AUDIO: Dukes Of Hazzard Stars Invade Dearborn Co. This Weekend
By Mike Perleberg
(left to right) The Dukes of Hazzard stars James Best, Catherine Bach, and others will appear at a fundraiser this weekend for 12-year-old Madison Kremer, who is diagnosed with CHARGE Syndrome.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – “Dearborn County becomes Hazzard County”. That’s the title of a fundraiser for 12-year-old Madison Kremer.
The daughter of Meloni Smith and Melvin Kremer is affected by CHARGE Syndrome, caused by a genetic disorder affecting the eye, heart, and other physical abnormalities. Madison is unable to speak or hear. She’s undergone 23 surgeries in her lifetime.
Melvin Kremer, proprietor of Nite Out Transportation, has organized much of the two-day event that is bringing stars from the iconic 1979-1985 television series The Dukes of Hazzard to Lawrenceburg. The Kremers are such fans of the show that one of their vehicles is a van painted in the style of the General Lee Dodge Charger driven by cousins Bo and Luke Duke.
The organizers went all out in inviting many of the shows cast members. Several of them will be in Lawrenceburg this weekend.
HEAR EAGLE 99.3’S FRED TOMLINSON INTERVIEW THE DUKES OF HAZZARD STAR JAMES BEST IN THE AUDIO PLAYER BELOW.
The fundraiser begins Friday at the Lawrenceburg High School Auditorium with a show by James Best, a Corydon, Indiana native who played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the series.
“I don’t know what would have happened to me had I not gone into acting, because I don’t think I was good for anything but acting perhaps,” Best says.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Friday and the family-friendly one-man show begins at 7:30. Best – whose acting career extends far beyond Dukes – will share clips from shows and movies he has done throughout his career. Tickets are available for $20 each.
“It’s really fun because I interact with the audience and I tell them a lot of stuff they wouldn’t know ordinarily, because a lot of actors have not lived as long as I have and I have been fortunate to have lived through the golden years of Hollywood. I give the audience a lot of the inside stuff on a lot of the stars I work with, but nothing bad. It’s comedy. I horse around,” says Best.
On Saturday, the event moves down U.S. 50 to the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. Events are planned from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. It includes an opening ceremony, car show, swap meet, Uncle Jesse’s chili and bean soup cook-off. Flash the Basset Hound and Daisy Duke and look-a-like contests begin at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., respectively.
HEAR EAGLE 99.3’S BOB SHANNON INTERVIEW THE DUKES OF HAZZARD STAR BYRON CHERRY IN THE AUDIO PLAYER BELOW.
The stars of The Dukes of Hazzard will meet and greet with the public 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Agner Hall at the fairgrounds. Those slated to appear are James Best, Daisy Duke actress Catherine Bach, Coy Duke actor Byron Cherry, Enos actor Sonny Shroyer, Cletus actor Rick Hurst, and Sheriff Little actor Don Pedro Colley. They’ll be signing autographs for fans.
Cherry says that almost 30 years after the show’s run, The Dukes of Hazzard‘s fanbase is still strong.
“Our fans are just awesome,” he adds.
More information on the “Dearborn County Becomes Hazzard County” fundraiser can be found online at http://niteouttransportation.net/.