BYRON, Ga. — Since 1994, the Powersville Opry House has been the setting for some of Central Georgia's greatest musicians.
Grover Jewell is the current president, and he's been showing up for the last 10 years.
"I love music, and I heard of Powersville for several years, but I finally came over one time through a mutual friend, and they allowed me to sing a song, and I got hooked," Jewell said.
Jewell is now a member of the house band, but he and other band members and staff don't get paid for what they do.
"There's not one salary in the whole operating of the Opry. Everyone does it for the love of the music and the love of what they're doing," Jewell said.
With free admission, he says they keep the lights on through a concession stand that's open during events and donations.
"So that's how we keep the doors open, and the people are quite generous, and we've had people donate, so we have a lot of donations too," Jewell said.
Most of the patrons are regulars, attending every Saturday.
"My wife passed away in 1998, and I didn't want to sit in the house all the time, so I started coming out here," said loyal attendee Richmond Register. "I've been coming out here all this time because I enjoy the music, I enjoy the folks and I do. I know all these folks just about, by first name, and this is good, keeps your mind busy."
The atmosphere keeps you moving, with people hitting the dance floor every chance they get.
The official 25 year anniversary celebration will take place on Saturday, August 24, and Jewell says there will be plenty of food, soft drinks, and of course, great music.
The Powersville Opry House is located at 240 Powersville Road in Byron and has bands that play every Saturday night of the year, from 4 to 9 p.m.