Tehachapi Mountain Festival

“This was not as easy as it looked,” said Jacob Angevine, who was trying to climb Jacob's Ladder at the carnival during the Mountain Festival.

Don’t wait for the fair to come to town and end summer on a good note.

The Tehachapi Mountain Festival, Aug. 16-18, is the perfect way to spend an August weekend avoiding the heat of the city.

With temperate weather, delicious food and drink, and great recreational activities for the whole family to enjoy, the Tehachapi Mountain Festival is an all-inclusive weekend of entertainment that benefits this bustling town and its residents.

Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce President Ida Perkins says the locals love the increase in traffic because the festival represents memories of family and their Tehachapi home.

“The mountain festival weekend is homecoming for a lot of folks,” Perkins said. “There are high school and family reunions.”

In its 56th year, the Tehachapi Mountain Festival is organized by the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce and staffed by volunteers. Upward of 40,000 people are expected to attend and brings families from all over the state while highlighting local businesses and community groups.

Proceeds from food and merchandise sales from the festival benefit the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce as well as nonprofit and community groups who use funds for programs and scholarships benefiting the community.

“Service organizations have booths selling food, and rotary club is doing an opportunity drawing,” Perkins said. “You can also get discounted rodeo and carnival tickets directly at the chamber office.”

There will be carnival attractions and rides for kids, while the avid foodie will be stuffed to the brim with delicious barbecue, drinks and even a pancake breakfast by the American Legion Post 221. The perpetual art collector can spend hours at the curated arts and crafts festival or shopping downtown. There is even time for a good workout at the Mountain Gallop 5K/10K and for the family motorhead will get his or her fill of gleaming chrome. Convene the family each evening with professional rodeos and a rocking dinner and dancing lead by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5948.

Travel up the canyon to the festival in the mountains for a grand old time. Dubbed “Boots, Buckles and Spurs,” take your time enjoying the cool breezes and the western lifestyle of the high mountains.

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