Donna Lish mailed us a sweet recollection of her earliest Kern County Fair memories, which stretch back to the old fairgrounds, where Kern Pioneer Village is today.

My first memory of attending the Kern County Fair was attending it on North Chester Avenue in the 1940s as a small child with my parents. I remember the people, the lights, the animals, the rides, the exhibits, the race track, and especially the old farm equipment, my favorite.

My family attended the fair each year until I moved out of town in the 1960s. After moving back to Bakersfield, my mother and I attended the fair until she was no longer able.

Even though my father was no longer living, we always toured the old farm equipment for him as he was in our thoughts.

In 2015, I entered an item in Home Arts for the first time, a child’s quilt, just for fun. I won a blue ribbon to my surprise.

The Kern County Fair is a great place for families and friends.

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