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The Cesar Chavez Festival: a celebration of hard work and community

Posted at 6:48 AM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 09:48:13-04

The Kern County Fair is weeks away, but the Cesar Chavez Festival will be taking over the fair grounds this Sunday for a celebration of unity.

While the event is for the entire community, it developed its roots for those who might be over shadowed. Organizers say the impact of this event can be felt by everyone, not just local farmers.

"We can't forget about the impact farmers have on our economy. It's something that we have to continue to keep in mind," La Campesina radio host Marimar Flores said.

The Cesar Chavez Foundation owns The Beat 103.9 and La Campesina 92.5. The two stations often link up to help the community in any way that they can.

Radio personalities DJ Ogre and Danny Morrison from The Beat are the hosts of a number of events happening at the festival. These two are all about fun and giving back by giving parents a day to relax and unwind.

“All these hard workers that can’t afford to take their family to six flags or something, we can give them one day of fun. It’s free... it's just a day to bring your family out and be one together,” DJ Ogre said.

Organizers from the Cesar Chavez Foundation set up their festival in a total of 48 hours. All of Friday and Saturday they will be working to accommodate at least 20,000 people.

When Morrison, Flores and DJ Ogre aren't in the studio working local airways, they are out in the field giving back to causes they care about.

Flores takes part in events like weekly "quadrillas," where she and her team will head out to local farms to give workers lunch, clothes, shoes and anything else they may need.

“It's very rewarding when people tell us that thanks to one idea, one thought, one effort, today they feel appreciated," Flores said.

Morrison and DJ Ogre came to the Cesar Chavez Foundation owned station because they wanted to be a part of something that was doing more than playing music on the radio.

"We've worked commercial radio for a long time and we wanted to go somewhere that understood that it's not just about music, it is about giving back to our community and helping as many people as possible," Morrison said.

The gates of the festival open at 11 a.m. and the celebration will go "until the wheels fall off," as Morrison put it.

People can expect many festivities like a health fair, car show, concerts and more.