Friday, October 12, 2007

"Dukes" Cruise arrives in Covington

The Cruise has arrived in Covington, and the fun here at the birthplace of "The Dukes" has begun. The Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise, organized by Wayne Wooten, rolled into town yesterday afternoon after a week of seein' the sites around North Carolina, Tennessee and northern Georgia. And last night, the group settled into the Super 8 Motel on Archovy Road in Covington (exit 92 off Interstate 20, in case you can make it!) to relax, view some video footage of what's happened so far, and chat.

Above, Wayne gives cruisers a glimpse of some of the goodies they'll see this weekend at the Covington arm of the trip. He's got all kinds of stuff he's accumulated over the years -- Jerry Rushing's boots, Uncle Jesse's hat, an original General Lee license plate and more.

Here, Scott, a "Dukes" fan from Pennyslvania, showed BRB one of his treasures: Sorrell Booke photos and autographs. Booke, of course, has passed on (and really would've loved events like this, us fans surmise!), but while the show was still airing, round about 1981 or so, Scott guesses, he got the opportunity to meet our own Boss Hogg at an appearance. Rosco's "fat little buddy" was only too happy to oblige with not only one autograph but two. And what is that paper he was signin'? Well, glad you asked -- Booke flipped over two pages from the script for the October 1982 episode "Big Daddy"! Wow! Is that like givin' a fan the shirt off your back, or what?

Watch for more photos of the event this weekend, because it's all just startin' up .... And if you can make it out to Covington, remember you'll meet not only James (Rosco) Best and Byron (Coy Duke) Cherry), but some of the mechanics and stunt guys who helped make the show great.

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV

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