Monday, August 13, 2012

Hazzard Homecoming 2012 part 1

Hazzard Homecoming 2012 was great.  I had shoddy cell phone reception and barely any wifi at the hotel so I couldn't post pictures while in Virginia.  Now that I'm home, let's dive into the the first set of pictures.

We got there on Friday.  It was in a new location, Ben Venue Road in Washington, VA.  The area was bigger than last year. 

On Friday afternoon, they had a small gathering of Dukes car owners to get cast signatures.  This was the first event of the weekend and it ran perfectly.  Every other event followed suit.  The whole weekend was full of events that ran without a hitch. 

Sonny Shroyer, Rick Hurst, Catherine Bach, and John Schneider went from car to car and signed every General Lee, Dixie Jeep, Patrol Car and other cars that showed up.  There were less than 100 people there and it was a Dukes fan's dream come true.  There was so much one-on-one time with the cast.  All the fans were very patient and no one mobbed the cast members.  It was a really nice time.

I was able to get a picture with John Schneider.

Jeff also snapped one with Bo.

Catherine Bach was also nice enough to take a picture with me.  

Sonny Shroyer is always great.  

The car owners that were there had a blast.

On the way through Sperryville, we took a picture of the original Cooter's Place.  It is now a bakery and furniture store.  

We then headed over to the Theater at Washington for the red carpet premiere of "Return of the Killer Shrews." 

The cast arrived in Dukes style.

I made my way down the red carpet with nearly as much fanfare as John Schneider and James Best.  

You can't imagine a more intimate theater.  Less than two hundred people could fit inside.  

Miss Alma and Ben made their way in...  

followed by Rick Hurst

and Sonny Shroyer.

Then came John Schneider and Catherine Bach...

followed by the stars of the evening. James Best wrote, directed, and starred in the movie, and his wife Dorothy Best produced it.  

The cast gave a presentation before the movie. "Return of the Killer Shrews" was a sequel to "The Killer Shrews" which James Best starred in in 1959.  It was a campy B sci-fi movie that garnered a cult following.  The sequel was a fun tongue-in-cheek movie that was a lot funnier than I expected.  Rick Hurst and John Schneider co-starred in the movie.  The crowd really enjoyed it.  There were a few Dukes jokes in the movie.  James and Dorothy made a fun movie, and Ben and Alma put on a great event.  

That's a recap of Friday.  I'll post more pics and stories soon.  

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