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Sunday, Sep 08 2013 07:48 AM

PHOTO GALLERY: Thousands attend 'party of the year'

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. Attendees wait in line for a sample from Wiki's Wine Dive & Grill, which was serving up lamb koftas, a combination of ground lamb and beef with taziki sauce.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. Fat Katt, of Fat Katt and the Von Zippers, performs on one of the stages at the event.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. Here, volunteer pourers Amber Hernandez, Nicole Smith and Marissa Navarrette help an attendee choose one of the offerings.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. Volunteer David Brust lets Ofelia Gomez know about some of the wine offerings he was pouring.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. Ofelia Gomez chats with volunteer David Brust after he poured a wine sample for her and her husband, Jose, right.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. The crowd begins to make its way into the event. Within an hour, the walkways would be packed.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. Alene Ellison reacts to the music being performed by Fat Katt and the Von Zippers.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. Bill and Rhonda Hanly were in a playful mood after having a beer sample poured for them.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. This is just a small secton of the crowd jam packed onto the grounds.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. Beer, wine and food was served throughout the large grounds, as well as entertainment provided on several stages.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. Ice was a cool commodity Saturday, as the event was held on a sweltering night that did not seem willing to cool down as darkness fell.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Village Fest 2013 took place on the grounds of the Kern County Museum Saturday evening. About 7,000 people attended the event, which is one of Bakersfield's most popular fundraisers. Money raised goes toward Children's Advocates Resource Endowment. Thomas Laczynski, executive chef of Wiki's Wine Dive and Grill, prepares lamb koftas, which drew a crowd wanting to sample the grilled ground lamb and beef with taziki sauce.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

The grounds of the Kern County Musuem were filled with about 7,000 people Saturday night for Village Fest, an event dubbed "the party of the year."

The event raises money for Children's Advocates Resource Endowment, which in turn funds projects and efforts that benefit local children.

Photographer John Harte captured the festivities in these images.

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