WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Come one, come all to the Grand Opry Night at the Williams Rodeo Barn on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy an evening of good music, lively dancing, tasty food, refreshing beverages, raffles and door prizes.
Now in its 20th year, this semi-annual Williams tradition, held at the northeast corner of Airport Road and Rodeo Road, is a fundraiser that benefits the Williams chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Long-time event organizer Ruth Sanzari has recently stepped down from her position but will still be involved with the Opry, just in a reduced capacity. According to Opry Band member Debi Campbell, she has taken over as music coordinator and the board has taken over putting together the Opry as a whole.
"Other than the [Williams Opry] band, everybody who's performing is new. The Opry band is pretty much the same, we do have one other person helping us this time though," said Campbell, music coordinator and guitarist. "The other people who are entertaining have not done the Opry before, but they're all local people, so they're real excited and so are we."
The Opry's main attraction is always the music, but the ever-popular cake walk is back as well. Hot dogs, water, and soda will be available for purchase also.
"The food is very reasonable," Campbell said. "The hot dogs, water and soda are all sold for $1 each. And what's really great is the prices for getting in have never changed since we started this event in 1993."
Entrance to Grand Opry Night is $6 for adults and $3 for students and seniors over the age of 62. Tickets for families of four or more are just $15. All tickets are available at the door the night of the event.
"The Opry can hold close to a couple hundred people," added Campbell. "The last Opry we raised the most we have ever raised, over $1,300. Since we started we've raised over $27,000 total. We feel that's a great accomplishment and we're proud to keep going."
Opry-goers are encouraged to come early to look over all the raffle prizes and auction items up for bid. This year's featured item to be auctioned off is a vintage 1970s Seeburg Stereo Jukebox. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
Campbell said she looks forward to seeing everybody come out and enjoy the over two hours of music, entertainment, dancing, and socializing. The Opry loves to welcome regular patrons and also newcomers who may be experiencing the event for the very first time.
"The event usually ends around 9 p.m.," Campbell said. "It's a real fun time, for attendees and performers, for everybody."
For more information, or to donate an item for raffle or auction, call Campbell at (928) 699-5747 or Sanzari at (928) 635-0386. In addition, be on the lookout for an upcoming letter to the editor and an article by Campbell for a full list of all the performers. All proceeds from the concession sales, raffle and auction also benefit the Habitat for Humanity Williams chapter.