The city of Bakersfield held its Good Neighbor Festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Saturday.

Attendees were able to collect resource materials from a variety of community organizations. Free flu shots and health screenings were also available. Many people could be seen walking around with bags of information packets and pamphlets, free items and other goodies.

For children, a petting zoo, obstacle course and face-painting were just some of the activities they could participate in at the festival.

Yvonne Yancy said she came out to see what services were available that could help her as well as her eight children, who she said don’t live with her.

“I wanted to see what would be beneficial to them,” she said. “Also...I’m not going to lie, I’m a drug user. I wanted to see if there’s anything that could help me better myself.”

Christina Lopez came with her two children to the event for the first time on Saturday after she was urged by one of her sons to come.

“I wasn’t expecting it to be such a big event. I think it’s really nice,” she said. “It’s fun to see everyone getting involved and coming together. It’s good that we do these type of these things.”

Joseph Luiz can be reached at 661-395-7368. Follow him on Twitter: @JLuiz_TBC.

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