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Opry 8th anniversary show set for Feb. 4
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Crowdpleaser David Crawford, king of the ivorys, will return to the Refugio Country Opry Thursday, Feb. 4, for its special anniversary presentation.
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Country music fans are expected to arrive in Refugio next Thursday for the biggest live-music show of the year.

Show time begins at 7 p.m. for the Opry’s eighth anniversary music extravaganza on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Refugio County Fairgrounds Expo Center.

Taking center stage will be Mike and Dale Bishop, known as the Ozarks’ favorite couple at the Pine Mountain Theater in Eureka Springs, Ark. The couple have been in the business for 30 years and produce their own show in Eureka Springs.

The award winning Country Opry Band will also welcome Stacey Stark of Portland; Jo Marie Prukop of Bishop; C. J. Goodwin of Houston; and David Crawford of Corpus Christi.

Stacy began singing on the Opry circuit in 1990 and is a crow-pleaser wherever she goes.

“You will love her powerful voice and beautiful smile,” said Neal Haertig, show organizer.

Jo Marie, 20, attends Texas A&M Kingsville and has been performing at Opry shows since she was 6. She loves to sing Opera.

“We heard a sample and all we can say is ‘wow;’ this young lady is talented,” Haertig said.

C.J. is a Bible instructor at the Open Door Mission in Houstin for men recovering from substance abuse and she sings with a band called Sterling.

“You will like this lady, she is a great entertainer.

David plays the ivories in whatever form, piano or keyboard. Anyone who has come to the Opry show will remember his talent..

David is the regular pianist at The Republic of Texas Restaurant, atop the Omni Hotel.

“You will see next Thursday night why music is his profession,” said Opal Monrad, organizer.

The acclaimed Opry Band includes Eddie Maxwell, lead guitar, of Cuero; Randy Boyd, who plays steel and lead guitar of Victoria; John Sullivan of Victoria, bass guitar; Bud Whittington of St. Paul, rhythm guitar; Buddy Boehm of Hallettsville; Gerry Payne of Bandera, fiddle, sax, mandolin and accordion; Ralph Knippa of Woodsboro, rhythm guitar; David Waters of Victoria, lead guitar; Rodney Raines of Woodsboro, drums and several other instruments; Jay and Opal Monrad of Woodsboro, back-up singers; and Neal Haertig of Woodsboro, back-up singers.

Come early and enjoy the fine cooking of the Fierova family. The snack bar has plate specials and a large variety of hearty delectable cuisine and snacks.

All profits made from the Fierova family concession stand go towards the Opry County Scholarship program.

In the past seven years, the Opry has awarded more than $38,000 in scholarships to county students.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the live-music show still only costs $5.

For information call Jay or Opal at 361-543-4297, or Neal at 543-4924.
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