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'First Look': Village Fest this Saturday

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    About 7,000 people are expected at this year's Village Fest at the Kern County Museum.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Jerry Caneta welcomes visitors into "Big Kahunaville" at the 2012 Village Fest at the Kern County Museum.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Volunteers Cherie Anderson and Tracy Fuentez, right, point out the various brew offerings to Johnny Bonello at the 2012 Village Fest at the Kern County Museum.

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    Mike Willis and Bonnie Hosick from Village Fest talk about Saturday's event with Californian entertainment reporter Matt Munoz, right.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The "party of the year" is here.

That's the moniker given to Village Fest, that bonanza of beer, wine, food and music from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave.

"This kicks Christmas right in the butt," Scott Cox said Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Californian entertainment reporter Matt Munoz said, "All the music is there."

"It is officially the party of the year in Bakersfield," Munoz said. He said if you're going to anything this year, this is it.

All money raised from the festival goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment, which allocates the funds to charities serving children.

The money stays in the community, said Mike Willis, co-chairman of Village Fest. Just from sponsorships alone close to $100,000 has been raised.

The event takes up 16 acres at the Kern County Museum, Willis said. It used to be called Brews in the Village, Willis said, but the event became so much more than that.

In the past, the bands have been haphazardly spread across five stages, but this year each stage is themed.

Bonnie Hosick, a co-chairwoman of the event, said they can turn $2,000 raised at the event into one a half to two times that with the help of partners in the community who stretch the dollars.

Hosick said some 75 percent of tickets are sold in the week before the event.

Tickets are $68 in advance, $70 at gate (21 and over only); tickets are available at all Lengthwise Brewing Co. locations, Frugatti's Italian Eatery and vallitix.com.

For information, call 322-5200 or go to bakersfieldvillagefest.com.

 

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