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'Dukes of Hazzard' star returning to Carlisle Chrysler NationalsTom Wopat scheduled to appear Friday and Saturday of event weekend

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Actor Tom Wopat will appear at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals later this month.
Actor Tom Wopat will appear at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals later this month. - (Photo / )

Luke Duke is making a comeback — to the midstate, that is.

More than 30 years after "The Dukes of Hazzard" left CBS airwaves, actor Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke in the popular car-themed TV series, will appear at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals later this month.

The show is one of a dozen collector car and truck gatherings hosted each year by Carlisle Events. The events overall generate about $100 million in local economic impact annually, Carlisle Events spokesman Michael Garland said.

The company was founded in 1974, and in 1981 purchased the Carlisle Fairgrounds for its shows. That's where nearly 3,000 vehicles from all eras of the Chrysler brand will be on display for the upcoming three-day event, set for July 14 to 16.

The gathering is expected to attract nearly 50,000 people, Garland said.

Wopat, who will appear during the first two days, previously visited in 2015. While he may be best remembered for his role as Luke Duke, Wopat also has had turns on daytime and nighttime television, as well as in commercials, Broadway musicals and films.

Wopat's upcoming midstate appearance will come in conjunction with a business run by another former Dukes co-star. Ben Jones, who played Cooter, owns and operates a Dukes-themed gift shop, Cooter's Place, in Virginia. The store will have a presence on the Carlisle midway, and that is where guests will find Wopat for photos and autographs.

For more information, visit the Carlisle Events website.

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