The Best in the West is about to make its 2012 debut. The Kern County Fair opens its gates to the public Wednesday, September 19th.
But, Tuesday, they opened the gates to give the media a look at how things are shaping up. And, organizers pointed out some of the new things 2012 will offer fair-goers.
"How about the deep fried grilled cheese sandwich," said Jason Rariden, the Kern County Fairgrounds entertainment coordinator. "And, of course the chocolate covered bacon, brand new to the Kern County Fair this year."
17 News found the chocolate-dipped strips at the same stand that brought fair-goers fried Kool-Aid last year. Sharon Kramer is hoping this new invention will bring in the bacon to her stand.
"When you bite into it, and, I suggest, off on the side it's easier, you get the chocolate taste right away. And, then the bacon flavor starts coming through after you've been chewing on it," said Kramer of the chocolate bacon.
Other fair food food favorites are getting a facelift, like the funnel cake. It's red velvet.
"Then, we also have funnel cake on a stick this year, which is a 12-inch funnel cake on a stick with cream cheese frosting, and it's done real well," said Mike Davis with the stand "The Lazy Toucan."
Across the way, the Boy Scouts baked potato booth hopes to sell 11,000 spuds this year with its most popular potato.
"The works, definitely," said Carolyn Zullo, who is working in the booth. "Chili, cheese, green onion, bacon, and sour cream all on one potato."
Organizers point out that elephant rides return to the fair this year. And, there are signs warning everyone of low-flying people. That's because there is a 180-foot zip line making its debut this year at the Kern County Fair.
"I have seen it at other venues, and people really enjoy it," said Rariden of the zip line.
Mutton busting is also back and so is the Wild West Turkey Stampede. Nancy Riegler, with the show, says the birds race to see which turkey has a leg up on the rest.
"Some of them have learned to jump the fence or turn around and go the other way. So, it's just feather flying chaos," said Riegler.
Even though the majority of the rides on Tuesday morning were not running, some brave test riders got to be the first this year to try out the "Turbo Force." Even though the fair is still a day away, for those two people who were screaming as the ride spun them around, 2012 is already memorable.
"I'm still shaking," said Alma Cervantes. "Look! Now I need a drink. I need to relax."
There is also a new water log ride this year to help cool crowds off. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday. The opening parade is Wednesday night at 5:30.