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Keep Cool in Bako with Sno Shack!

21 May

You know summer is here in Bakersfield when you see the little blue shacks scattered around town set up for locals to enjoy a frosty treat!

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Everyone knows Bakersfield can get brutally hot during the summer, and what a convenient treat it is to have the Sno Shack as a cool down pit stop to grab a velvety iced snow cone. They have a wide variety of flavors, 87 of them to be exact,  from the original cherry or pina colada to a unique flavor like Tiger’s Blood or Strawberry Margarita. They also offer a mix of any of their 9 super flavors to please even the craziest of flavor cravers! Sno Shack has been in Bakersfield since 1985 has remained a popular summer stop every year since. You can choose from a small for  $2.50, and medium for $3.00, or go big with an avalanche for only $4.00!

No matter where your headed theirs always time to stop at the blue shack and grab a snow cone to cool down!

Buck Owen’s Crystal palace

14 May

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Buck owens Crystal palace came to Bakersfield in 1966 and was constructed by none others than Mr. Buck Owens himself. The crystal palace has been a landmark in Bakersfield since then and has only become more popular over the years. The halls are decked with pictures and sculptures of all of the greats of country history. The venue is perfect size for a concert, big enough to host a good crowd but small enough for everyone to have a great view and a personal experience. Buck Owen’s place is a perfect for a night of entertainment, with all seats in the house in prime view of the stage

 

Not only does the palace host big time country stars as well as up and coming acts, but they have a house band named the Buckaroos that play on weekends and occasionally week nights. The house band plays country classics as well as the latest hits and is always willing to take requests and dedications.

 

While enjoying the Palace’s entertainment you can have a seat at a table and enjoy one of the delicious options from their menu or find a spot at their fully stocked bar where you will find Buck’s White cow-hide interior Cadillac convertible hung on the wall adding to the cool historical vibe.

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Last but certainly not least, the palace offers a huge Sunday brunch complete with all the fixings including everything from chicken fried steak to a fully loaded omelet bar!

 

If you are looking to hear some good country music, have a great meal, or just enjoy all the history Buck’s place has to offer you this place is sure to please!

 

 

Taco Tuesdays at La Mina Cantina!

13 May

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La mIna Cantina has become a hot spot in Bakersfield for locals to come out and enjoy great drink specials and dollar tacos!

Bringing Back the Track

3 May

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Mesa Marin Raceway held fond memories, local pride, and unforgettable moments in Bakersfield history.  After the closing of the speedway in 2005 due to a change in property owners, race fans from near and far were filled with anger and disappointment.

 

In 2006 a plan for a new race track off of Emos Lane near Taft Highway came about and had Bakersfield buzzing. The project was set to be finished in 2008, but the construction came to a stop due to the economic crash that took place that year.

 

Finally after years of anticipation enough money was generated from the new track owners and investors to move ahead towards the completion of the speedway. The new track, Kern County Raceway, is set to open May 4th.  The new speedway is on Raceway Boulevard just off of the I-5 near Taft High and Emos Lane. According to the raceway web site, it has many exciting events planned. The track will be hosting a variety of racecars including NASCAR pro late models and mini stock cars just to name a few.

 

“There has even been talk among the track owners of bringing in big music acts on nights when races aren’t scheduled,” said Ron Jackson, one of the men involved in finishing the construction of the track.

 

 “If that ends up coming through it would be a great way to generate a crowd of not only race fans, but music lovers as well,” Says Jackson.

 

Admission varies with the events being held, but so far do not exceed $30 for general admission. Although we still have the dirt track Speedway off of Chester Ave in north Bakersfield, or as locals call it the “Okie Bowl”, the new raceway will bring another form of racing to the table. Great things are expected from this new development, as news of its opening has been all over news articles, internet blogs, and Facebook.  Finally Bakersfield will once again have the chance to come out with friends and family, enjoy good food and cold drinks, feel the wind carried from the momentum of the cars, smell the rubber from the tires, and feel the adrenaline from the intensity of the race.

 

“ I couldn’t be more excited for the grand opening of the new track, Bakersfield has been missing this kind of attraction for too long now.” Said Josh Jackson, Bakersfield local and motorsports enthusiast.

