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You’ve driven by it. On your way to Ashland, or Louisville, or that day you were gonna go to Wolf Trap to see Gordon Lightfoot and then thought, Fuggit, let’s keep going; we’ve got a picnic basket and it’s a beautiful day. And there, nestled into the scrub by the side of the road in front of an inviting shack, was the General Lee, the ’69 Dodge Charger that became the most famous personality, next to Catherine Bach’s short shorts, to come out of The Dukes of Hazzard’s six-year run. And you thought, What a wonderful world it would be if there were multiple General Lees, dozens of them, all scattered around Cooter’s place like giant poppies. Well, Clem, your dream is about to come true. Ben Jones, the actor who played Cooter, now acts as proprietor of aforementioned roadside attraction Cooter’s Place, a paean to his years on the show and its fast-driving, fun-loving way of life. (He’s also the frontman for Cooter’s Garage Band.) In honor of the family action-comedy, Jones presents the Second Annual DukesFest, at which dozens of General Lees (the series went through about three Lees a show) will be on display, along with Sheriff Little (Don Pedro Colley), Deputy Cletus (Rick Hurst) and—oowee!—Miss Daisy Duke (pictured, with our friend Cooter) herself. There will also be food, bluegrass and country music, mechanics, and even some of the show’s stunt drivers to show how it’s done. Eat, drink, and get buck-wild, and remember the Hazzard County maxim: Nothin’ says lovin’ like oglin’ your cousin. Honk “Dixie” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, at Cooter’s Place, 11691 Lee Highway, Sperryville, Va. Free. (540) 987-8545. (Arion Berger)