Byron to host ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ reunion next spring

lfabian@macon.comOctober 24, 2012 

Dust off your “Daisy Duke” shorts and practice your “yee-haws.” The cast of “The Dukes of Hazzard” is reuniting in Middle Georgia.

Seven of the original cast members of the 1980s television show are booked to appear March 8-10 at the old Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron for The Dukes of Hazzard Reunion, Classic Car Show and Music Festival, according to a news release from the Jones County Cruisers classic car club.

Scheduled to appear at a March 9 autograph session are John Schneider (Bo Duke); Tom Wopat (Luke Duke); Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke); James Best (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltraine); Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate); Ben Jones (Cooter Davenport); and Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus Hogg).

“It’s going to be great,” said organizer Chris Jennings, who is friends with the actors who portrayed Roscoe and Enos on the show, which chronicled the antics of cousins Bo and Luke Duke in the fictional Hazzard County, Ga.

Jennings said the cast has been involved similar reunions at racetracks across the South.

Those one-day events drew a minimum of 50,000 people, so he expects the planned three days of concerts and activities will draw a much larger crowd to Peach County.

The festival kicks off March 8, with an opening concert by David Allan Coe, the American outlaw country singer who rose to popularity in the 1970s.

Jennings also has booked Chris Hicks, Confederate Railroad, Ben Jones & Cooter’s Garage Band and other local acts.

“We’ve got a lot of bands over the three days,” Jennings said. “We are doing it big.”

More than 500 classic cars are expected, along with more than 200 replica vehicles that were made famous on the show, including the orange “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger, with its Confederate flag painted on the roof and “01” painted on each door. Its custom air horn played the first several notes of the song “Dixie.”

He expects versions of the 1975 AMC Matadors, which were used as Hazzard County police cars, and Daisy’s 1980 Jeep CJ-7 Golden Eagle with “Dixie” on the sides.

More than 200 vendors will be on hand through the festival.

Proceeds will benefit the Bradley Baptist Church Road to Hope program and the Jones County Cruisers annual charity drive to benefit local children and families.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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