BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The Kern County Fair is officially postponed this year and while the "full" experience will have to wait until 2022 the board decided smaller events can take place.
The major issue discussed on Monday is that the fairgrounds is currently home to a mass vaccination site and the contract for that to continue would start during the time the fair would take place. The board went back and forth on whether or not to renew the contract trying to think of other ways the fair could happen including happening at a later date or in conjunction with the vaccination site.
"If we can just step up and donate and really help pool the effort in conjunction with the staff, we are still four months away. I'm fighting for the right to party as the lyrics go. I need this. My family needs this and I don't think we are alone in," said Lucas Espericueta, a member of the fair financial committee.
In the end, due to contracts and state authority behind the vaccination site, the motion was made to postpone the fair. However, there will be a livestock show and the board is working to have a festival in the fall.