Daisy Dukes line up for contest

| 15 Feb 2012 | 08:51

TV star visits Auto Mall; cars, short shorts and fans abound Wantage — One of the good ol' boys came back to town when John Schneider visited Franklin Sussex Auto Mall on Saturday, Aug. 13 for New Jersey's Hazzard County Fair, hosted by the auto mall. Schneider signed autographs for fans throughout the day, and then was one of the judges of the Daisy Duke Look-A-Like Contest. There were General Lees and Sheriffs' cars on display for the fans to enjoy, as well as music and a free barbecue. "John is probably one of the nicest guys I've dealt with," said Bill Snouffer, general manager at the auto mall. "He is down-to-earth, a great guy. He's one of us." Schneider has been to Franklin Sussex Auto Mall for similar events in the past, with his last visit in 2009. "It's good to be here," Schneider said. It's my third time here, I'd like to come back." While visiting Sussex County, Schneider told the audience during a question and answer session, that he spent time at Crystal Springs and Snouffer said the two also played golf in Panther Valley. Schneider said he plans to return for a visit to Crystal Springs with his wife, so she can enjoy the spa and he can play golf. Schneider additionally told fans he was proud to be part of shows like "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Smallville," which have a growing base of fans each year. In addition to a still vibrant acting career, Schneider is a spokesperson for Beach Body, having lost 26 pounds with its workout plan and Shakeology nutritional shakes. A fan asked if he did the stunts on "The Dukes of Hazzard." "I did all of the fights, and driving, but none of the jumps," Schneider said. "You never know when a car is going to land on its top. We had the best team of stunt men and women." Schneider said he stays in touch regularly with co-stars Tom Wopat and Catherine Bach, and was going to see Bach at another "Dukes" event the next day in Virginia. Look-alike winners Eleven women competed in the Daisy Duke Look-A-Like contest and six small girls entered the youth portion of the contest. Caitlyn Van Sweden of Wantage won the title in the little girls contest and took home a Wii as her prize. Grand prize winner Kristin Kimball of Sussex won a 47" LCD HDTV. Brigid Rosendale of Hardyston, the runner-up, won an HP TouchPad Chelc Scymanski of Newton the second runner-up in the adult contest won an Xbox 360.