Thursday, June 08, 2006

DukesFest: They sure came from far and wide!

They're calling it a crowd of 100,000 at this year's CMT DukesFest at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville. They're also calling it the largest crowd ever at these Tennessee state fairgrounds. Well, we already know it's the largest crowd ever for DukesFest, which has its roots in Sperryville, Va., with the first event in 2001. Each of the first three yearly gatherings had a few thousand people attending, and the event just grew and grew until last year's DukesFest, sponsored by CMT like this year's, drew between 30,000 and 40,000 at the Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.

In these couple-a shots, you can see the Sea of Lees lined up along the raceway. Another Lee was charging around the track, offering rides to attendees. At the bottom, Ben Jones does his hostly duties -- and a whole lot of performin' -- from the trackside stage.

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV

BRBTV birthdays this week:
- Gary Graham, who made a couple appearances on "The Dukes of Hazzard" and whom BRBTV just likes anyway, turned 46 on Monday, June 6.
- Colleen Camp, one of the Jenna Wades on "Dallas," turned 53 yesterday, June 7.
- Andrew Stevens, who was the slightly weasely Casey Denault on "Dallas," turns 51 this Saturday, June 10.

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