By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
We’ve got to hand it to the organizers of the Blue Mountain Car Show in Wheatland — they sure know how to pick their celebrity guests.
Actor Tom Wopat, best known for his role as Lucas “Luke” Duke on the hit TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” will appear at the Blue Mountain Car Show in Wheatland this weekend.
We are personally hoping someone can talk him into sliding across a car hood and hopping into the front seat.
Wopat played Luke Duke on the series from 1979 to 1985, but has regularly reprised the role over the years for TV movies and video game appearances.
Many Wyomingites might also recognize him from his more recent role as Sheriff Jim Wilkins on the “Longmire” series, adapted from Ucross author Craig Johnson’s books about Sheriff Walt Longmire. Wopat appeared in six episodes of the series over a five-year period.
In addition to his film and TV work, Wopat has appeared on stage in musicals such as “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Carousel,” “Chicago” and “Guys and Dolls.”
The car show in Wheatland will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, with the event stretching throughout downtown. Other activities, such as matchbox car races, a cornhole tournament and a dunk tank, will also be held throughout the day in the same area.
This is the second year for the event, which managed to raise more than $5,000 last summer for Project SAFE, Inc., a nonprofit serving victims of domestic violence and stalking.