 

“Mesa Marin was such a great time, it seems like everyone has childhood memories from out there and I’m glad that the next generation will be able to have it as well.” Added Jackson.

 

Saturday, May 4th at Kern County Raceway will be night to remember for our community. The opening ceremonies will include an air show with skydivers as well as some surprise entertainment, but most of all a great night of racing!

 

Riverwalk park is bringing outdoor activites closer to home!

29 Apr

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The Scene Setter. River walk offers a chance for locals to enjoy nature, without having to hit the road. It’s south Bakersfield location is convenient for those who want to enjoy outdoor activities at their convenience.

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The Medium. The park is filled with available space for BBQ’s, parties, and get togethers for all to enjoy.

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The Portrait. the park has a paved bike path for bikers, joggers, skaters, and dog walkers alike.

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The Detail Shot. Riverwalk also has an ampitheatre where occasional concerts are held to offer some entertainment.

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The Action Shot. The lake is stocked with trout for Bakersfields fishing fans. Many come out for a quick fishing trip, to practive their fly fishing technique, or just to throw their line out and relax.

 

 

 

Bakersfield Live in Kern County!

26 Apr

If your looking for a little more than neon lights and some cocktails to fufill your saturday night or sunday funday, Bakersfield has a variety of fun spots to check out live music with your friends and family!

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Ethels Old Corral is located in northeast Bakersfield off of Alfred Harrel Highway and has plenty to offer for a good time.

Ethel’s is a pit stop for Bikers, Cowboys and girls, cyclists and many more for a cold drink, good food, and their famous sunday fun day set up!

On sundays Ethel’s is alive and kicking with live music on their patio where the crowd grabs a drink, finds a partner and then makes their way on to the dance floor. Ethel’s brings in a mixed crowd who come out to enjoy a little bit of country, classic rock, classic country and some blues! 

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B Ryders Sports bar is located in Southwest Bakersfield off of White Lane and has quickly become a hot spot for entertainment.

They offer a great environment for sports fanatics to have a drink, watch the game and socialize.

If your into reggae, hip hop, underground hip hop, punk rock and alternative then B Ryders is the place for you. They host a variety of these genres and then some. The environment is dark but the memorabilia covering the walls gives it a cool and collective vibe.

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Jerry’s Pizza and Pub is located in downtown Bakersfield and has been known as great spot to catch a live band.

Jerry’s small personal stage allows a great experience, and you can grab a beer and some pizza while you enjoy the show! 

Jerry’s hosts rock, alternative, punk, indie and rap performers and brings in quite the crowd. While passing through downtown Bakersfield on a night when Jerry’s is set to entertain, it is hard not to notice the line wrapped around the sidewalk awaiting the show!

 

Bakersfield, start your engines!

19 Apr

Bakersfield has a reputation for being a boring hole in the wall, but this down has many hidden treasures as well as claims for fame!

Bakersfield has history in different areas but I’d like to focus on the towns racing community. Bakersfield is full of motorsports fan, and is home to some great NASCAR drivers such as Kevin Harvick and Kasey Mears. Finally this little “hole in the wall” will once again have a paved raceway, the Kern County Raceway.

551352_532799283429423_324333519_n May 4, 2013 attendees of Bakersfield’s Kern raceway will have a lot to take in. The newly constructed track has plenty of features for the fans to enjoy.  The tracks construction team has been working hard for over a year now to prepare a track to be proud of.

The track has just over 4,000 seats, all with a good view of the track so fans are sure to enjoy all of the action. According to the tracks website, the seating has the capability to expand to 15,000 seats for major events.

Along with general seating, they have built also built an up-scale VIP section of suites available to those who want prime seating and a more private environment. The suits are enclosed with glass viewing windows, and have the capacity for 500 people.

During the building of the track, the road leading into the facility has been named Raceway Boulevard. This new road leads into the parking area, which offers acres of parking for guests’ convenience.

The infield of the track is 125,000 square feet in diameter and has potential for many events such as concerts, motorcycle racing and many more.