Christian 'Woodstock' coming to southeast Missouri

Friday, February 12, 2010 | 10:43 a.m. CST

POPLAR BLUFF — A southeast Missouri man will host a five-day event in June that is set up like the 1960s Woodstock festival, but with a different message.

Jerry Murphy owns a 400-acre farm in Butler County. The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic says he has linked with a group of ministers from around the country to host the gathering called "Wilderness Outcry" on June 14-18.

The gathering will feature gospel music and religious speakers.

Murphy says the original Woodstock in 1969 marked a retreat from Judeo-Christian values in American culture. He hopes his Wilderness Outcry festival helps turn that around.

Admission will be free, though Murphy may charge for camping to help recover the cost of hosting the event.


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