Grand Ole Opry comes to Neepawa


By Micah Waddell
Neepawa Banner & Press 

The original Grand Ole Opry began its life as a radio show in Nashville, Tennessee and became so much more.

Now in Neepawa, the Beautiful Plains Archives is presenting its own rendition of the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m, in the Roxy Theatre. This event will include music from artists such as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Lorrie Morgan and many more. All performers are local and who knows, maybe some of them will surprise you with their hidden talent.

The Beautiful Plains Archives has been serving the area for a very long time, providing a valuable service to communities within the region. Board member Helen Drysdale says, “The archives do not receive the support or interest they require from the outlying communities that they serve.”

The goal of this Grand Ole Opry is to raise funds for more archival storage equipment for the original copies of archived items. The originals will eventually be scanned, but until then, they need to be stored safely and correctly, so future generations may have their chance to rediscover their family’s heritage.  The archives and museum both have welcomed visitors from all over Canada looking for information into their family history. Anyone looking for information on their families may contact the head archivist Norma Forsman at (204) 841-0409 by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail at Box 67, Neepawa R0J1H0. As well, the archives office which is located in the Beautiful Plains Courthouse building on Hamilton Street in Neepawa, is open Fridays from 9 a.m to 12 p.m.

Tickets for the Grand Ole Opry will be sold at Arts Forward and Harris Pharmacy. Adult tickets for $20 and student tickets for $10.