The Kern County Fair is Back!

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By Valley Ag Voice Staff

We made it! September is here and with it comes the Kern County Fair! There’s always added excitement in the air with the anticipation of the fair, and perhaps this year more than others, for reasons we all know. This fair gives us the chance to get together and celebrate the community and the achievements we’ve made in the year. Maybe you have livestock ready to show or an afghan ready to be put on display. Whatever your interest, the fair provides a way we can all celebrate. Can you smell the cinnamon rolls and the fried… everything?

We hope to see you out at the 2021 Kern County Fair! We asked our local leaders what their thoughts are about the fair. Take a look:

Assemblymember Vince Fong

“The Kern County Fair showcases our deep roots in agriculture and love for educational and cultural experiences. I look forward to joining our community in grabbing a sandwich at the Basque Club and heading home with some kettle corn.”

– Assemblymember Vince Fong


– Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield)

“I am thrilled that we are able to return to the Kern County Fair in a safe and responsible way. Our community has been resilient throughout the past year and deserves an opportunity to come together and celebrate. It’s always great to see the kid’s enthusiasm for the fair, the animals, and everyone having a good time with their family.”

– Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield)


“The Kern County Fair is an event I look forward to each year, it’s a time for our community to gather, have fun, celebrate our accomplishments and support our future generations of farmers and ranchers.”

–Senator Shannon Grove
 (R-Bakersfield)


Senator Melissa Hurtado  (D-Sanger)

“I am excited to welcome back the Kern County Fair this year. I am ready to listen to live music and get one of my absolute favorite foods—a tri tip sandwich from the firefighter stand.”

– Senator Melissa Hurtado
 (D-Sanger)


“The Kern County Fair is a festive tradition that gives our community the chance to celebrate all things Kern County – from the produce we grow, to the livestock we raise, to the Bakersfield Sound we make. After a challenging year and half, I know that families across Kern are looking forward to this event, including all the good food, competitions, and entertainment over its 12 days of fun and fellowship. I commend everyone who has played a role in making the Kern County Fair an annual success, and I have full confidence that this year will be no different!”

– Congressman Kevin McCarthy


“The Kern County Fair has always been a great opportunity for youth to get involved in the agriculture industry and for families to come together to celebrate their community. I’m glad to see the fair return this year to showcase local business, culture, agriculture, and entertainment to be safely enjoyed by all.”

– Congressman David Valadao


It’s very exciting to have the Kern County Fair come back this year. I look forward to celebrating the rich bounty and talents of our community, and seeing our hardworking youth showcase their animals. I can’t wait to enjoy a scrumptious lamb sandwich from the Kern County Basque Club booth. Have a safe and fun time. I hope to see you!

– Bakersfield Mayor Goh


“The Kern County Fair represents the highlight of the summer for many kids and families in the community. For years, the county fair has been a source of excitement and a place where fond memories are created from different sights, sounds and aromas. Some of my best memories of the fair include funnel cakes, pickled tongue sandwiches, and stopping at the animal barn to watch the livestock competition.”

– Kern County Supervisor David Couch


“Congratulations to the Kern County Fair Board on the awaited return of the Kern County Fair. After a year off, we are eager to enjoy the fun and family friendly attractions, food, entertainment and celebrating our ag heritage. This will be a positive event that our families will surely enjoy!”

– Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard


After the nightmare we have lived through this last year, I am beyond excited for the return of the Great Kern County Fair. I have so many wonderful memories of the fair and I can’t wait to make many more with my family, friends and the constituents that I love to serve. 

– Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez


“The Kern County Fair is always a special time when our community comes together to celebrate our rich agricultural heritage, enjoy great music, food, games and rides, and marvel at all the incredible exhibits and shows. The Kern County Fair is a great Kern County tradition.”

– Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner