In celebration of the three C's — charity, country and craft (beer) — the Boots & Brew Country Music Festival returns for its second year Saturday at Temblor Brewing Co. The event honors fallen Bakersfield Police Officer David Nelson, who died in 2015 from injuries suffered during a vehicle pursuit. His family has teamed with the Bakersfield Police Department and Kern County 999 Foundation, a nonprofit that assists the families of Kern peace officers who have died in the line of duty, to put on this event.
Bakersfield musician Josh Aigner will headline the free festival, which will feature other country acts. In addition to music, the evening will include a special auction of great local items and prizes, along with unique blue line flag memorabilia. Raffle tickets to win additional prizes will also be available.
Temblor's Six Six One beer will be the featured PhilanthroPint brew, with $1 of each purchase donated by Temblor to the Officer David Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is given to graduating KHSD students as well as to a graduating BPD Explorer Cadet. Last year's inaugural event raised more than $2,200 for the scholarship. This year, the initial recipients from KHSD is Faith Menendez of Highland High and Alexandria Neal of Garces Memorial, who will receive the Explorer Cadet scholarship.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday at Temblor, 3200 Buck Owens Blvd. The event is free to attend.
Any additional contributions to the fund can be made online via Paypal at bit.ly/Kern999 or a check can be mailed to: Kern County 999 Foundation, Re: Officer David Nelson Scholarship, 4208 Rosedale Highway Suite 302 #101, Bakersfield, CA 93308.