Issues & Answers: Looking back on Dukes of Hazzard cast visit to Hazard, Kentucky for the Black Gold Festival 40 years later

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 4:57 PM EDT

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - In 1981, Boss Hogg, Rosco, Cletus and Daisy visited Hazard, Kentucky for the Black Gold Festival.

On this week’s edition of Issues and Answers: The Mountain Edition, WYMT’s Steve Hensley sat down virtually with two cast members from the CBS hit The Dukes of Hazzard: Rick Hurst who played Cletus on the show and visited Hazard in 1981, and Ben Jones who played Cooter. You can watch the full episode at the top of this page.

The show had only been on the air for about two years when the cast visited. It was estimated that 100,000 people came to see them.

Rick Hurst, who played Cletus, and Ben Jones, who played Cooter, sat down for a zoom interview with Steve Hensley on Wednesday and reflected on the visit.

“The number of people and incredible heart warming, outpouring appreciation was really remarkable,” Hurst said.

Jones was not able to make the trip to Hazard, but said he could feel the excitement his cast mates experienced.

The show ended in 1985 after seven seasons but still reaches new fans to this day.

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