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Thursday, Sep 12 2013 12:25 PM

'First Look': Get ready for the Kern County Fair

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    Kern County Fair CEO Mike Olcott talks with Californian Eye Street Editor Jennifer Self about the upcoming fair on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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BY LAURA LIREA Californian staff writer lliera@bakersfield.com

Bacon-wrapped hotdogs smothered in jalapenos. Pork chops on a stick. Deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And of course, the classic corn dogs.

These mouth-watering delicacies mean only one thing: It's fair time.

Kern County Fair CEO Mike Olcott provided a rundown of new food and features people can expect at this year's "Best of the West" Kern County Fair.

"Food is the number one attraction for fairgoers," Olcott said Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Admission this year is $9, an increase of a dollar from last year.

Jennifer Self, Californian lifestyles editor, said she researched fairs across the state and Kern's fair admission price is fairly low.

But if you want to get in for free, bring four canned food items from 1 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24, Olcott said. The items will go to Community Action Partnership of Kern.

With 379,284 people attending the fair last year, Olcott said, some people are still hesitant to make the trip.

"A lot of the times they say the dust kicks up too much or the temperature can discourage others but this year the weather is looking great," Olcott said.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the low 90s for opening day, Sept. 18.

Simulcast host Scott Cox said people should choose their deep-fried food carefully before going on the new 100-foot tall Vertigo tower ride.

The ride seats 24 people who hang from a rotating circular center and twirl high above the lights and colors of the fair.

Besides the outrageous new food or the high-speed rides, Olcott said his favorite part of the 12-day fair is seeing people's faces as they explore the fairgrounds.

"When you see the faces of kids and their parents enjoying food, getting excited about seeing the livestock, that's what makes it a fair moment for me," he said.

For more information, including entertainment schedules, visit kerncountyfair.com.

Also check out The Californian's Sunday edition for an exclusive inside look at the fair.


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