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Milano's first ever Spring Sweep, Opry deemed 'success'

Organizers moving singing show to school due to large response

Reporter/Marie Bakken 'SHINING STAR'—An elbow in a soccer game had Mason Roach, 8, of Willis "Singin' the Blues" at Saturday's first-ever Milano Opry. See story and more photos, page 6C. Reporter/Marie Bakken 'SHINING STAR'—An elbow in a soccer game had Mason Roach, 8, of Willis "Singin' the Blues" at Saturday's first-ever Milano Opry. See story and more photos, page 6C. MILANO- Hundreds walked the streets of downtown Milano Saturday during the city's first ever Spring Sweep. The event was held to help fund-raising efforts for the city's Bailey Bank Building Restoration Project. The building is the oldest remaining in the downtown.

Patrons enjoyed an antique car and motorcycle show, minirod tractor pull and a variety of food vendors during the day. Saturday night saw more than 100 people attend the first ever Milano Opry at the civic center.

Opry organizers Lynn Martin, Tim Martin and Billy Barnett said they were thrilled with the turnount and have since made the decision to move to a bigger venue.

"We were so excited with such a great turnout," Martin said. "We have approached the school and it sounds like we will be moving the Opry to the high school cafetorium."

With the change in venue and other details to be ironed out, Martin said that the next Opry will be held in two months on Saturday, July 18.

Steel guitar players Billy Barnett (left) and Ronnie Vaughn were part of the Milano Opry house band Saturday night that welcomed many special guests including fiddle player Don George (center) of Lockhart. Reporter/Marie Bakken Steel guitar players Billy Barnett (left) and Ronnie Vaughn were part of the Milano Opry house band Saturday night that welcomed many special guests including fiddle player Don George (center) of Lockhart. Reporter/Marie Bakken Musical guests at Saturday's show included Dennis Ivey, found of the Texas Opry in Crockett, eight-year-old guitar player/singer Mason Roach of Willis, fiddle player Don George of Lockhart, and Rockdale's Denise Doss. Concessions were sold by the Bailey Bank Building Restoration committee.

At the car show, 41 entries lined the main drag of downtown. Car show organizer Les Davenport listed the results as follows:

Best In Show- Jonathan Eaker, 1979 Corvett, Bryan.

Mayor's Choice- Jonathan Eaker, Bryan.

Best Pro Street- Jonathan Eaker, Bryan.

Best Street Rod Closed- Eddie & Cindy Bell, Milano.

Best Mustang- Thomas Murphy, Lexington.

Best 1973 & Older Car- Charles & Elizabeth Whitley, Houston.

Best Convertible- Bill Newbury, Milano.

Best Antique (under 1955)- JoAnn Newbury, Milano.

Forty-one entries were on display at the first ever Milano Classic Car and Motorcycle Show held as part of the Milano Spring Sweep event in downtown Saturday. Forty-one entries were on display at the first ever Milano Classic Car and Motorcycle Show held as part of the Milano Spring Sweep event in downtown Saturday. Best Orphan Car- Dream Cars, Lexington.

Best 1973 & Older Truck- Jeff & Mickey Meadors, Rockdale.

Best Street Rod Open- Eddie & Cindy Bell, Milano.

Best Muscle Car- Craig Crowe, Milano.

Best Antique Motorcycle- Danny Crowe, Milano.

Best Custom Motorcycle- Neal Ferrell Jr., Rockdale.

Best Original Motorcycle- Wesley Brizendine, Rockdale.

Best Orphan Truck- Billy Merkord, Taylor.

Best Rat Rod- Billy Merkord, Taylor.

Ladies' Choice- Jonathan Eaker, Bryan.


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