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It's always nice to find a shady spot at the Kern County Fair, so it makes sense to prepare the large umbrellas for shade at the entrance to the midway Friday morning for Wednesday's grand opening.

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Rosalino Gonzalez, left, and Alberto Benavidez have their work cut out for them in the next several days putting up many of the ride including this roller coster in the midway of the Kern County Fairgrounds.

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Alberto Benavidez and his entire crew were putting in a hard work day Friday preparing the rides for Wednesday's opening of the popular annual event, the Kern County Fair.

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Fair workers set up many of the children's rides at the Kern County Fair Friday.

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A fair worker puts the pieces together Thursday on the bleachers in the grandstand area where many concerts and events are held during the two week stint of the Kern County Fair.

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The long fun slide at the Kern County Fairgrounds is always a popular ride attraction to those attending the annual Bakersfield event, with the opening on Wednesday, September 18th.

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The horses used in the carousel at the Kern County Fair still have a resting place in the back of this big-rig until they are brought out and put into position by those setting up the rides over the next few days.

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Tameka Newton spruces up the Cafe BARC, Friday, at the Kern County Fair preparing for thousands of fair goers who love to eat.

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A fair work takes a phone and cigarette break while under the watchful eye of the lion at the Kern County Fair Friday.

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The bright and colorful Dizzy Dragons ride is a hit with the children at the fair.

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Cranes are brought in to help put up some of the larger rides in the midway area of the KC Fair.

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Rosalino Gonzalez, left, and Alberto Benavidez work together Friday setting up the roller coster at the Kern County Fair.

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This ride being set up at the Kern County Fair was originally part of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch ride collection.

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Workers spend time Friday morning putting up rides for the upcoming KC Fair.

The Kern County Fair opens Wednesday — with lots of food, rides, animals, music and people-watching opportunities.

But for those who just can't wait, Californian photographer Casey Christie checked out the fairgrounds Friday to capture preparations for the event that was attended by more than 379,000 people last year.

Admission this year is $9, an increase of a dollar from last year. For more information, including entertainment schedules, visit kerncountyfair.com.

Also check out The Californian’s Sunday edition for an exclusive inside look at the fair.