This year’s Kern County Fair expects to be big on family entertainment and savings. The annual county fair, which will run from Sept. 22 to Oct. 3 plans on being the ‘Best in the West’ once again.
This year the fair will offer more discounts and free days while packing in the fun, so you can splurge on getting an extra corn dog for the road.
“This year is we’re having more discount (admission) days for children and adults,” said Bill Blair, chief executive officer of the Kern County Fair. “We want to make sure everyone comes out.”
On opening day, Sept. 22, come between 3 and 5 p.m. and get into the fair for free. Don’t miss the Opening Day Parade at 5:30 p.m.
During Kids DAZE on Sept. 23 and Sept. 30, children 12 years old and under get in for free. Also, on these two dates, San Joaquin Community Hospital will be on hand to give free immunizations. Just bring your child’s immunizations record.
Other discount admission days are: Monday Madness on Sept. 27 when admission is only $3before 9 p.m. for all visitors 6 years of age or older, Sept. 24, is free admission for seniors 55 years or older, and 2-for-1 Wednesday on Sept. 29, when you’ll get two adult admissions for the price of one. The 2-for-1 special will be offered for $8 until 9 p.m.
After the family is done spinning and twirling on the carnival rides, there’s plenty to do. You can visit the Exhibit Buildings and Community Exhibits or go to the Livestock Barns and Pavilions or watch hypnotist Tina Marie, during her one of her two shows nightly or stop by the Turkey Stampede, where visitors can win free coupons for Subway sandwiches. Even the little ones, won’t get bored.
“There's lots of things to do at the fair with the kids,” said Blair. “We have the Calico Corner and Russell Brothers Circus.”
As for other entertainment, there’s a little something for everyone. On Sept. 25 at 8 p.m., Air Supply will be singing their classics like “All Out of Love” and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” at the Budweiser Pavilion.
Country music fans are in for a treat with concerts by Pam Tillis with special guests Williams and Ree on Sept. 24. and Clay Walker on Sept. 26. Both shows are at the Budweiser Pavilion and start at 8 p.m.
For those Motor Cross fans on Saturday, Sept. 25, The Digger Helm Short National racers will kicking up a lot of dirt and dust in the Grandstand at 6 p.m.
Seniors (62+): $7
Children (6 to 12): $4
5 and under: FREE
Carnival Wristbands Available Daily: $30
Monday to Thursday: 3 to 10 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 24: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 1: 3 to 11 pm
Saturdays: Noon to 11 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 10 p.m.
Fine Arts, Harvest Hall, Community Exhibits and Hobbies close at 10 p.m.
2010 Concerts at the Budweiser Pavilion
Wed, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.- Morris Day and the Time, presented by Mas Magazine
Thursday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Friday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.- Pam Tillis with special guests Williams and Ree
Saturday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.- Air Supply, presented by Bakersfield Family
Medical Center/ Heritage Physicians Network
Sunday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.- Clay Walker, presented by Total Comm/ AT&T authorized dealer
Monday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.- En Vogue
Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.- Collective Soul
Wed, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m.- Tower of Power
Thursday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.- Kutless
Friday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.- Guess Who, presented by Eagle Mountain Casino
Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.- Beatlemajesty
Sunday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.– Ninel Conde, presented by Eagle Mountain Casino
Free shows in the Grandstand
Saturday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. - The Digger Helm Short National, part of the West Coast Vintage Dirt Track Series.
Sunday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.- Lucha Libre, World Power Wrestling with special guests Hector Dominquez and his Dancing Horse and La Internacional Sonora
Sunday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m.- Fiesta Rodeo, a traditional Mexican rodeo complete with roping and bull riding.