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Ashanti will perform Sept. 24 at the Kern County Fair.

Today is Monday Madness: Admission is $5. Children (5 and under) and active and retired military members with military ID are free.

Hours: 3 to 10 p.m.

Prices: Adults, seniors (62 and better) and children (6-12) are $5. Children (5 and under) and active and retired military members with military ID are free. Parking is $10. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at all admission gates.

TODAY AT THE BUDWEISER PAVILION

Ashanti, free concert at 8 p.m.: Ashanti has been hitting airways and appearing in films and television since 2001. She became the first female artist to occupy the top two positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously with "Always on Time" and "What's Luv?" Her debut album, "Ashanti," earned her a Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy Award, and her debut single, "Foolish," spent 10 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The chart-topping queen with the sultry and sweet voice is expected to bring all that fire and soul to the Budweiser stage.

TODAY AT THE VILLA FESTIVA STAGE

Banda La Orgullosa: 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

TODAY’S STAGE PERFORMANCES

Magic of Frank Thurston: 4, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the KC Lane Stage

Powerhouse Percussive Dance: 4 p.m. at the Main Plaza Stage, 5 and 7 p.m. at the KC Lane Stage

Something Ridiculous: 4 p.m. at the Goode Time Stage, 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the KC Lane Stage

Beverly Belles: 4:30 p.m. at the Main Plaza Stage, 6 and 7 p.m. at the Goode Time Stage

MisSteppers: 5 p.m. at the Goode Time Stage

The Alley Cats: 5 p.m. at the Main Plaza Stage, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Goode Time Stage

Centre Stage Dance and Performing Arts: 6 p.m. at the Frontier Stage

Piano Madness: 6 and 8:30 p.m. at the Main Plaza Stage

Karaoke: 7 p.m. at the Frontier Stage

Hypnotist Tina Marie: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Main Plaza Stage

FIVE BEST BETS

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Mark, who wouldn't give his last name, gets a laugh after he balanced a spinning ball on KC the Bull's horn at the Kern County Fair. Mark was part of the entertainment group Something Ridiculous performing at the fair.

Show off your vocals: Who doesn't like to sing on stage with friends? While the karaoke audience may be a little intimidating at the fair, brave singers will get to hear a loud applause at the end.

Step back in time: The Alley Cats bring audiences to the 1950s and 1960s with doo-wop. The four-member group full of melodies, harmonies and comedy has opened for Jay Leno, Joan Rivers and Jerry Springer.

View the fair from high up: A staple at every fair is the Ferris wheel, and the Giant Wheel is a definite must. With a 100-foot view at the top, it is the perfect ride for friends, families and dates.

Cure your sweet tooth: Colossal Gelato offers the world's largest waffle cone for $18, which is sure to satisfy even the hungriest fair-goers. Mug milkshakes, Italian ice, Oreo churros and a gelato doughnut sandwich are just some of the other items available.

See impressive acrobatics: Something Ridiculous features ridiculous juggling and acrobatic acts performed by slapstick stuntmen Mark Wilder and VonJon. The duo performs on a 10-foot tall unicycle or atop each other's shoulders.

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