The fiddlers of Tehachapi, Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Fresno and surrounding areas will be competing this year at the 38th Annual “Fiddlin’ Down the Tracks” Fiddle Contest on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20.
One of the most interesting and useful pieces of equipment on our old farm is a hammer mill, which was designed to take grain or hay and grind it down into a consistency that can be more easily used in a feed mix, or more readily be eaten and digested by livestock. This particular model is called a Grain Buster and it was manufactured by Montgomery Ward and ordered at the local "Monkey Ward" store in Tehachapi by my late uncle, Henry Hand, in the early 1950s. It was shipped by train to Tehachapi and it arrived at our local railroad depot where my uncle picked it up, and it has been used to mill thousands of tons of feed since that momentous day when it arrived.
Our Ford 600 tractor, which my uncle bought new from Berchtold Equipment in Bakersfield in 1956, powers the mill. A long leather belt, twenty feet long and six inches wide, runs from the hammer mill to a Power Take Off pulley on the tractor. With the tractor and mill joined by the leather belt and the Ford throttled up, you can convert whole grain into cracked or ground feed at the rate of about a ton per hour. If you're running it by yourself, it's a workout -- you have to move constantly in order to keep up with the mill, putting grain in the hopper and switching to empty feed sacks as they fill up.
Tehachapi Community Theatre announces a new program to help other charitable organizations in their fund raising efforts called Tickets for Charity.
This program was introduced as a pilot program for the 2013-14 season and proved very beneficial for the organizations involved.
"Best in the West!" will be the theme of this year's Kern County Fair, to be held Sept. 17 through 28 at the Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. "P" St., Bakersfield.
"We are thrilled with this year's line-up and think fairgoers will have a great time," said Mike Olcott, chief executive officer of the Kern County Fair.
The GraceFest AV benefit concert will return to the Palmdale Amphitheater again this year bringing music and the gospel message. The Christian music festival will open with a Prayer Rally Friday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by the Main Event Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Palmdale Amphitheater is located at 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale.
Free admission will be offered to the Prayer Rally Friday evening to kick off the event. The rally will feature guest speakers Devin Thomas, principal of Desert Christian High School, Robert Enos, Apostle, of Greater Works Christian Center, and Reverend Jeffrey Elmore, who has pastored churches for 22 years and served as a hospital chaplain for 15 years.
On Aug. 22, Family Life Pregnancy Center celebrated "An Evening for Life" Dinner and Auction. The event was held at Dorner Family Vineyards off of Banducci.
The purpose of the event was to raise funds for the center. We hold two major fundraisers a year to support and maintain the Center for the upcoming year. Dinner was catered by Don Juan's Grille with wine tasting. Beer tasting was offered by the new brewery in town HoneyWagon Brewing. Tastries Bakery from Bakersfield delighted guests with their beautiful dessert creations. The Honky Tonk Truckers Band serenaded us into the evening with some dance tunes for guests to cut the rug to!
Known for some of the best tree-ripened apples in the country, some Tehachapi orchards have already opened their gates for harvesting.
Some local growers offer "U-pick" or "We-Pick" options for locals and visitors, including Knaus Apple Ranch, located on Cherry Lane at Tucker Road.
What better way to gear up for the grueling 97-mile mountain bicycle ride than to load yourself carbohydrates at Tehachapi's Gran Fondo Pasta Fest?
The Salvation Army opened the doors to its new community center at 538 E. Tehachapi Blvd. on Aug. 27 to a small crowd of parents and children, the first of many the organization hopes to serve in the coming school year.
The kindergarten students at Golden Hills Elementary were welcomed back to school with an new playground. After working hard to fundraise for the upgrade, the Golden Hills Parent Teach Organization (GHPTO) approached the Tehachapi Unified School District (TUSD) to discuss designs and installation.
Although there are estimated to be about 4,000 different species of spiders in the U.S. and Canada, the Tehachapi Mountains are home to far fewer than that, and most of the spiders you will encounter come from only about a dozen different families. The largest family of spiders in the world is Salticidae, the Jumping Spiders, comprising an amazing 13 percent of all spider species in existence. There are several different species of Jumping Spider found locally, and these are among the most interesting and colorful of all spiders found in our mountains.
The first ever Tehachapi GranFondo cycling event has already exceed original projected expectations, said Michelle Vance, community outreach coordinator for Tehachapi City.