Traditionally the biggest production of the year, the anniversary show will feature Mia Orosco of Lorena, Jo Marie Prukop of Bishop, Stacey Stark of Portland and special appearances by special band guests, David Crawford of Corpus Christi and Gerry Payne of Bandera, along with the award-winning Country Opry Band.
“We’ve been trying to get Mia on the show for two years,” said Jay Monrad, show organizer.
Orosco is the two-time winner of the junior division in the Old Time Fiddling Association state contest, the junior division winner of the Texas Championships in Hallettsville, and the junior division of the Colorado State Championships. In fact, the teen has won just about every contest she’s entered.
The granddaughter of Onofre Orosco of Refugio and the daughter of former Refugio resident Nonie Orosco, Mia began playing at the tender age of 5. This year, Mia will cut her first CD.
Stacey is a noted crowd-pleaser and has been gracing the stage on the Opry circuit since 1990 in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. She has performed the role of Patsy Cline at the Harbor Playhouse in Corpus Christi.
“She just keeps getting better,” said Neal Haertig, show organizer.
Jo Marie, 22, began performing in Opry shows across South Texas when she was 8. Not only does she sing, but she is an award-winning Native American Dancer and snake handler.
“Jo Marie loves to sing opera,” said Opal Monrad, show organizer. “This young lady is talented.”
David Crawford, master of the ivories, is a former member of the band. He now entertains at the Republic of Texas Restaurant, atop the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi.
“You’ll see why music is his profession,” Haertig said.
Another former band member Gerry Payne will join the Opry Band on state with his sax and fiddle.
To date, the Opry has contributed more than $50,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from the three county high schools.
The Fierova family will have a full food court with plate dinners, burgers, desserts, drinks and a whole lot more.
“Come early to get a good seat and have dinner with us,” Jay Monrad said.
Show time is at 7 p.m.