The Kern County Fair is chock-full of contests, and without careful planning you might miss out on some great ones like the fancy fiber costume contest or the parade of grand champions. Here's a guide that can help you with the where and when of contests at the 101st Kern County Fair.

The Home Arts Building will be home to many food- and art-related contests. To name a few, check out the Wednesday pie contest, the hot dog eating contest, the K.C. “The Bull” chili contest and two Bakersfield College chopped contests.

For the kids, there's the junior cupcake decorating contest and the Lego/Knex contest, which also can be seen at the Home Arts Building.

You can catch many livestock contests at the Livestock/Sales Pavilion. There will be a variety, including swine, bulls, sheep, llamas, alpacas, beef, dairy, poultry, rabbit, goat and horse contests. Various contests regarding specific animals will be going on throughout the duration of the fair, but you can catch a taste of it all at the Grand Champions parade.

Not all of the livestock contests are at the Pavilion; the exceptions are: the silk and silver show at the Jimmy Rogers Arena, the pork and plaid show at the swine pavilion, the pee wee swine showmanship at the swine arena, the adult swine showmanship at the swine arena, the pee wee sheep showmanship at the sheep show ring, the barnyard olympics at the swine show ring and the pee wee goat showmanship and adult showmanship at the goat show ring.

Here is a selection of contests by day:

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20

At the Livestock Sales Pavilion

11:30 a.m. — Alpaca Halter, Obstacle and Showmanship

2 p.m. — Llama halter performance and showmanship

6 p.m. — Fancy fiber costume contest

At the Jimmy Rogers Arena

7 p.m. — Silk and Silver

At the Home Arts Building

6 p.m. — Hot Wing Contest

THURSDAY, SEPT. 21

At the Home Arts Building

6 p.m. — K.C. "The Bull" Chili Contest

FRIDAY, SEPT. 22

At the Home Arts Building

6 p.m. — Bakersfield College Chopped Contest

At the Swine Pavilion

7 p.m. — Pork and Plaid

SATURDAY, SEPT. 23

2 p.m. — Dewar's Ice Cream Contest

4 p.m. — Pulford's Apple Pie Contest

At the Livestock Pavilion

7 p.m. — Ladies and Lads

SUNDAY, SEPT. 24

On the fairgrounds

9 a.m. — Dog Show

At the Home Arts Building

2 p.m. — A. Rodriguez and Son Fresh Salsa contest

4 p.m. — Sunday Pie Contest

At the Livestock Sales Pavilion

4:45 p.m. — Parade of grand champions

5 p.m. — Grand champion market springers

5:35 p.m. —Grand champion market beef and open heifer/bred heifer

6:20 p.m.— Grand champion market lambs, grand champion breeding sheep

7 p.m. — Grand champion market pen of rabbit, grand champion rabbit, grand champion market fryer of rabbit, grand champion market pen of poultry, grand champion poultry, grand champion market pen turkey

7:25 p.m. — Grand champion pygmy goat, grand champion dairy goat, grand champion market goat.

8:05 p.m. — Grand champion market swine

MONDAY, SEPT. 25

At the Home Arts Building

6 p.m.— Kitchen craft contest

At the Swine Area

6 p.m. — Pee wee swine showmanship

7 p.m. — adult swine showmanship

At the Livestock pavilion

6:30 p.m. — leather lead

7:30 p.m. — cotton and cream

At the Sheep Show Ring

7 p.m. — pee wee sheep showmanship

At the Goat Ring

7 p.m. — rabbit awards

TUESDAY, SEPT. 26

At the Home Arts Building

6 p.m. — Cowboy bail bond's Kayla's favorite cake contest

At the Livestock Pavilion

5 p.m. — Adult beef showmanship

7 p.m. — Rabbit and cavy costume contest

At the Poultry Barn

6 p.m. — Poultry costume contest

At the Goat Ring

6:30 p.m. — Goat fitting contest

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27

At the Home Arts Building

6 p.m. — Wednesday pie contest

At the Swine Show Ring

7 p.m. — Poultry awards

THURSDAY, SEPT. 28

At the Home Arts Building

6 p.m. — Diversified construction Inc. potato salad contest

At the Goat Show Ring

6:30 p.m. — Pee wee goat showmanship and adult showmanship

FRIDAY, SEPT. 29

At the Home Arts Building

6 p.m. — Bakersfield College chopped contest 

At the Swine Show Ring

6 p.m. — Barnyard Olympics

SATURDAY, SEPT. 30

At the Home Arts Building

2 p.m. — Dip—in—the—fun contest

4 p.m. — Almost homemade contest

At the Hobby Pavilion

2 p.m. — Lego/Knex contest

SUNDAY, OCT. 1

At the Home Arts Building

2 p.m. — Grandma and grandpa cookie contest

3 p.m. — Junior cupcake decorating contest.

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