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Boxcar Fest To Celebrate Restoration Of Merle Haggard's Childhood Home

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Kern Pioneer Village
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The Haggard family boxcar has been moved from Oildale to the Kern Pioneer Village and is being restored.

It might be the most famous boxcar in Kern County, if not the entire state of California. The childhood home of the late country music star Merle Haggard is no longer in Oildale, where it sat for decades – it’s now at the Kern Pioneer Village near the end of a two year-long restoration. The  museum is throwing a party to celebrate the completion of the project April 9th called the Haggard Boxcar Festival. Grace Martin of the museum joined us to talk about the event, which also will feature performances from Ben and Noel Haggard with The Strangers as well as other musical acts. 

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
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