Tucked away with the popular classic Kern County Fair food such as the corn dogs, cinnamon rolls, funnel cakes and turkey legs — and local favorites such as the Boy Scouts' baked potatoes and the Basque and barbecue offerings — are lesser-known hidden gems that are awaiting more adventurous …
In the words of Templeton the rat and Goose from the children’s book "Charlotte’s Web," the fair is “a veritable smorgasbord” of food and the Kern County Fair is no different, offering a wide variety of delicacies ranging from sweet to savory to deep fried to meaty and more.
While many people are attracted to the Kern County Fair for its food, concerts and rides, livestock remains a major focus of the event for many.
William Cooper's laugh fills the animal barn at the Kern County Fair as he tells how much he enjoys going to the fair. He especially likes it on Senior Day when entry is free.
By the time you read this, you may have already been out to the Kern County Fair, which kicked off Wednesday. Then you would have certainly sampled some fair food favorites or maybe something new. For those who have yet to go — or plan to return for more — here's a closer look at some of tho…
It might not be the only day they come out to the Kern County Fair, but for those 62 and older, Senior Day is the best day to come. After all, free admission, health information and early access to all the fair favorites is hard to beat.
Today is Special Friends Day: Gates open at 9 a.m. for people with special needs. There are several activities available throughout the morning. The gates open to the general public at 3 p.m.
The food vendors at the Kern County Fair sell everything from deep-fried cheese to specialty gelato topped with the kind of things that could be desserts all on their own.
Even before the fair opened Wednesday, Kern County Fair CEO Mike Olcott had a colorful preview. While Brad's World Reptiles, one of the fair's new attractions, was setting up its display, some feathered friends from the show visited the man in charge.
Workers prepare for opening day! The Kern County Fair opens Wednesday, and runs through Sept. 30. With a theme of "Fair Friends Forever!," the fair has something for everyone — time with friends, of course, but also lots of fun food, carnival rides, exhibits, shows, music, competitions, demo…
Every once in a while, you just need to be shot into the air, spun around or flipped upside down a couple of times. The perfect opportunity to satisfy that itch is fast approaching with opening day of the Kern County Fair right around the corner.
There are plenty of reasons people flock to the Kern County Fair but food is always at the top of the list. Along with the usual suspects — DeMolay corn dogs, JP's Old West cinnamon rolls, Basque Club lamb sandwiches, Boy Scouts baked potatoes — there are some new options sure to make your m…
It's hard to miss the concerts, food and rides at the Kern County Fair, with all of them greeting guests as soon as they walk into the fairgrounds. But don't forget to head inside the buildings to check out the contests and still exhibits. Escaping the heat in there is, of course, an added bonus.
Disclaimer: Everybody who goes to the Kern County Fair has a must list as unique as the faces of those licensed yet still off-kilter carnival prizes. This is just one woman's tale, so use it as a starting point and find your own moment of zentangle. (Really, the art form is being demoed in t…
Corn dogs and throwing darts at balloons to win an oversized Snoopy are all fine and good, but what's a trip to the Kern County Fair without taking in a rodeo or two?
A fresh-baked cinnamon roll, a buttered ear of corn, a slice of musical entertainment, a walk through the exhibit buildings or the livestock barns, a thrill ride on the midway — the list is long and diverse when discussing the myriad attractions on tap at the Kern County Fair.
When 54-year-old Javier Casarez walked into T&T Trucking early Wednesday evening, he was packing a revolver bigger than Dirty Harry's infamous .44 Magnum.
Robert Faz, a next-door neighbor to Manuel Contreras for the past five years, said he got to know his neighbor pretty well over the years.
The man who fatally shot five people then turned the gun on himself Wednesday had been divorced four months and was going through court proceedings stemming from the dissolution of his marriage, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.
Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jeff A. Roney heard gunshots coming from northwest of the transportation business where he works in southeast Bakersfield.
A shooting rampage in southeast Bakersfield Wednesday that killed six people prompted expressions of sadness and anger over yet another mass shooting in the U.S.
Six people were killed in southeast Bakersfield Wednesday evening in what Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood described as a "mass shooting." The incident started at a trucking company just off Weedpatch Highway, south of Highway 58. The suspect shot two men and his own wife at the truckin…
Six people were killed in southeast Bakersfield Wednesday evening in what Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood described as a "mass shooting."
Despite opposition from health officers, the State Assembly unanimously passed two bills Thursday authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, that could streamline and standardize case reporting of valley fever, a respiratory disease endemic to Kern County and the southwestern United States.
Valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease endemic to the region, killed nine people and infected 2,929 in Kern County in 2017, making it the second worst year for the disease since the county began recording cases in 1992, local public health officials announced Monday.
Facing pushback from the medical community, Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, withdrew a bill late last month that would have required doctors to order specific types of lab tests when they suspect valley fever, a respiratory disease found throughout the southwestern United States.
More than one year after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy secured $5 million in federal funding to launch a five-year clinical trial of a drug used to treat valley fever, health providers are struggling to enroll patients.
Bakersfield lawmakers this week requested $3 million in the state budget to research treatments and conduct outreach for valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County that infected more people last year in California than in the state’s history.
Before walking into the parent resource center at McKinley Elementary School, Classy Gray didn’t know much about valley fever, the insidious respiratory disease that annually infects thousands throughout the southwestern United States.
Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, will introduce two bills Wednesday aimed at combating valley fever, the orphan disease which infected Californians at epidemic levels last year.
Advocates for valley fever research give Bakersfield Assemblyman Rudy Salas an “A” for effort for what they call the most robust legislative effort to address the disease in California history. But public health officials and disease experts are split on whether the remedies proposed by Sala…
Apparently undaunted by Gov. Jerry Brown's October veto of legislation that would've brought new disease reporting guidelines and funding to the little-known respiratory disease known as valley fever, Assemblyman Rudy Salas has introduced an even more robust legislative package aimed at tack…
Trice Harvey had a gift — a willingness, an eagerness even, to look outside that comfort zone and connect with people whose stories were different from his. Democrats, city folk, even journalists.
In recent years, communities in Connecticut, Florida and, yes, California have borne the awful toll of mass shootings. Few, if any, have touched Bakersfield.
In the city of Lemoore, a community of 25,000 rising out of arid cropland in the San Joaquin Valley, almost everyone has a story about valley fever.
Nine construction workers fell ill to valley fever this year while working on a solar panel project in Monterey County after employers allowed serious lapses in training and safety precautions, according to new information obtained by the Center for Health Journalism Collaborative on the rec…