The Kern County fair has been around for over a century. This year, it’s getting a pandemic-era makeover.
That's right, the fair is going virtual this fall, as is the reality for large group gatherings. The best part? It’s free!
“Some people just can’t imagine a year without a fair. The end of September, everyone looks forward to coming out and getting that traditional Kern County spirit. We wanted to bring something that still brought that spirit that ‘hey, the fair is still here,'" Chelsey Roberts Facility Marketing Representative of the Kern County Fair said.
The community can enjoy entertainment like racing pigs and magicians on their screens on their own time.
“They’re going to be making us little videos to show everyone, things like concessionaires making how-to fair food at home," Roberts said. "Although you can’t come here and get your traditional fair food like usual, hopefully you can take advantage of those little opportunities at home.”
The livestock show will also be remote. Children will have a show and tell of their animals at home and submit to the judges for results.
For residents who want their fair food fix, the Kern County Fair plans to host a drive-thru with options every weekend of the event.
And online shoppers, this one’s for you: Roberts says that having a virtual vendor store opens up the realm of possibilities!
“We are not limited on space virtually, so anyone who wants to participate in the virtual vendor store totally can," Roberts said. "Just reach out to us and we can get you more information and help out the community.”
The fair kicks off online, September 22. For anyone who has a hard time seeing the fair go after October, guess what? Roberts said that these features will live on the Kern County Fair’s website for the rest of the year.
Check the 23ABC website calendar for more information.