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Ben's already announced he's gonna do it again. Yes, Virginia, there IS a 2012 Hazzard Homecoming, August 11 & 12. Same location as last year in Sperryville VA. This will be the biggest annual Dukes of Hazzard fan gathering of the year. (formerly known as "DukesFest".) This is the fastest we've seen him announce the next year's event, so he must have somethin' cookin'! No other details are yet public. As soon as they are, we'll post more. Any of ya'll coming from a distance might wanna read through our 2011 forum threads about Hazzard Homecoming, in reference to hotels and such. Sperryville is a scenic area, but the town itself is tiny. You'll have to stay at another town for a hotel unless you opt to camp near the event. Ben usually has a hotel booking code that gets you a convention rate. But if you book via Expedia this far out, you might do just as well on cost. Glad to see Ben's throwing another shindig. Hopefully we'll see a lot of the Dukes of Hazzard cast there!
Rick Hurst, otherwise known as Deputy Cletus Hogg, will be at Cooter's Place in Gatlinburg on July 01, 2011. He will also be at Hazzard Homecoming in Sperryville VA on Aug 13-14. See our homepage for other Dukes of Hazzard cast appearances.
If you don't have tickets to Hazzard Homecoming yet...so what. You can buy them at the event, which is good news for last-minute planning! The event location is slightly different than the original Sperryville location of DukesFest, but not by much. Instead of being on Hwy 211, it's on Route 522. What's that mean locally? Well, if you're on 211, turn into the town of Sperryville itself to get on Route 522, and then keep going a little ways. The closest towns likely to have hotel rooms are Front Royal, Luray, and Culpeper. Luray was pretty much booked up last I checked. Front Royal had places open but they were higher $. Do some google searches and book a room now if you're pretty sure you're going. It's wise to pack a cooler with bottled water, soda, snacks. Hand sanitizer, bug repellent, and extra tissues for those unreliable porta-johns are all good ideas. Remember this event offers "festival seating"...which is to say, there ain't any. Bring your own milk can, bar stool, or patio furniture. If all else, roll up an old blanket and bring it along. Forecast thus far is chance of T-storms and highs in the mid 80's. It'll probably change by the weekend, but odds are it's gonna be hot/humid so plan accordingly. Did I mention bottled water? Better bring rain ponchos or light jackets just in case the weather breaks, though. There are no refunds on account of weather conditions. Now on to the fun stuff! Bring a camera. Bring a smile. Bring money! Remember ya need $15 minimum to get into the gate. (kids 10 and under free, adults over 65 free, active miliary with ID, free.) Expect autograph fees of anywhere from $5.00 on up, depending on the cast member and situation. If you buy an item from somebody's booth - say Rosco, for example - whatever you buy from him directly includes his autograph. But if you bring something up to him you brought from home, or purchased from somebody else's table, you'll probably pay at least $5.00. Not a big deal, really, but just be aware of that fact and plan accordingly. And it's not always possible to have the autographed personalized. Especially when lines are long. Again this varies by cast member, and how long the line is, ect. A good autograph strategy to keep in mind, is to purchase a photo that has more than one cast member on it - especially if the other cast member(s) are at the same event. For example, Cathy and Sonny will both be there. Sonny usually has a good Enos/Daisy photo. If you buy it from him, he'll sign it, then you can have Cathy sign it too. (perhaps for a nominal fee, but you got that by now.) Autograph lines for John and Cathy and Jimmy tend to be long. John is only there Sunday, and because of that, his line is probably going to have an extra wait. Plan your Saturday autographs around who you really want to see the most; get in that line first; then get in line for the next person on your gotta-see list. Cast members do their very best to try and give each fan a chance at meet n' greet. So long as you get there early, and you're patient, odds are you'll get to do most everything you want to do. Gates open at 9 am Saturday and 9:30 am Sunday. Note, HazzardNet is NOT officially connected with Hazzard Homecoming. The above info is provided as an FYI based upon our own prior volunteer experience with these shindigs. Travel safe, and have fun! We want to hear all about it when you're back.