"Last year, the fun part of the theme was a white trash celebration," O'Toole said. "We were celebrating
The same theme still applies, but this year's
The event is a music festival featuring a variety of musical acts, from country to rock, from original songs to '90s cover songs. Food vendors and camping are also available.
O'Toole put together a similar event last year at his home near
"It was a two-day event, and we had a good turnout with no problems," O'Toole said. "It was a hit. People have been asking me about another one all this last year."
He said he didn't have any immediate plans to host another event.
But when he heard that the museum was looking for help, he saw an opportunity to hold the festival in an easier area.
The museum is a worthy cause as well, he said.
"I enjoy history, and I've been in and out of that museum," O'Toole said. "It's a little organization that doesn't get too much help from government funding, and I'd hate to see it die or go to waste."
The museum is home to some unique historical items, including an antique aerial fire truck, replicas of mining camps, a large steam shovel used in the
The site also houses a one-room schoolhouse and the H.R. Brown general store.
Proceeds will help the museum's daily expenses.
O'Toole hopes to draw a crowd of about 200 and raise about
The lineup for this year's festival includes several local favorites, including:
--Bill and Monica's Excellent Adventure, a '90s cover band.
--Sextonic Plates, of which O'Toole is a member. The band recently performed at the
--For the Wolf, a band based out of Tulsa.
--Fred vs. Red.
Want to go?
Weir Merica will be held from
Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of
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