Jay Monrad, one of the organizers, said the county is charging $500 for the building and $250 for non profits. The Opry is a non profit.
The Opry, which presents a show the first Thursday of each month, generated about $2,000 Thursday, Feb. 6. All proceeds go to scholarships.
Monrad was the master of ceremonies at the event, marking the anniversary of the Opry. The Opry is beginning its 12th year.
The next performance will be under the dome in Woodsboro at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6. The Woodsboro school district is not charging for the dome’s use.
“This is the last show in this building,” he added.
Monrad said since the Opry began, it has awarded $80,000 in scholarships.
“Last year, we gave $6,000 in scholarships plus another $3,000 from concessions,” he said. The Fierova family operates the concessions.
The Opry, he said, would lose about $3,000 a year in scholarship money if it paid the rent the county wants.
A crowd of 600 were in attendance at the Opry, mainly winter Texans, who considered the $5 admission a bargain for the great entertainment.
Monrad asked those from Refugio County to raise their hands. Only five were seen in the audience. All the rest were from out of town.
The anniversary show featured Sally Carlson of Geronimo, Jo Marie Prukop of Bishop, Randle Edwards and David Crawford of Corpus Christi.
The Best of the Best Opry band provided backup music for the performers.
The Fierova family operated the concessions and were kept busy at the start of the Opry performance.
All proceeds from the performance and concessions go toward scholarships.