By Julie Reliford
The last time that country music legend Jeannie Seely visited the Crawford County Fair was on August 28, 1992 when she received several special honors in recognition of her 25th anniversary as a member of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry. When she returned to Crawford County last week, it was to play a show that celebrates the Opry’s 90th birthday. Her stage set up included a replica of the famous wooden circle in the center of the stage, as well as the iconic Opry microphone stand.
It’s fitting that Seely be the one to celebrate the Opry’s birthday with Crawford County folks since she has a history with the fair that goes all the way back to her childhood. “I’ll always remember my excitement as a kid surrounding the fair,” Seely notes. “Growing up we raised strawberries on our little farm outside of Townville and a lot of the kids in the area picked strawberries to earn money to go to the fair … so the excitement had quite a while to build!”
“Of course, so many families had made or raised things they were entering in the competitions and that was something else to look forward to,” she adds. “That’s also where I learned that motion sickness did not just happen in the backseat of the car … it could occur on amusement rides too!”
Jeannie Seely is in the sixth decade of her entertainment career that began when she was 11 years old singing on a WMGW morning radio show. She has had success as an actress, author, songwriter and singer, but mostly she is known as being an amazing entertainer. She was first to wear a mini-skirt on the Grand Ole Opry stage and has always been known as an individualist. She’s been credited with changing the image of female country performers and her infectious humor has always been one of her trademarks. She has been a member of the Grand Old Opry since 1967 and is thrilled to be hosting and performing at the Opry on any given weekend that she is in town.