Hazzard County supports troops
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.