Haggard home has been at museum a year: When will it be ready?

A historical architect and the staff of the Kern County Museum — recently renamed Kern Pioneer Village — are doing detective work to discover what Merle Haggard's home looked like when he was a child. The home now sits among the 50-plus other structures at the county-owned museum.

It was one year ago this week that country music icon Merle Haggard made what would be his final public appearance in his hometown.

How fitting then that the occasion wasn’t a concert but something far more personal than even his music: his childhood, his home, his family, his Oildale.

He and his wife, sister, son and other family members — plus dozens of fans — watched as the singer’s childhood boxcar home was hoisted from its foundation, loaded on a flat bed and hauled from El Tejon Avenue to the Kern County Museum.

Later, when asked to speak,

Sweet treats like these from Gimmee Some Sugar, De Coeur Bake Shop and Tastries Bakery will be at Sugar Fest this Saturday. Bakers from these businesses will also lead demonstrations on decorating a drip cake, buttercream techniques, making macarons and working with fondant.

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Jay Corona served as an usher at the Civic Auditorium for the concerts given by the Rolling Stones in Bakersfield on July 24, 1966. In the center is the set list he found on the floor near the drum set of Stones drummer Charlie Watts. Also pictures are ticket stubs from other shows Corona worked or attended.

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