BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Fair, "Best in the West" opens Wednesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 29 and promises great entertainment and food.
Get your full mobile fair schedule for Sunday, September 29 here: http://bit.ly/1aUq7gx
Concerts include Uncle Kracker, REO Speedwagon, Zendaya, Jo Dee Messina, Starship, Los Lobos, The Four Tops, Dustin Lynch/Lucky Ned Pepper, Kutless, Hollywood Stones, Lonestar and Banda la Costena with Ana Victoria.
Everyday entertainment includes the turkey stampede, pig races, mining game, elephant rides, "Jamie Oliver Food Revolution," carnival rides and games and more.
The fair is open the following hours:
Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, September 27, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sundays, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Kern County Fairground is located at S. Union Avenue and Ming Avenue.
PHOTOS | Kern County Fair 2013 here: http://bit.ly/18i4vII
Admission to the fair is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children younger than 6, active and retired military.
Admission is cheaper if bought in advance online, at $7 for adults and $4 for children 6-12. Carnival ride wristbands are $25 if bought in advance.
Parking is $5.
A special for Monday, September 23 is called "Monday Madness," which is $5 admission to the fair until 9 p.m.
A donation of four cans of food gets you free admission on Tuesday, September 24.
Kids get in for free on Thursday, September 26.
The fair's most popular food items are BBQ, cinnamon rolls, funnel cake, corn dogs, baked potatoes, smoothies, pizza, gelato, Mexican corn on the cob, Basque fare, and curly fries.
New specialties are on the menu for 2013. Mac's has a koolickle (dill pickle in Kool Aid), maple bacon sundae, roast beef sundae, chocolate-covered bacon, torpedo dog, fried zucchini strings, and chocolate strawberry waffle balls.
You can get Mexican fish, ceviche and shrimp tostadas, and shrimp, octopus and abalone cocktails at JLQ.
Everything Cheese has deep fried grilled cheese sandwiches, deep fried baked potatoes, and deep fried porkchops on a stick.
Deep fried banana and pineapple bits, red velvet funnel cake, maple syrup and bacon funnel cake, PB&J sandwiches in powered sugar and funnel cakes on a stick are featured at Toucan.
Mustang and Burro Program
The Kern County Fair and the Bureau of Land Management have partnered to offer an adoption program for mustangs and burros.
Eligible exhibitors and guardians will have the opportunity to adopt a mustang or a burro and train it and bring it back to the Kern County Fair in 2014 to show in a special Mustang Burro Class.
The first Kern County Agricultural Fair was held on August 5, 1916.