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The Grand Ole Opry Celebrates 40th Anniversary- Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Grand Ole Opry House celebrated its 40th anniversary this weekend. It is the sixth home for the Opry, is the only building specifically made for the show.

Saturday night country music stars like Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, got the party started with their performances. March 16th, 1974 the Opry House opened its new stage with President Richard Nixon and Roy Acuff, a yo-yo enthusiast.

Brenda Collard and Dan Rogers work at the Opry and also released their book: "Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry." The co-authors took some inspiration from Garth Brooks quote: "The real show is backstage."

Brenda Colladay said, "It's like a family reunion and you see things backstage that you wouldn't see anywhere else."

The book also includes hundreds of photos and artwork displayed in the Opry backstage.

Dan Rogers says, " I've just appreciated the traditions of the Grand Ole Opry my entire life, so  it was an honor for me to capture some of the great stories."

The Opry gave a gift to the public, offering free tours for anyone that came today.

Anyta McDonald is a Fox 17 employee and a tour guide at the Opry House.

Anyta McDonald said, "  I feel my grandparents here, I feel my friends here, this to me is home.  I am blessed to have this job."

Chris Siemer, Opry House visitor said, " We like to celebrate with everyone whose enjoyed this wonderful institution over it's lifetime and look forward to many more years."

For more information on the 40th anniversary events coming up, and how to get a copy of  "Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry" click here.

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