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PHOTO GALLERY: Preparations for Kern County Fair's opening Wednesday

The Kern County Fair kicks off at 3 p.m. Wednesday with some fresh attractions, a few missing concessions and new safety protocols that have allowed the 105-year-old event to return after last year's cancellation due to the pandemic.

For 10 days (interrupted Monday and Tuesday for a deep cleaning) the fair will welcome visitors to all manner of rides, entertainment and contests, including livestock competitions.

New this year is a Mind Works area offering science and math-type family fun with giant board games and other attractions. A new ride called the Hawaiian Express — described as "a wild surf session through the waves of Maui, accelerated!" — as well as a new fun house will add to the fun.

Expect to see new hand-washing and sanitization stations among the measures designed to keep people safe. The county Public Health Department will be on hand with information and access to COVID-19 immunizations.

Tickets are $12, $9 for people 62 and older, $5 for children 6 to 12 years. Admission is free for those 5 and younger as well as active and retired military with identification. Parking costs $10.

Wristbands providing unlimited access to rides normally cost $30 to $35 but can be purchased online, along with other deals, for just $28 at kerncountyfair.com.