Country Music Hall of Fame

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It might not be the "Grand Ole Opry", but Muskingum county has a country music ceremony of its own.

This is the 27th year for the Country Music Hall of Fame Day. It was started 26 years ago by Ray Owen to honor musicians, singers and square dance callers.

"I stand up there, and you see the look on the people’s faces." explained Phil Barnett, Publicity Chairman of the event. "They’re forgetting their troubles just a little bit while they’re out here. They’re singing the old songs. This is bringing back memories to these people that maybe back when they were dating their spouse, who maybe has moved on, has died, or something."

The hall of fame has 370 members, 120 of those are still living. Barnett says the faces have changed over the years, but the music is still the same.

"All of the funds that we realize today goes to charity. We keep nothing for ourselves. It’s a love deal, and we just like to get together and have a good time."

Crystal Crawford, Rosa Ramey, James Tilley, and Tom Harmon were inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday.

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