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Vehicle advertising the fair draws interest with a pipe organ inside in 1928.

Kern County Museum

I remember when my mother took my sister and me one summer day. I was maybe 6 or 7 years old — in the early 1940s. My dad had to work, so she decided she would take us to see the fair and the horse show. She grew up with horses on her family’s farm, and very much wanted to see them. Maybe that was a yearly feature of the fair? That, I don't remember. But it was like the main event.

In the arena, we sat on benches placed on the dirt-banked stands to watch the horses prance around the track during the daytime show. I was pretty bored, sitting in the hot sun and wanting to get to the “fun part” of the fairgrounds! I think we also walked around to see other things, but the horse show sticks in my mind and how much my mother enjoyed those horses. I remember it to be very well attended, because there were many who applauded the horses' abilities.

This was when the fair was where Pioneer Village is now. I was sad when they moved the fairgrounds, but found out it was moved to a wide open, perfect place and we enjoyed attending through the years!

PS: I also happened to have my suggestion accepted for the fair’s theme one year — “Patriotic Flair at the Kern County Fair.”

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