KERNVILLE, Calif. - One of the biggest celebrations in the Kern River Valley kicks off on Friday.
Whiskey Flat Days is held every Presidents' Day Weekend and will run Friday through Monday in Kernville. The theme for the 61st annual event is 'Takin' Back Time.'
Whiskey Flats begins on Friday with history and gunfights at the Whiskey Flat encampment. At 1 p.m., the Golden Gulch opens with crafts, handmade jewelry, info booths and art vendors. The Schoeppner amusement carnival starts ta 5 p.m., full of adult and children's rides and games. A music and street dance will be at the main stage from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by a movie night at the Kernville Elementary Auditorium. The movie, Border Patrol with Hopalong Cassidy, was filmed in Old Kernville before the Isabella Dam was constructed.
On Saturday, shops and food vendors open at 9 a.m. The Whiskey Flats Days Parade starts at 10 a.m. followed by the carnival that opens at noon. At 1 p.m., catch the Wild West Daze Rodeo. You can bet on your favorite jumping frog at the "First Heat" Frog Jumping Contest at 2 p.m., followed by a repeat screening of the Border Patrol with Hopalong Cassidy film.
Sunday's events start early with the Whiskey Flat Encampment opening at 8 a.m. and shops and food vendors at 9 a.m. The carnival and Whiskey Flat encampment are open on Sunday, as well as another "Final Heat" Frog Jumping Contest. Sign up for the adult and child's 1860's costume contest for judging at 1:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., the Whiskey Flat Mayor Campaign Winner will be announced.
Whiskey Flat Days wraps up on Monday with vendors, shops and concessions open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.