Let’s face it.  The only reason most of us of the male gender watched the old “Dukes of Hazard” TV series was Catherine Bach, who played Daily Duke and who paraded around in a pair of tight denim cutoffs and a strategically-buttoned blouse that showed about as much cleavage and bare midriff as broadcast TV allowed in those days.

True, the Appalachian South as portrayed on the broad TV comedy wasn’t anything life really is here in moonshine country — even in the bad old days — and while we have more than our fair share of country beauties, they didn’t as a general rule strut around like Daisy. But what the hey. As a young man, we didn’t read Playboy for the articles and we sure as hell didn’t watch Dukes of Hazard for the dialog.

The Dukes are long gone, except on nostalgia TV satellite channels and Tom Wopat and John Schneider disappeared into a morass of forgettable made-for-cable movies but Catherine Bach — as the photo below shows — can still fulfill out fantasies as Daisy.

Daisy’s short shorts became so popular that the style became known as “Daisy Dukes” and the look spawned “Daisy Duke” beauty contests that live on today.

So when a group of mostly regional beauties turned out for a “Daisy Duke” contest at Black Bear Harley-Davidson in Wytheville last Sunday, it had to be preserved on video for — we can claim — historical perspective.

It was a tough, demanding job but someone had to preserve the moment for history.  That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

Catherine Bach nowadays (left) and as Daisy Duke (right). Still looking good.

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