Cooter’s to hold grand opening celebration this weekend

The star-studded grand opening of Cooter’s in the Valley will be held this weekend in Luray.

Ben “Cooter” Jones and “Miss Alma” Viator will hold the grand opening today and Sunday.  Tom Wopat, who played “Luke Duke” on “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show, will be signing autographs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Viator said the grand opening will be the first time the public will get to see the museum and the re-created Cooter’s garage from the television show. The garage will be an exact replica down to the smallest details, including the signs on the walls and the license plate numbers.

“Cooter’s is all about fun, entertainment and family,” she added.

Viator said that the weekend will also host the inauguration of the 299-seat concert hall that will feature free country and bluegrass concerts, paving the way for the The Shenandoah Jamboree that Cooter’s will begin hosting. The first performance will be held at 7 p.m. today and will feature a variety of performers, including Wopat.

Free outdoor concerts will be held every Saturday and Sunday, Viator added, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

“Music is very, very much a part of what we already do,” she said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

If You Go:

Where: Cooter’s in the Valley is located at 4768 U.S. 211 West in Luray.

Schedule of Shenandoah Jamboree performances:
• June 3: Michael Twiity (son of Conway Twitty)
• Sept. 2: Larry Stephenson
• Oct. 7: LuLu Roman & the Hee Haw Honeys
• Dec. 2: Cooter’s Country Christmas

Shenandoah Jamboree performance concert tickets: 

• $25 reserved.
• $20 general admission.
• $100 season reserved tickets.
• $75 season general admission tickets

Tickets and information: or call 540-843-2515.