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Dukes of Covington
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As the sun began to set, the Covington square began to fill with die-hard "Dukes of Hazzard" fans.

Fans filed in to catch a glimpse of the "Hazzard County" Courthouse, the location of the most beloved jump in television history, and the Covington square played host to the Dukes of Hazzard Cruise-In.

On Wednesday night, the Covington square was filled with fans from all over the country - even some from overseas - gathered together to share a common bond, their love for the "Dukes of Hazzard."

"It is the No. 1 family show of all time," Leigh Ann Drake a fan of the show from Evansville, Ind., said. "My whole family loves the show; the kids love it, and we are glad they do. There is no bad language or violence, and we don't have to worry about them watching it. We wouldn't have missed this for the world."

Others who occupied the square came from as far west as Montana and as far east as Southampton, England.

"I have always loved the show," said Don Johnson, a Montana resident. "It is a good ole' fashioned southern show that your 2-year-old can watch, or your 90-year-old grandmother."

Beyond their desire for good, clean family shows, the Hazzard fans all came for one major reason. They drove for miles and miles to see the General Lee.

Often said to be television's most famous car, the 1969 Dodge Charger painted burnt orange with a Confederate flag on the top, has won the hearts of fans world wide.

"It's the car," Mike Haymon, of Southampton, England, said. "I fell in love with the car the first time I saw the show when I was 16 years old. It is sporty and a perfect example of an American muscle car."

General Lee was best known for its long jumps, many close encounters with the law and spine tingling adventures and has created a life-long legacy for itself.

"The cars were always so fascinating," Brad Johnson from Montana said. "I mean who wouldn't want to watch a show about fast cars and a girl? Besides every guy wants to see a 1969 Dodge Charger jump."

Circled around each car, the fans were able to see the original General Lee, which was jumped in 2004 at Oxford College along with other privately owned General Lees. Several Hazzard County Sheriff's cars filled in other spaces. One was driven from New Jersey.  

Jullian Witt and Kevin Shook of Sportswood, N.J., drove their imitation Hazzard County Sheriff's car 14 hours to be apart of the event.

Dressed in their Hazzard County Sheriff's uniforms, the two played the parts of Rosco P. Coltrane and Enos Strate.

"I fell in love with the show the first time my dad ever showed it to me, Witt said. "I started watching it when I was 8 years old and have been watching it ever since."

Since the first five episodes were filmed in Covington, the Hazzard fans took this as their one opportunity to see the original sights and sounds of the show.

"We got a map from the visitor's center and spent all day driving around looking at the sites," said Hayman. "We were able to see the courthouse, the orphanage and the Boar's Nest Bar."

Excited they were able to see Covington up close and personal, the fans say the real fun doesn't start until this weekend.

On Friday and Saturday, the Atlanta Motor Speedway will be hosting "Duke Fest," where there will be contests, opportunities to meet some of the original cast, and a General Lee jump. For more information visit