AWARD: George D. Hay Vice President Bob Ross and Bonnie Cohn, left, present awards to Maxine Brown and Bonnie Brown of the famous country music trio Jim Ed Brown and the Browns at the recent George D. Hay Induction and Awards ceremony held at Mammoth Spring. Photo/Gale Foster
ENTERTAINMENT: Brenda Barnett, Gordon Rhodes, and Sandra Rhodes entertained the crowd at the 10th annual George D. Hay Induction and Awards ceremony held recently at Mammoth Spring. The show was dedicated to late fiddle player Dusty Rhodes, Gordon Rhodes and Brenda Rhodes' father. Photo/Gale Foster
MAMMOTH SPRING -- The George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame and Foundation of Mammoth Spring held its 10th annual Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Show Sept. 17 at the Country Music Association Hall of Fame.
The show was dedicated to the memory of fiddle player Dusty Rhoades who was a 1998 George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame inductee.
The program got started with country music by Sandra Rhoades, Brenda Barnett and Morgan Haney, all of Mammoth Spring, Roy Fuller of Thayer, Roger Williams of West Plains and Larry Rowe of Thomasville. Gorden Rhoades of Nashville, Tenn., and Ty Ledbetter of Pocahontas, Ark., also performed.
Jim Owens of Branson, who is a supporter of the foundation and a 2002 Hall of Fame inductee, performed two songs.
"The George D. Hay Hoedown Award is given in honor of musicians that played for the hoedown Mr. Hay attended on a trip he made to Mammoth Spring in 1919, giving him the idea for the Grand Ole Opry," Hay Hall of Fame and Foundation Vice President Bob Ross said.
This year's Hoedown Awards went to Nellie Brown of Franklin, Ark., T.D. Sublett of Hardy, Bob Cooper of Salem and the late Randy Reddick, with his wife Billie accepting the award. Billie Reddick also helped perform two of her husband's songs. Both Cooper and Reddick were backed by the Hardy Junction Band.
Inductees into the George D. Hay Hall of Fame were Col. Larry Fuller, Martha Carsen, Mel McDaniel and Jim Ed Brown and the Browns.
Ross said stars who were present for the show included Maxine Brown of North Little Rock, Bonnie Brown Ring of Dardanell, Ark., and Larry Fuller of Richman, Ky. "Mel McDaniel sent a message on a CD accepting his award," Ross said.
The show ended with Sandra Rhoades and Brenda Barnett singing a song they wrote about Dusty Rhoades.