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.

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.

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…

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…

The great Kern County Fair is almost here! With a theme of "Fair Friends Forever!," this year's fair runs Sept. 19-30.

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.

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…

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.

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…