Honoring Ken Whitney: Longtime Kern County Fair livestock mentor


He’s a cornerstone in the livestock barns at the Kern County Fair.

Ken Whitney has helped children in the barns for more than 60 years. Whitney started his tenure at the fair as an agricultural advisor for Bakersfield High School’s Future Farmers of America program.

He spent 33 years as an FFA advisor at BHS, after retiring he spent the next 30 years continuing to help kids raise and show livestock.

“It keeps them out of trouble,” said Whitney.  Those kids, most of them are kids that have some initiative, they’ve learned how to work, they’ve learned how to do something on their own and it makes a good citizen out of them.”

Many people around here certainly hope Mr. Whitney continues to mentor for years to come.

There are a few organizations that allow you to show at the fair : 4H, FFA, grange and independent.  Each has its own requirements and certainly teaches kids a lot about livestock and life.

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