Country Music Veterans Gather for Annual ROPE Dinner

The Reunion of Professional Entertainers Award Show and banquet takes place Thursday (Oct. 5) as part of Country Music Week. The annual event, which started in 1983, recognizes country music legends and behind-the-scenes industry professionals such as songwriters, session players, media personalities and booking agents. This year’s ROPE Entertainer of the Year award nominees are Bill Carlisle, Jean Shepard, Carl Smith, Mel Tillis and Porter Wagoner. After the award show, Leroy Van Dyke will give a special performance of some of his late ’50s and early ’60s hits including “Walk on By” and “The Auctioneer.”