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Elijah Gomez of Shafter gets cooled off Saturday during the KidsFest.

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The line was long at the KidsFest, but most said it was moving right along.

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Families continue to filter in to the Kern County Museum for Saturday's KidsFest, but they all said the line was moving rather quickly.

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Longtime Bakersfield Californian employee Anthony Ashley, right, helps KidsFest participants at the entrance to the Kern County Museum Saturday.

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Alicia Chantler, a foster parent with Marley's Mutts, pets a recent rescue while a pug, right, looks on Saturday at the KIdsFest. They had just found the pug Saturday and were looking for the owners.

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Jason Guevara tees it up Saturday at the KidsFest event with SNAP equipment at the JS Golf instruction booth.

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Eileen Ocampo has fun with the large bubbles at the KidsFest.

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Sarah Robnett holds her son Ian Robnett as he blows a whistle at the KidsFest Saturday in Bakersfield.

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Kern County Lake Patrol Officer Brad Armstrong gives tours of one of the lake patrol boats to thousands Saturday at the Kern County Museum during the KidsFest. Armstrong mostly patrols Isabella Lake.

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Cianna Antongiovanni pets Gabe, a 56-year-old desert tortoise, Saturday at the Kern County Museum during the KidsFest. The animal is from the Wind Wolves Preserve.

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At the American Kids Sports Center booth Saturday at the Kern County Museum during the Bakersfield KidsFest, Matt Williams helps Aisling Morgan with the dismount from the parallel bars along with help from mom Nicole Morgan.

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Gabe, a 56-year-old desert tortoise from The Wildlands Conservancy's Wind Wolves Preserve, gets a little attention from one in attendance at the KidsFest Saturday.

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The Bakersfield KidsFest was very popular for several thousand in attendance Saturday at the Kern County Museum.

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Chuck E. Cheese, Cody Janzen, gets a high-five from Nayeli Ortiz during the Bakersfield KidsFest.

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Nayeli Ortiz has a good time with Cody Janzen, as Chuck E. Cheese, Saturday, at the Bakersfield Kidsest.

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Cody Janzen, as Chuck E. Cheese, waves at the crowd Saturday with help from Oscar Leyva at the Kern County Museum during the Bakersfield KidsFest.

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The KidsFest drew several thousand to enjoy the activities offered at the Kern County Museum.

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Connor Bourget takes his cuts in the KidsFest baseball event Saturday.

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Trevor Bourget gets help from dad, Ryan Bourget, Saturday, at the baseball games at the KidsFest.

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The bounce houses at the KidsFest were a big hit with the youngsters.

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This youngster had a good idea by plugging his nose before hitting the pool of water Saturday at the KidsFest.

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Many families came out Saturday to enjoy the Bakersfield KidsFest.

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Arnold Gonzalez carries his son, Julian Gonzalez, Saturday, with fancy balloon animals in hand during the KidsFest.

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Sophia Garza shares her LaRosa bar with her little brother, Anthony Garza, Saturday, at the KidsFest.

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The Kern County Sheriff's Department was out in full force at the KidsFest Saturday helping out with chidlren's IDs.

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The Kern County Sheriff's Department bomb squad team shows off the robot and equipment they use.

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Liz Bost and Melanie Pitcher.

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Beth Pacheco and Briana Palma.

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Traci Sharp, Deanna Ribbons, Cindy Young, Lotta Alexandersson and Dagmar Alexandersson.

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Reagan and Erin Gillespie.

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Jacob DeLuca and Kara Minucci.

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Kyla, Statler and Grant Neumann.

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Aleena Romero, Natalia Romero, Priscilla Trujillo and Priya Singh, lower right.

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Samantha and Connie Grant.

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Maria, Amelia and John Arredondo.

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Mary Arredondo, Armando Chavez and Christina Arredondo, right.

Imagine some of the things the 12-and-under set would find interesting — water slides, kettle corn, wild nail polish, puppies, balloons — and chances are it was on hand, in one form or another, Saturday at the Kern County Museum.

This was KidsFest, a celebration of all things preadolescent, fun and, in many cases, educational. Just about the only familiar aspect of summertime that wasn’t permitted past the front gate was doldrums.

In addition to the bounce houses and hair bows, KidsFest had plenty of attractions that people might not immediately associate with kids or summer. Tara Douhan of the The Wildlands Conservancy was there, and she brought along one very dignified and patient desert tortoise. Sara Palasch of the World Language Institute was on hand, too, explaining the benefits of learning French, Portuguese, Chinese or any of a half-dozen other tongues. Charlotte White of the Bakersfield Art Association hosted a gallery children’s paintings and other crafts, some of it quite charming.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg. More than 100 vendors occupied space on the grounds of the Museum’s Pioneer Village throughout the day.

The Californian-hosted event (sponsored by American Kids Sports Center, First 5 Kern, Heritage Christian Schools, Gianquinto OrthoArts, Children’s Hospital Central California and Community Action Partnership of Kern County) also aimed to connect kids and parents with information on local health services and activities for kids.

In addition to vendors like Order of the Dragon, Harmony Road Music School and Planet Bambini, the event featured arts and crafts, Condors hockey lessons, and vehicles on display from the Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Kern County Fire Department and Hall Ambulance.

The event had the Fun Zone-like water slides and bounce houses. California Hot Dog Company, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, King Kettle Corn provided some of the food options.