Big crowd expected at tonight’s 8th anniversary Country Opry Show
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Every year the Expo Center fills to capacity with country music fans for the Refugio Country Opry anniversary show. Tonight’s live entertainment show  kicks off at 7 p.m. with musicians and artists from as far away as Eureka Springs, Ark.
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Country music fans won’t have to travel to Pine Mountain Theater in Eureka Springs, Ark., to see Mike and Dale Bishop – commonly known as the Ozarks’ favorite couple.

The Bishops are one of a dozen crowd-pleasing performers who will be on stage tonight beginning at 7 o’clock at the Expo Center for the eighth anniversary Country Opry.

The couple have been in the business for 30 years and produce their own show.

This once-in-a-lifetime show will highlight the talents of Stacey Stark of Portland; Jo Marie Prukop of Bishop; C.J. Goodwin of Houston; and David Crawford of Corpus Christi, along with the award-winning Country Opry Band.

Stacey began singing on the Opry circuit in 1990 and evokes generous applause every time she takes center stage.

“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 Houston for men recovering from substance abuse and she sings with a band called Sterling.

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

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

The acclaimed Opry Band includes Eddie Maxwell of Cuero, lead guitar; Randy Boyd of Victoria, who plays steel and lead guitar; John Sullivan of Victoria, bass guitar; Bud Whittington of St. Paul, rhythm guitar; Buddy Boehm of Hallettsville, keyboards; 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, backup singers; and Neal Haertig of Woodsboro, backup singer.

“Come early and enjoy the fine cooking of the Fierova family,” Monrad said. “The snack bar has plate specials and a large variety of hearty delectable cuisine and snacks. All proceeds from food sales goes toward the Fierova family’s scholarship.”

“This is a Refugio Country Opry you don’t want to miss,” said Jay Monrad, organizer.

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

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

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