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Opry Night brings music and family fun to Williams April 11

The Williams Opry Band entertains the crowd at last spring's Grand Opry Night. The band will be back for this year's event on April 11 in the Rodeo Barn. Clara Beard/WGCN

The Williams Opry Band entertains the crowd at last spring's Grand Opry Night. The band will be back for this year's event on April 11 in the Rodeo Barn. Clara Beard/WGCN

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Who says you have to go to Nashville to experience the Opry? The Williams Habitat for Humanity is putting on its semiannual Grand Opry Night April 11, complete with live music, raffles, an auction and a cakewalk.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Williams Rodeo Barn at the corner of Airport and Rodeo roads.

Opry Night has taken place in Williams since 2003. Habitat for Humanity member Bud Parenteau said the event helps raise money for the organization to build affordable homes for low-income families.

"We're just about ready to start our third (house), so we're going to need some money to keep that going," Parenteau said. "It really is the support of the community that's gotten us to where we're at."

The price for Opry Night is $3 for students and seniors, $6 for adults and $15 for a family of four or more. Tickets will be available at the door.

The main event will be live entertainment from the Williams Opry Band, which includes Greg Mendonca, Patrick O'Brien, James Justham, Katie Wamble and Debi Campbell. The band will play country, western, gospel and 1960s music.

The ever-popular cakewalk will also take place, with between 20 and 30 sweets up for grabs. Besides cakes, treats such as cupcakes or cream puffs may also be donated as prizes.

"They're all homemade cakes, nothing store bought," Parenteau said.

Attendees can also enter to win auction and raffle items, including gift certificates to local stores and restaurants, handmade items such as a wood carving, a clock and a quilt, a signed photograph of a Phoenix Suns player, tickets to an Arizona Diamondbacks game and a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.

"There's probably close to 100 different prizes," Parenteau said. "There's a lot of really nice stuff in there."

This year, the Williams Kiwanis Club is bringing back its spaghetti dinner before the Opry Night. The dinner takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Rodeo Barn. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for kids ages 12 and younger. Ernie Hernandez will cook up the meal. Kiwanis will use the money raised from the spaghetti dinner for its scholarship program.

Parenteau encouraged the community to attend the events to support the local organizations.

"Come and have a good time," he said. "There's even a place where you can dance if you want to dance, and real good music, and the cakewalk...and people can win all kinds of prizes."

More information is available from Parenteau at (928) 635-4393.

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