And they just don't understand that.
"Our disappointment comes from how many hundreds of thousands of people live in
"If everybody pulled together, it would be done."
But they have made some headway. About
"It's going to happen. Our hearts' desire is that we do it before we lose Lillian or Merle," said Sharmon, referring to the country legend and his older sister,
The next fundraising event will be held the evening of
Families are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and blankets, though "Okie dinners" of pinto beans, fried potatoes and cornbread will be sold as well.
The highlight, however, will be a rare opportunity to view several of the museum's Bakersfield Sound artifacts, said curator of collections
In fact, the proceeds of the event are earmarked not for the house-moving project, though honoring Haggard's legacy certainly is part of the fundraising goal. The gate receipts will benefit an ongoing effort to build a Bakersfield Sound exhibit at the museum.
"It's so baffling to us that in
"The backbone of our county is the country-western scene and oil and agriculture. Those three things make
Rankin and Sharmon will sell hats, shirts and other merchandise associated with the house-moving project at the event, which won't be their last crack at fundraising.
"We're open to suggestions," Rankin said. "We need that little boost in the arm."
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