Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cooter, Dave DeWitt, and the Mobile Dukes Museum at the Garrett County Fair

A little while ago I was invited to the Garrett County Fair in Deep Creek Maryland by Dave and Melissia DeWitt.  I wasn't going to miss this event.  Ben Jones has become a staple at this fair and this year Dave and Melissia brought along the world famous mobile Dukes of Hazzard museum.

The fair was very nice and had all the great food and entertainment you would expect.

It was really hot outside, but luckily Dave made sure his museum was inside that giant air-conditioned main hall.  Matt Thomas brought his beautiful General Lee as well.

Dave's museum gets nicer every time I see it.  The attention to detail and amount of preparation that Dave puts into his pride and joy really shows.

I was fortunate enough to be there for most of the set up this time.  What an undertaking it is.  You might initially think he leaves the items on display, but they would never stay put while the trailer is in motion.  Dave plans, labels, and charts every piece before an event.  It is an amazing sight.  Dave's presentation is what every collector strives for, this is exactly how a collection should be displayed.

A new addition this time was a television playing the Dukes.  Now that it's not on TV, a lot of people were watching it the entire time.  Great idea Melissia and Dave.

The museum was definitely a great addition to the evening with Cooter.

Speaking of Cooter, he put on a great show as usual.  Lisa, Robby, and the rest of the Cooter's Garage Band never disappoint.

There was a big crowd for the show...

And I think every person there bought something from the Cooter's merchandise stand.  Richie and I worked our tails off selling the Dukes goods.  It was a blast.

Everyone had a great time at the concert.

Cooter and the band played a little more classic rock than bluegrass at this show.  They played several song that I've never heard them play.  I really enjoyed it.

Of course, after the show Ben signed autographs for everyone.

And I do mean everyone!  It was a long line, and a great time to talk Dukes.

Ben singed General Lees, posters, pictures, rebel flags, DukesCollector business cards, shirts, hats, and babies.

Miss Alma even signed some babies.

This good ol' boy is quite the Dukes fan.  It was really cool seeing him talk Hazzard with the county mechanic.  I think he bought one of everything we had to sell.  I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't have a Dukes collector blog in a few years.  Or whatever new thing replaces blogs before long.

His parents asked me if this Dukes thing is just a phase their son is going through.  I told him I saw that the Dukes was strong in him and they should get used to seeing orange for some time.  Oh, you didn't know that us super Dukes fanatics have Jedi mind powers?

It's always great getting to hang out with Dave and Melissia.  They put a lot of work into their Dukes displays and really love doing it.  One of the best parts of this hobby is all the great friends that I get to share it with.