Woodstock-like gospel event planned in Missouri

POPLAR BLUFF, MO. (AP) - A southeast Missouri man will host a five-day event in June that is set up like Woodstock, but with what he calls an opposite message.

Jerry Murphy owns a 400-acre farm in Butler County just northeast of Poplar Bluff.  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" June 14-18.

The gathering will feature gospel music and religious speakers.

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

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

Officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department say they're worried about not having the resources to staff an event that's rumored to possibly bring in up to 100,000 people.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Butler County Sheriff's Department, and the Poplar Bluff Police Department would staff the event.

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Some information from: Daily American Republic, http://www.darnews.com

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