Opry Celebrates 85 Years

Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton helped the Opry celebrate its 85th birthday.

Some of country music’s biggest stars and more than 8,800 fans packed the Grand Ole Opry House Saturday night (10/9) to celebrate the Opry’s 85th Birthday. Among the many artists marking the occasion were Trace Adkins, Roy Clark, Dolly Parton, and Taylor Swift. A giant cake was brought onstage for the event, which occurred days after the Opry returned home to the Opry House following the devastating May floods.

Fun continues this month at the Grand Ole Opry, when the “Opry Goes Pink” on Friday, Oct. 15. Together with Women Rock For The Cure and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Opry will join in the fight against breast cancer by turning its signature barn backdrop pink for the show. The Judds will do the honors of flipping the switch to “go pink.” Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and FOX News anchor Greta Van Susteren will be guest announcers.  In addition to The Judds, the show will include performances by John Anderson, Joey + Rory, Marty Stuart, and others as well as special activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease.

Mention the code OPRYPINK when ordering tickets via telephone (800-SEE-OPRY) or when purchasing tickets online (opry.com), and $5 from the sale of those tickets will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure and the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Special VIP Pink Packages are available at opry.com and include a meet and greet with The Judds.


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