Nestled between the Blue Mountain Inn and the Country Vittles Restaurant on the main tourist drag in Maggie Valley, the Opry House, with a 300-seat auditorium, is a modest building that's set back behind a gift shop, almost hidden from view of the main road. The show at the Maggie Valley Opry House typically opens with a medley of bluegrass and old-time tunes performed by members of the house band. Then--to enthusiastic applause from the audience--Raymond Fairchild, a celebrity in Maggie Valley comes onstage and joins the group. His extraordinary, lightning-fast bluegrass banjo style becomes the focus of the evening's performance from that moment forward. Born on the nearby Qualla Boundary, the homeland of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the gold record artist began playing banjo at eighteen years old. Raymond shares the stage with a slew of other talented musicians, and even an occasional comedian. Meanwhile, Shirley Fairchild sells soft drinks and bags of popcorn at the concession stand.