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Country Opry anniversary show re-set for tonight at Expo Center
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John Sullivan, a long-time musician on the award-winning Opry Band, will be on stage playing bass guitar and doing comedy routines.
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The organizers of the Country Opry anniversary show were expecting between 600 and 700 country music fans last month but freezing rain and a fresh arctic front kept the attendance below expectations. So, the all-star show is re-set for tonight (Thursday, March 5) at the Expo Center.

Special guests include Jo Marie of Bishop, Ronnie Murray of Mathis and Henry Hosek of Victoria, along with the award-winning Country Opry Band.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 Admission remains at $5.

Marie was a very young girl when she first started singing in Refugio.

“She is a very accomplished singer and along with having a great country western voice, she can also sing opera,” said Neal Heartig, organizer. “We are looking forward to having Jo Marie back with us.”

Ronnie has been on the show once before and has performed on most of the area Opry shows.

“Ronnie has a good voice and you’ll enjoy his performance here at the Opry,” Haertig said.

Hosek is noted for his fiddle.

“A very good fiddle player, Henry also has a great singing voice,” Haertig said. “ The audience will really enjoy this man.”

Henry plays in the Victoria Opry, and will be sitting in for Gerry Payne for a couple of shows.

The Fierova family provides an food court with a variety of crowd-pleasing dishes.

“Like the Opry all their net proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for graduating seniors so come early and eat with us,” said Haertig.

The organizer said last month’s show didn’t meet their expectations so they rescheduled another big show.

“We need the support of our local people,” Haertig said. “These are your children and grandchildren that are getting these scholarships that we give away. Please come out and support the Opry.”

The Opry asks for prayers for Ralph Knippa, a Country Opry musician who had a stroke a few months ago.

“He is still very ill,” Haertig said. “Please remember him in your prayers.”

For more information call jay and Opal and Jay Monrad at 543-4297 or Neal and Linda Haertig at 543-4924.
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