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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Cruise Night kicks off three days of fun in Taft

  • Food, music and cruisin' Friday night with Pioneer Days on Saturday and Cinco de Mayo on Sunday
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  • There's a big weekend coming up in Taft with events spread over three days.
    It all kicks off Friday night with Cruise Night, followed on Saturday by Pioneer Days at the West Kern Oil Museum with a big Cinco de Mayo celebration on Sunday at the Fifth Street Plaza.
    Here's the rundown:
    Cruise Night
    The weathers warming up and Friday night is Cruise Night in Taft, so the downtown merchants are planning a big blowout.
    It's going to be a huge cruisin' and tailgatin' party, so come on down from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for hot rods nostalgia, good times, old friends, food and specials.
    There's going to be live music, food, stores will be staying open late with a lot of Cruise Night specials and much more.
    Ryan Coulter and Taylor Unruh from Truxtun Mile will be performing at Old's Cool Antiques and Mama's Kitchen with Keats Gefter will be performing less than a block away at Personal Style.
    Pioneer Days
    There will be something old and something new at the West Kern Oil Museum's annual Pioneer Days celebration on Saturday.
    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.
    Cinco de Mayo
    Celebrate Mexican heritage and enjoy some good food and music all day at the Fifth Street Plaza on Sunday.
    Featured events include D the Kern County Youth Mariachi performing from noon to 2 p.m., dancing horses and a talent show from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Los Dos performing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and food and craft vendors, beer and a bounce house from noon to 5 p.m.
    Admission is free.
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