Zip-line part of new rides at Kern fairgrounds
Hannah Breeland, Reporter
October 3, 2012
Filed under Features
This year’s “Best in the West” Kern County Fair featured some new attractions, such as the zip-line and the water ride.
The zip-line was about 20 feet tall. Participants were strapped into a harness that connected to the line.
Once it’s secured, the brave participant then jumped and descended at a vertical angle, plummeting them toward a big red inflatable target.
The ride costs $10 to ride for one turn. It was a big hit with the kids.
“It was like being in ‘Mission Impossible,’” said Noah, a 10-year-old fair attendee. “I really wanted to hit the target, though.”
His dad, who also went on the zip-line, was disappointed that it only lasted eight seconds.
“This is more for the kids than anything,” the dad commented.
The water ride was another attraction for the kids. It went around, and then up a little incline, and then dropped, getting the riders a little wet.
This attraction drew larger crowds with most being 5 to 14 years old, according to ride workers.
The turkey races, a regular feature at the fair, returned this year better then ever.
Every performance seemed to draw a crowd. The races were located next to the zip-line and elephants.
The race consisted of a remote-controlled truck that has food in the bed racing around the track being chased by the hungry turkeys.
“That’s something I wasn’t expecting to see at the fair and it literally made my day,” a fair attendee said.
The fair also provided musical acts like the Rock Bottom Boys, who play satirical lyrics to popular songs.
Their songs varied from country to gospel and some rock and roll, such as “Crazy Train” and “Fat Bottom Girls.”