Haz­zard County sup­ports troops

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Some South­ern roy­alty of sorts with Cov­ing­ton roots will be cel­e­brated on Satur­day when down­town Cov­ing­ton plays host to a ben­e­fit for troops serv­ing over­seas.

The event, Haz­zard County Sup­ports Our Troops, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on the square and will cel­e­brate the tele­vi­sion show “The Dukes of Haz­zard,” which was par­tially filmed in Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County.

Ex­pect repli­cas of the Dukes’ car the Gen­eral Lee, a Haz­zard County pa­trol car and other clas­sic cars at the event. There also will be a chance to buy raf­fle tick­ets for such items as Haz­zard County T-shirts, and to pro­vide cash do­na­tions and to give other items to Op­er­a­tion Sand­box, which pro­vides toi­letries and other items to troops serv­ing in Afghanistan and Iraq. Rusty Cash, a Boss Hogg looka-like from Ten­nessee, will be on hand at the event, and Haz­zard Life, a ven­dor from Ten­nessee, will sell Duke T-shirts, hats and other para­pher­na­lia.

The 1970s and 1980s tele­vi­sion ad­ven­tures of the Dukes, cousins Bo, Luke and Daisy, and Un­cle Jesse, and their en­coun­ters with Boss Hogg and Sher­iff Rosco Coltrane, still have their en­thu­si­asts, in­clud­ing Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent Rose King, or­ga­nizer of the event.

With its Cov­ing­ton ties and her en­thu­si­asm for The Dukes, this type of an event was a nat­u­ral tiein to a fundraiser for Op­er­a­tion Sand­box for her.

She’s mar­ried to Al­bert Lan­dis. The mil­i­tary con­nec­tions run deep in their fam­ily, with six of her chil­dren, stepchil­dren and their spouses in the ser­vice. One is serv­ing over­seas now, one just got back and an­other is ready­ing for de­ploy­ment, she said.

Op­er­a­tion Sand­box sends lit­tle items that make life eas­ier for those serv­ing in war zones. It helps sol­diers with no fam­ily or whose fam­ily mem­bers are un­able to help out and pro­vides them with such items as drink mixes and snacks.

“Op­er­a­tion Sand­box needs all the help they can pos­si­bly get,” King said.

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