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By Dana Merryday
Chronicle Columnist 

The Western Oregon Opry Part II -'Touch a Hand, Make a Friend', the Opry onstage Expo 86


February 7, 2019

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One very special song in the repertoire was "Touch a Hand, Make a Friend." This song was the central message from the little town of Cottage Grove, to reach out the hand of friendship to all of the Opry's audiences, and make a friend if you can.

Last week in this column, you were either introduced to or were reminded of a Cottage Grove cultural institution: The Western Oregon Opry. This week we learn how the Opry went international, representing Cottage Grove at the World's Fair, Expo 86, held in Vancouver, B,C. on July 5th, 1986.

Expo 86, World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, which ran from May to October, coincided with Vancouver's centennial, and was opened by Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

July 5th was Cottage Grove Day, and over 100 Grovers had made the trip - most of the City Council, The Western Oregon Opry...

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