Free admission from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on first day. Plenty of activities planned
Kern County Fair opens Sept. 22
The Kern County Fair will open Wednesday, Sept. 22, starting a 12-day run of free shows, concerts and special attractions. Early birds arriving between 3-5 p.m. on opening day will be rewarded with free admission to the fair.
Opening day will feature the annual kick-off parade at 5:30 p.m. and a free concert at 8 p.m. by Morris Day and the Time, presented by MAS Magazine on the Budweiser Pavilion.
There also will be two free shows by hypnotist Tina Marie, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on the Frontier Stage.
For those coming to the fair after 5, admission is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 6-12 years of age. Children 5 and under get in free. Parking is $5.
Opening day highlights include:
•Gates open at 3 p.m.
•Free activities for kids at Calico Corner and KC’s Farm – 3-9 p.m.
•Parade and Opening Ceremonies – 5:30 p.m.
•Free hypnotist show with Tina Marie – 7 and 9:30 p.m.
•Free concert with Morris Day and the Time – 8 p.m.
According to Bill Blair, chief executive officer, opening day is a favorite with many local families, especially those with young children. It gives them an opportunity to check out the sights of the fair before the weekend crowds, and identify attractions they plan on seeing during a return visit.
Kick-off parade features local bands and mascots
The kick-off parade, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will have clowns, floats, drill teams from area schools, cheerleaders, and vintage autos.
This year’s opening day parade also will feature a touch of the old west as horseback riders bring official U.S. mail from dignitaries and area schoolchildren. After the mail is delivered to the Bakersfield Postmaster during the opening ceremonies, the riders will take the lead in the opening day parade.
The Pony Express riders are members of the Frontier Days Association.
•Opening day gives fair-goers a chance to be the first among friends and family to see the attractions at the fair. Here’s a tour of some of the highlights for this year:
•The Nerveless Nocks will be bringing their death-defying high-wire act to Bakersfield. The family of stunt performers will thrill the crowds with their motorcycle show performed on a wire stretched high above the ground. A special feature of their performance at the Kern County Fair will be the “Globe of Death,” a huge globe in which motorcyclists perform their daredevil stunts within a giant globe.
•Dr. Solar will be offering a prescription of laughter, good times and sunshine from his solar-powered traveling medicine show. Dr. Solar is an award-winning magician, ventriloquist and puppeteer. His show blends old-time Americana entertainment with contemporary ecological messages.
Free shows and attractions include the Turkey Stampede and All-Alaskan Pig Races. Members of the BMX Pro Stunt cycling team also will be showing off their skills. The attraction features “extreme” bicycle stunt riders in action-packed shows every day.
For a small fee, fairgoers also can ride the elephants or camels, go through the Alien Maze, play Laser Tag and take their chances on the Mechanical Bull and Climbing Wall.
Free fun for kids
For the young, and young-at-heart, the Calico Corner Children’s Area will be bigger and better than ever. Through the sponsorship of San Joaquin Community Hospital, the area will include an arts and crafts center, circus and stage, drawing pavilion, and nature and science activities.
Free immunizations also are being provided by San Joaquin Community Hospital throughout the 12-day event. The immunizations are offered every day, except Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Nearby is another free activity area, KC’s Farm, featuring “Ag-Venture” with hands-on learning about animals and agriculture. The area sponsor, Castle Printing, hosts various community non-profit groups that provide services to families with young children.
Hypnotist Tina Marie is back!
The Kern County Fair is bringing back hypnotist Tina Marie to Bakersfield. She will take the spotlight for two shows each night. Most of her shows will be held at 7 and 9:30 on the Frontier Stage, presented by PG&E. For a complete schedule of Tina Marie’s shows see kerncountyfair.com.
Free concerts every night
Over at the Budweiser Pavilion, new acts will take the stage each night in free concerts. Morris Day and the Time will kick-off the entertainment line-up on opening day, followed by a roster that includes a wide variety of music – from the rhythm and blues of Tower of Power to county star Clay Walker and Christian group Kutless. No tickets are required for these shows and they are free with regular admission to the fair.
All shows start at 8 p.m., with the exception of Ninel Conde on Sunday, Oct. 3. Her show will begin at 7 p.m.
Free Shows on the Budweiser Pavilion?Wed, Sept. 22 - Morris Day and the Time, presented by MAS Magazine?Thursday, Sept. 23 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy?Friday, Sept. 24 - Pam Tillis with special guests Williams and Ree?Saturday, Sept. 25 - Air Supply, by Bakersfield Family Medical Center/ Heritage Physicians Network?Sunday, Sept. 26 - Clay Walker, by Total Comm/ AT&T authorized dealer?Monday, Sept. 27 - En Vogue?Tuesday, Sept. 28 - Collective Soul?Wed, Sept. 29 - Tower of Power ?Thursday, Sept. 30 - Kutless?Friday, Oct. 1 - Guess Who, presented by Eagle Mountain Casino?Saturday, Oct. 2 - Beatlemajesty?Sunday, Oct. 3 – Ninel Conde, by Eagle Mountain Casino
Free shows in the Grandstand
With an emphasis on value and entertainment, planners of this year’s Kern County Fair are bringing free shows to the grandstand on both weekends.
The Digger Helm Short Track National will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. The competition is part of the West Coast Vintage Dirt Track Series.
On Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Lucha Libre, World Power Wrestling, will take over the arena. A combination of drama and sport, Lucha Libre is returning to the fair after last year’s popular event. This year’s event will include additional entertainers – Hector Dominquez and his Dancing Horse and La Internacional Sonora Mariachi Show. The event is presented by Azteca 42 Bakersfield.
The annual Fiesta Rodeo will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the grandstand. Presented by Corona, the Fiesta Rodeo features roping, bull riding and other events of a traditional Mexican rodeo.
For all three events, grandstand seating is free with paid fair admission. No ticket is required.
PRCA Rodeo returns to the Kern County Fair Kern County rodeo fans will see some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the country on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2, when the big PRCA Rodeo comes to the Kern County Fair.
From barrel racing to bull-riding, the event promises two evenings of non-stop excitement. The PRCA Rodeo is presented by Coors at 7:30 p.m. at the Kern County Fair Grandstand on both nights.
Tickets for the event are available at all Vallitix locations. They will also be available at 4 p.m. at the Kern County Fair Grandstand on each day of the rodeo.
For more information about the Kern County Fair, visit kerncountyfair.com.