Second annual Kern County Nut Festival teaches people about the importance of nuts in the community

More than 10,000 people expected at event

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Across the nation, Kern County is known for its production of nuts and on Saturday, thousands came out to celebrate at the second annual Kern County Nut Festival.

Dozens of different kinds of nuts - from pecans, almonds to walnuts and pistachios - were brought in by several local nut producers at the Kern County Museum. 

"Nuts are a huge portion of our agriculture and so it's really important to we feature it and showcase the wonderful farming that we have here, and [that] we feed the world," said Beth Pandol, of the Kern County Nut Festival. 

Kern County is one of the top producers for almonds and pistachios in the country. Research shows that in 2012, local farmers harvested over 393 million pounds of almonds. 

"We think it's important that the Kern County community learns what we do here. It's a huge industry," said Debbie Peters, of Supreme Almonds. 

From cinnamon sugar almonds to honey-roasted types, a local business called "From the Farm House" specializes in almonds seasoning - and their almonds are all local. 

The festival, which expected more than 10,000 people is giving back to much needed programs at the Kern County Museum. 

"It's really important [to] maintain these wonderful old structures we have here," said April Verhoef, from "From the Farm House."

And although it's their second year, organizers hope the festival continues to grow. 


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