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McCauley hosts annual Olathe Grand Ole Opry

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Photo by Kaylee Dunham Nolan McCauley, 83, lets his great-grandson, Patrick, 7, take the stage as the Hampton brothers, members of Nolan's acoustic group, play at the Olathe Grand Ole Opry. This annual bluegrass event takes place at the McCauley home one

The 24th annual Olathe Grand Ole Opry was held July 22-23. Live bluegrass music is the main feature of this event; however, a potluck is also included.

People travel from all over the United States to attend this event. Some pitch tents in the McCauley's front yard while others take their campers and motor homes down to the river bottom past the McCauley's pasture.

The first day anyone who wants to get on stage and play is welcome, but after everyone shows up for the second day, groups sign up for designated times. Musicians hand pick their own group members, and they have no more than 30 minutes to play. When they're not hanging around the stage, folks gather around their camping area playing or listening to music.

Nolan McCauley, the organizer of the event, started the Olathe Grand Ole Opry as a simple way to play music with friends and while that is still its purpose, the numbers have grown over the years.

McCauley said that he imagines next year will be his last year. "If I'm physically able we're going to have 25 years of the Olathe Grand Ole Opry and I'm going to retire," Nolan McCauley said.

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