The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is unveiling a new exhibit honoring the Bakersfield Sound on March 23, and the Nashville Visitors and Convention Bureau is trying to ensure Kern residents get in on the fun.

The Bakersfield Sound Giveaway will fly one lucky winner to Nashville to see the exhibit and attend a concert by Merle Haggard at the Ryman Auditorium on April 11.

The winner also will receive two nights of hotel accommodations (April 11-12), two passes to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, two tickets to the Haggard show and two tickets to Opry Country Classics, among other prizes.

Enter by April 2 by visiting the convention center's website:

The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, a 5,000-plus-square-foot exhibition, will close Dec. 31, 2013.

If you don't win the sweepstakes, you still have a chance to see Haggard here in his hometown, when he performs at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace on March 30 and 31. The shows starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets range from $65 to $85, plus service charge, and may be purchased by calling 328-7560, 322-5200 or visiting

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