soap opera.  She will join the set Jan 10, with her first episode appearance expected around Feb 7. She will play a scheming, conniving mother of a scheming, conniving daughter, heck-bent on ruining marriages and fostering mistrust among friends. Sounds like fun!

One more quick thing, tickets for the 2012 Hazzard Homecoming are already on sale. We don’t know who’s gonna be there or what’s happening yet, but hey, it’s on! You’ll get a discount if you buy an e-ticket by March.  Swing over to Cooter’s Place for details.

That’s a wrap for now! Stay tuned to HazzardNet, we’ll have more for you soon!

BREAKING NEWS: Hazzard Homecoming in 2012!

Details are few, but the news is good for Dukes of Hazzard fans: there will be another Hazzard Homecoming in 2012!  The announced dates are August 11 & 12.  The location for the 2012 Hazzard Homecoming is the same as before, in Sperryville, Virginia.  While the cast line up is unknown at this point, we can tell ya this much…this is about as fast as Ben Jones has ever announced the gig for the following year.  So he must have somethin’ good cookin’!

While August 11 & 12 of 2012 seems like a long time from now, it pays to make your travel plans early. Sperryville is a small town and you’ll have to find your lodgings in nearby communities; hotels book up fast. On the plus side, the area is very scenic, and it’s worth allowing more time so you can enjoy Skyline Drive and the beautiful mountain scenery. 

We will update our home page with more 2012 Hazzard Homecoming  details as they become available.  Meanwhile, you can follow the buzz in our Forums!

Congrats to our Fan of the Month!

Our Fan of the Month for September 2011 is a real woman of mystery, as you can tell by her photo with Catherine Bach!  “Redneck girl 01”  joined us in March of 2008.  While she’s outgoing and friendly with everyone on HazzardNet, she’s a little shy about sharing her face with the world! 

Redneck girl 01 is a long-time participant on our Forums and her recognition as Fan of the Month is overdue.  She clinched the title after supplying us a personal account of Hazzard Homecoming in our Forums.  For those of you who did not get to attend Hazzard Homecoming, Redneck girl 01’s reporting will give you an honest overview of what it was like. 

She also included a link to her Facebook (faceless-book?) page which includes some great photos of the event, such as the one below:

This General Lee had a plush “Flash” upon the roof.  The stuffed animal has been autographed by many cast members of The Dukes of Hazzard. Redneck girl 01 has many more photos of John, Cathy, Jimmie, Rick, Sonny, and Ben, and several photos of the Hazzard Homecoming grounds and atmosphere. 

By immersing herself in the event and taking the time to provide us with all the details, she’s proven herself to be a dedicated Dukes of Hazzard fan.  We appreciate the time she spent to share her experience with all of us, and we look forward to more of Redneck girl 01’s adventures in the future.  Join us in congratulating her!

Hazzard Homecoming Made Fans Happy

The dour economy and an iffy weather forecast couldn’t keep Dukes of Hazzard fans away from Sperryville, Virginia.  Thousands of fans traveled from around the country and the globe to be a part of Hazzard Homecoming this last weekend.  Cast members who attended the event included promoter and organizer Ben Jones, along with James Best, Cathy Bach, John Schneider, Rick Hurst, and Sonny Shroyer.  There were also plenty of General Lee’s to admire.

If you didn’t get to go to Hazzard Homecoming, you can get a feel for the event by watching this newscast by WYMT-TV.  Reporter Steve Hensley interviewed a few cast members and talked to some fans at the event.  One of the fans looks suspiciously like Paul Harrington of the Canadian Dukes.  We’re pointing this out just to see if he’s paying attention. 

Back to the reporter – Steve is the same reporter who shared the original WYMT video of the Dukes of Hazzard cast appearances in Hazard Kentucky in 1981.  We featured this video in our June 5th article.  This reporter has been very kind to Dukes fans, so we figure it’s only fair to give him a big salute here on HazzardNet.  Steve, you might just be our Fan of the Month for September, at this rate!

At the end of the Hazzard Homecoming newscast, there’s a hint of “more to come” from Dukes cast members during the next Black Gold Festival in Hazard, Kentucky.  We don’t  know if that means they’re just going to recap the 1981 highlights, or if there’s direct cast involvement in this year’s event.  We’ll try to find out!

Dukes Fans Heading to Hazzard Homecoming!

If you don’t have tickets to Hazzard Homecoming, no worries! You can buy them this weekend at the event in Sperryville, Virginia on Route 522. Call around, and you might find a hotel room in the towns of Front Royal, Luray, or Culpeper. Sperryville itself is a sleepy town of 350 souls, so be prepared to drive a little for your bed.

Tips for first-timers: Pack a cooler with plenty of bottled water and snacks. Bring hand sanitizer, bug repellent, and sunscreen. Don’t forget the camera! Bring something to carry around all your Dukes goodies in.  

Plan for hot weather and pack some just-in-case rain ponchos. There are no refunds on account of weather conditions.

Admission is $15 for 1 day, $20 for the weekend. Kids 10 and under free, adults over 65 free, active military members with ID, free.

Autograph fees vary by cast member, ranging from $5.00 on up, for stuff you bring.  If you buy an item from a cast member, the autograph is usually included. Note, autographs cannot always be personalized and each cast member has their own policy.  

A good autograph strategy is to purchase a photo that has more than one cast member on it. For example, Cathy and Sonny will both be there. Sonny usually has a good Enos/Daisy photo. If you buy it from him, he’ll sign it, then you can have Cathy sign it too. Cathy might charge a few bucks for her part, but you’ve got the idea.

Autograph lines for John, Cathy and Jimmy tend to be long.  John is only there Sunday, and because of that, his line is probably going to have an extra wait.  So plan your Saturday autographs around who you really want to see the most; get in that line first; then get in line for the next person, ect.  Cast members do their very best to try and meet everyone. As long as you get there early, and you’re patient, odds are you’ll get to see most everything and everybody. Gates open at 9 am Saturday and 9:30 am Sunday.

Travel safe, and enjoy yourself at Hazzard Homecoming!  Share your experiences with us in our Forums or on Facebook!

Enos Attracts Pretty Girls!

Daisy Duke has competition! This pretty gal in the photo is Alyssa, the 2011 Rock Island County Fair Queen. Unable to resist a man in Hazzard County uniform, she’s seen here with Sonny Shroyer, otherwise known as Deputy Enos Strate, during his appearance in East Moline, Illinois on July 19.  Sonny was accompanied by a General Lee and a Hazzard County patrol car. It was all part of “Dukes of Hazzard Night”  at the Quad City Speedway.

Sonny’s a genuine good ol’ boy, and his charm lights up a room wherever he goes. If you didn’t get a chance to meet him yet, you’ll have another opportunity at Hazzard Homecoming on August 13 & 14 in Sperryville, Virgina. More on that soon!

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.

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