Chicken House Opry returns

For a while it seemed that Valley favorite, the Chicken House Opry, would not be available for entertainment this season due to the poor health of owners Robert Reed and Lucy Jackson. However, a new group has stepped up and will be operating the Opry this year.

One On The Mountain, featuring Jim Hughes, Russ Guyer, Shirley McCord and Deanna Weis will be in charge of the Opry.

According to Jim Hughes the format will change somewhat. “No two shows will be the same. There will be very little comedy and the headliners will have the bulk of show time.  One On The Mountain will open at 1:30 on Saturdays and Sundays and play for about 20 minutes before introducing the headliners for the day.  We may even do some weekday shows depending on how the season starts. Tickets for shows will be $11.”

“The band has a fiddle, bass, keyboard, lead and rhythm guitar. The headliners will do about 45 minutes before the break and return for another 30 minutes after the break. One On The Mountain will take the show out at the end.”

  “We will offer Lucy’s popular World Famous Peach Cobbler with ice cream, hot dogs, chili and other items at the refreshment stand before the show and during intermission.”

Hughes said the Opry bus will be available to go to parks and pick up groups to come to the shows. Call Jim at  (904) 233-3230 to make reservations for a bus or email them at

“We are looking forward to a great year. We have booked favorite headliners David Church, Leona Williams and Ron Williams, Alaska String Band, and John Rex Reeves.  We also have booked Vern Young, Farnum Family, The Kenastons, Lindley Creek, The Punches, Star Fire, The Pellitiers, Cross Strung, Sherwin and Pam Linton, and many others as headliners for the new season.

Grand opening is Dec. 22, 1:30 p.m. with “One On The Mountain" and guests. Special ticket price will be $5.

A special Christmas show will feature Jerry Bennett Dec. 23, at 1:30 p.m. Christmas Day will be a potluck, at 1 p.m., with a free show at 2 p.m..

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