TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Entertainment

August 7, 2013

‘Cooter’ to be NIBROC Parade Grand Marshall

‘Dukes of Hazzard’ actor Jones to ride in ‘The General Lee’

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Word on the street is that in the event one of the vehicles at Thursday’s NIBROC Parade breaks down, they’ll have a mechanic on the premises to fix it.

But they’ll have to get Cooter Davenport out of “The General Lee” to do it. Which could be a little tricky, since Cooter’s the Grand Marshall of the parade.

It’s official. “Cooter” — played by actor Ben Jones in the popular early 80s TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard” — will be in Corbin as the NIBROC Parade’s Grand Marshall. He’ll be riding in the famed orange Dodge Charger “The General Lee” with the car’s owner, Chris McQueen, of Corbin.

“He will be there on Thursday for the parade, provided the parade isn’t washed out,” Tamara Malloy, the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s executive assistant, confirmed Tuesday.

The 2013 NIBROC Parade starts at 7 p.m. in downtown Corbin.

Unlike recent years when the parade was on Kentucky Avenue, this year’s parade will start at 19th Street, then roll downtown on Main Street.

Those participating in Thursday’s parade will line up at 6 p.m.

In case of rain, the parade will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday.

McQueen’s a longtime friend of Jones and his wife, Alma, who both live in Virginia. He’s also worked with Jones and some other “Dukes” cast members on shows along the eastern part of the country.  

He said Tuesday the invite to Jones to come to Corbin worked out quite well.

“Ben has a show at Renfro Valley this Saturday. I told him that I’d be riding the General Lee in the NIBROC Parade, and we’d sure like to have some folks down from Hazzard County come ride in the parade. He and his wife both agreed to come down this Thursday,” McQueen pointed out in a phone interview.

Jones will also be at the Corbin parade to promote his appearance at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Rockcastle County this Saturday. As Cooter, he’ll perform on stage with “Cooter’s Garage Band,” as well as to meet and greet at Renfro Valley. Showtime there is at 8 p.m.

After the “Dukes” series left CBS in the mid-80s, Jones later began his political career, and served two terms in Congress as a member of the House of Representatives from Georgia from 1989-1993.

He and his wife are the proprietors of “Cooter’s Place,” the “Dukes of Hazzard” museum and shop in Gatlinburg and Nashville, Tenn. They also founded “Dukesfest,” a huge annual gathering of Dukes’ fans.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there’s a good chance for thunderstorms are in the forecast for Thursday’s parade. McQueen’s hoping the possible stormy weather will hold off by parade time.

“I am worried about the rain chances, but hoping and praying it won’t wash us out. People see the General Lee out and about in Corbin, but you never see Cooter riding in the General Lee in the middle of Corbin. This Thursday at the NIBROC Parade, he’ll be there as the Grand Marshall,” he said.

1
Text Only
Entertainment
  • Floss, Pyatt to perform at Corbin High

    Promising “An Evening of Fun and Entertainment,” humorist, comedian and storyteller Howard Floss will join multi-award winning singer and songwriter Dale Pyatt on stage in Corbin on Saturday, May 17.

    April 16, 2014

  • Arena home to circus two nights in May

    It’s been said everyone loves a circus. With that being said, “The Greatest Show on Earth” is coming to Corbin next month.

    April 16, 2014

  • 0413 Redbud Festival.jpg Redbud Fest kicks off Friday

    The Redbud Festival is right around the corner for Barbourville.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0404 empty bowls.jpg Hunger Paints

    As she dipped a paint brush in a container of bright purple paint, Sarah Pedersen announced her design plans for a clay bowl she held.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0401 Ride for PRIDE logo.jpg Gates open Wednesday for Ride for PRIDE event

    Ride for PRIDE begins Wednesday and continues through Sunday, with trail rides taking place through the Daniel Boone National Forest and festivities taking place at the London Drag Way at 3385 White Oak Road in London.

    April 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Storyteller at Corbin Library next week

    Calling himself “an unsung ambassador for Eastern Kentucky, professional Appalachian storyteller, author, poet and humorist Stephen Hollen steps in to Corbin for an event next Tuesday, April 8.

    April 1, 2014

  • Native American Weekend kicks off Friday

    Native American culture is coming to Cumberland Falls this weekend.

    March 27, 2014

  • Grills Gone Wild BBQ .jpg Grills Gone Wild BBQ Festival begins Friday in London

    Get ready for some serious weekend grilling! The Grills Gone Wild Barbecue Festival, organized by the Inferno Group of Harrogate, Tenn., is finally here and will begin its festivities Friday.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0325 Brian Theodore.jpg A well of hope for a dry village

    Four years after a horrific earthquake shook the Caribbean nation of Haiti, a Corbin artist hopes a picture he painted will help get a simple water well built in one Haitian village.

    March 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Humane message: primates aren’t pets

    Monkeys might be cute, but they do not make good pets.

    March 24, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter