Fair to present varied lineup

This year’s Desert Empire Fair will be on Oct. 18-21, and CEO Mike Leming promises it will have something for everyone.

“We’re very excited about our new carnival company, Butler Amusements,” said Leming. “They are a class operation that prides themselves in their professional appearance and safety. They have the latest and greatest rides plus a special kiddy ride area for the little ones.”

In addition to welcoming Butler, Leming is extremely pleased and excited about all the events in the arena. The Steven R. Lovern Arena will feature Vendetta Pro Wrestling on Friday night; the Desert Empire Fair Bull Riding Extravaganza on Saturday night with bull riding, team roping, barrel racing and mutton busting; and the Two Hearts 5D barrel-racing event on Sunday morning. All these events will benefit local nonprofits with $5 suggested donations.

On the grounds, DEF will feature the Bubble Show, Alaskan Pig Racing, a petting zoo, the Rawhide Express Train, Canned Art with Matt Sorenson and Safari Sadie, all free with paid admission.

Every evening will feature at least one free concert with paid admission. Thursday will feature local favorites the Remodelers. On Friday the dynamic group Checkered Past will grace the main stage, and on Saturday night, the high-energy country band Honky Tonk Truckers will perform on the main stage at 5 p.m. just before the bull-riding event.

At 9:30 p.m. D.J. Ted Lemon will host a country dance right after the DEF Bull Riding Extravaganza.

On Sunday, Theresa Spanke and her Spankeroos will present “A Tribute to The Bakersfield Sound” on the main stage at 5 p.m. And finally at 7 p.m. Mariachi Sonidos De Mi Tierra will appear on the Joshua Hall/Food Court Stage.

Special promotions this year include Thursday 12 years and younger free and free until 3 p.m. on Sunday with a donation of one can food item per person to benefit the local Salvation Army food bank. For more information on events, tickets and online ticketing, go to www.desertempirefair.com.

Story First Published: 2012-10-10