There are a number of local activities to celebrate Earth Day, but the Bakersfield College is lobbying to offer the most action-packed option with its annual Garden Fest. In its 12th year, this premier springtime garden event draws thousands to this open house featuring the college's environmental horticulture and agriculture programs

More than 150 vendors will take part, highlighting gardening, pets, farmers market, cooking, outdoor leisure, arts & crafts, and environmentally friendly home improvement ideas and more.

The family-friendly event has even more to offer this year in the BC Club Carnival games area. Carnival games, presented by BC student clubs and organizations, will include dunk the president, bob for apples, ring the bottle and more.

A waterfall building demonstration will be presented by Buck’s Landscape Materials and Pond Shop. A waterfall can be a great addition to add water movement and visual beauty to any patio or small yard.

The California Landscape Contractors Association Country Garden Stage will include a live broadcast of The Country Garden Radio program from KERN 1180 AM. The interactive seminars are hosted by Bakersfield College's Plant Professor, Professor Lindsay Ono, and landscape industry professional The Sultan of Sod, Dale Edwards from Old River Sod. The Country Garden duo will make you laugh and learn and they will be joined in the seminars by industry professionals to demonstrate and talk gardening and answering your questions.

Bakersfield College chef Alex Gomez will host an interactive demo — Grilling with the Chef — on grilling meats and vegetables, using fresh produce selected from the Renegade Ranch Farmers Market. Attendees will be able to taste the results of Gomez's hard work and the gas grill he uses will be raffled off as a fundraiser for the BC Ag Club.

Returning for a second year is the Bakersfield College Renegade Ruckus Cook Off Competition, a "Chopped"-style contest featuring up-and-coming chefs from BC's culinary arts program.

The fest runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at BC's Renegade Park, off Mount Vernon Avenue just north of Memorial Stadium. Admission and parking are free.

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