30 years later: Remembering the biggest Black Gold Festival

There has probably never been a bigger crowd in downtown Hazard before or since.

An estimated 100,000 people from across the country came to see cast members of the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show during the 1981 Black Gold Festival.

30 years later, the cast still has fond memories of their trip to the real Hazard.

Daisy, Boss Hogg, Rosco and Cletus came to Hazard, Kentucky at a time when the "Dukes of Hazzard" was one of the most popular shows on television.

30 years later... we caught up with those cast members still living at last month's Hazzard Homecoming in Virginia.

They all remembered their famous trip to Hazard, Kentucky.

"We stole the name of your town for our show... just added a "z" you know... I'd like to wish everybody a happy Black Gold!" said Rick Hurst, who played Cletus.

"It just thrilled me because people came in there for two or three days, slept in their trucks and everything else and we had such a wonderful turnout that they called out the National Guard for the parade to take us down the street," said James Best, who played Rosco.

In addition to the parade, cast members were there for the dedication of the new city hall.

They were made Kentucky Colonels by Governor John Y. Brown and given keys to the city of Hazard by former mayor Bill Gorman.

Catherine Bach, who played Daisy Duke, remembers going to a party at the home of Andy Adams in Woodland Park, where she saw a home with an indoor pool for the first time!

"We had dinner around his pool in this little town and i was just amazed by it... I had the best time... I loved the people of Hazard, Kentucky," said Bach.

The man who played Enos, Sonny Shroyer, did not make it in 1981, but also spent some time with fans in Hazard in the 1980's.

"I stayed on that big ole hill up there they called La Citadelle and those people are great. We love you all up in Hazard, Kentucky," said Shroyer.

Those in Hazard might also remember that Bo and Luke Duke, John Schneider and Tom Wopat, visited Hazard in early 1982 during a concert at Memorial Gym.

Friday night on Mountain News at 6, we'll have more of our interview with James Best, the oldest living cast member of the Dukes.


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