17 News at the Fair: New adrenaline driven attractions at the fair


The Kern County Fair expects more than 400,000 attendees to walk through their grounds this year. 

You can be sure each one of those fair-goers is expecting to see, taste and experience something fun and exciting. Organizers have been hard at work to make sure they get it.

The county fair has something for everyone, but it is also a place for family-friendly fun. Here is a preview of two new attractions that are fun for the whole  family.  

Fair time also means fall time and with that everything pumpkin.

“We all can’t wait for Halloween to do our pumpkin, you know,” said Russ Leno, pumpkin carver.

Leno started carving pumpkins for his kids over 30 years ago.

“I’ve done sand sculpting, wood work, but pumpkins are just one of those things that people are just really interested in,” said Leno.

Three decades later he still can’t get enough of it.

“This has taking me around the world carving, so it’s pretty fun,” said Leno.

Now he is making a living sculpting anything from enchanted castles to a portrait of the three little pigs. 

“It’s a hobby and they pay me to do this, so you just can’t go wrong,” said Leno. “I’m entertainment just like the people on the stage and everything else you have going on.”

Leno has made a name for himself with his artwork.

“The reaction I get is ‘wow’ or ‘that pumpkin is so big, how do you do it?'” said Leno.

You can find out how he does it at KC’s Farm House.

“Come out and look at the techniques of how pumpkin carving can be done and maybe you’ll get some inspiration to carve yours this year,” said Leno.

Kicking up the adrenaline, for the first time in over 20 years a monster truck show is hitting the Grandstand. 

“Everybody likes seeing the cars getting smashed and just the excitement of it all it’s a very family-oriented show, everybody has a good time,” said Terry Woodcock, truck driver.

A full blown show complete with stacked cars, donuts, wheelies and jumps will premier Saturday.

“Everyone is out here to put a good show,” said Woodcock. “I’m looking forward to putting on a great show since cyclops hasn’t been here since 1987.”

Monster truck fans buckle your seatbelts, literally, as you will be able to get in the middle of the action on top of fire truck-ride truck.

“You get to see the kids having a good time,” said Woodcock. “They have a big smile when they’re climbing in there and a big smile when they’re climbing back out.”

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