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Restored Haggard boxcar to be unveiled during festival this Sunday

FILE -- Country music icon Merle Haggard stands in front of the boxcar that served as his childhood home in January 2015, months before it was relocated to the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, Calif., for restoration. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Merle Haggard's restored boxcar home from his childhood will be open for public viewing beginning with a festival this Sunday -- a year and three days after the country music icon's death.

The boxcar was moved to the Kern County Museum in 2015. Restoration was led by a historical architect and funded by the Cynthia Lake Charitable Trust. The Haggard family contributed artifacts.

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The festival is planned for noon to 6 p.m. at the Kern County Museum. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online by Friday or at the gate the day of the event.

The festival will include live music, food sellers, craft vendors and tours of the Haggard boxcar.

Haggard's sons, Ben and Noel, will perform from 4-5:30 p.m. with their father's band, The Strangers. Also performing will be James Carothers (noon to 1:30) and Johnny Owens & The Buck Fever Band (2-3:30 p.m.).

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