The fair is almost here. Plan your visit with this information from the Kern County Fair.


Sept. 19-30, 2018


Adults: $12

Seniors (62 and over): $9

Children (6-12): $5

Children (5 and under): Free

Active and retired military: Free with military ID

Parking: $10

*Visa/Mastercard accepted at all admission gates

Or buy your tickets online at for a discount. Adult admission is $10 for any one day; admission for children aged 6 to 12 is $4 for any one day. You can buy the discount tickets online throughout the duration of the fair.

Those same discounted entry tickets can be purchased at all Kern County Vallarta Supermarket locations while supplies last.

Also, you can purchase a carnival wristband online. The unlimited ride wristband good for any one day of the fair is $28 when purchased online. It's regularly $30 Monday through Thursday and $35 Friday through Sunday. But act fast — this special promotion price ends at midnight Sept. 18. The discount wristband also can be purchased at Vallarta, but again, only through Sept. 18.


Monday through Thursday: 3 to 10 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28: 3 to 11 p.m.

Saturdays: Noon to 11 p.m.

Sundays: Noon to 10 p.m.


The fair notes that parking for the disabled is available in all its public lots.

Wheelchairs and strollers can be rented in the Main Plaza, but no electric scooters are available to rent. There is a 250-pound weight limit for wheelchairs.

A picture ID is required for rentals and will be held as a security deposit.

Wheelchair rental: $20 per day

Stroller rental: $15 per day


These buildings close at 10 p.m.


Monday through Thursday: 3 to 10 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28: 3 to 11 p.m.

Saturdays: Noon to 11 p.m.

Sundays: Noon to 10 p.m.


Monday through Friday: 3 p.m. to closing

Saturday and Sunday: Noon to closing

*Wristbands available daily

Some rides have special rules, such as size, height and weight restrictions.


Donate through Sept. 19: Pint for a Pass, donate blood at Houchin Community Blood Banks from Aug. 13-Sept. 19 and get a free adult admission pass. One voucher per person while supplies last. Donate at Houchin at 5901 Truxtun Ave. or 11515 Bolthouse Drive. Call 661-616-2505 for an appointment.

Thursday, Sept. 20: Special Friends Day, gates open at 9 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 21: Senior Day, free admission and parking for seniors 62 and over from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 24: Monday Madness, 3 to 9 p.m. $5 admission for all; ages 5 and under free.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Wednesday, Sept. 26: School Days, free admission for kids (preschool through sixth grade) from 9 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Wild Wednesday, $6 admission from 3 to 9 p.m. this day only with a voucher from Les Schwab Tires. One voucher per person while supplies last.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Feed the Need — donate four or more nonexpired canned food items and get a free admission into the fair that day, from 3 to 9 p.m. The fair partners with the Community Action Partnership of Kern Food Bank.

Discount parking: A $7 parking pass goes on sale Aug. 23 at all Kern County O'Reilly Auto Parts locations. It is good for any one day of the fair.


Information booth and lost & found: 661-833-4955

Medical response and first aid center: 661-340-7312

Sheriff's station: 661-835-8538

Lost children and baby changing station: 661-833-4937

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