The ‘Dukes’ reunion returns to its roots

Hazzard Homecoming

Two days of family fun runs from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 13) and 9:30 to 7 Sunday (Aug. 14) at Thornton Hill Race Course, on U.S. 522 three miles south of Sperryville, with “Dukes of Hazzard” cast members, bluegrass and country music, General Lee car show, wrestling, bike stunts, kids activities, fireworks and more. For tickets and information, visit cootersplace.com or call 615-872-8358. Tickets ($15 per person, $20 for a two-day pass) available at the gate. Kids ages 9 and younger, seniors 65 and older and active military get in free.

Though “Catherine Bach” never quite became the household name that “Daisy Duke” did – Daisy being the character Bach played for six years CBS-TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard” sitcom from 1975 to 1985 – households are still something dear to the 57year-old actress’s heart.

Households, that is, being the place where families congregate.

For Bach, that family includes the astonishingly extended family expected to gather at this weekend’s “Hazzard Homecoming” in Sperryville.

Catherine Bach in a 2007 photo by Reggie Bibbs via Wikimedia Commons.

Like the earlier Duke Fests that Rappahannock’s Ben “Cooter” Jones and his wife Alma Viator first began at their Cooter’s Garage in Sperryville years ago (before the event outgrew the place and moved to Nashville and elsewhere), the event celebrates the cast, the cars and the southern-fried spirit of a show that started an international Dukes juggernaut — still going strong 25 years after filming stopped . . .

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