Key Energy rig to demonstrate modern well-pulling plus all the regular events and the barbecue

The West Kern Oil Museum’s annual Pioneer Days celebration will be held Saturday, May 4 with some new wrinkles.

Key Energy Co. is bringing an oil well servicing rig to demonstrate modern-day “well pulling” operations.

The event will feature its traditional antique gas engines, model railroad and a barbecue and plant sale.

Westside area quilters also will be on hand giving demonstrations and displaying and selling their handmade crafts.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. and activities will run until 4 p.m.

The barbecue – prepared by Oxy Elk Hills – will be dished up beginning at 11:30 a.m.

A donation from Fred and Barbara Holmes is used to purchase the beef and chicken that will be served along with salad, beans, rolls and desserts made by Museum volunteers.

Admission is free, but the cost for the barbecue is $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 10.

All of the Museum’s buildings and exhibits will be open, and a 50/50 drawing will be held.