Califonia Bountiful

On location: Kern County

Mar./Apr. 2015 California Bountiful magazine

What makes it distinctive? Find out!

The Golden Empire is the third-largest county in California and home to a living ghost town, thriving Air Force base, state and national parks, and communities large and small. Kern County is diverse in many ways, from mountains to valleys, waterways to deserts, and a range of crops including grapes, nuts, milk and carrots.

Greg Wegis, Buttonwillow

Greg Wegis and his extended, multi-generational family members are partners and co-owners of Wegis & Young, which grows almonds, pistachios, processing tomatoes, carrots, corn, wheat and alfalfa. He and partners also started two agriculture-related companies, Water Associates and Redtrac. Wegis, his father and grandfather have all served as president of the Kern County Farm Bureau.

Moo Creamery, Bakersfield

The name "moo" represents both dairy and beef offered at this popular eatery, which highlights local ingredients and has a bakery and soda fountain. Moo offers daily specials and serves burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and sides.

Annual Wildflower Exhibit, Ridgecrest

Hosted by the Maturango Museum, this April 10-12 event showcases desert wildflowers and landscapes with displays, speakers and tours. The museum grounds feature xeriscape landscaping, sculptures, a labyrinth and more.

Tortoise Days, California City

Named to honor the local tortoise research area, Tortoise Days celebrate desert flora and fauna and the city's 50th anniversary. Visitors to the May 2-3 event can enjoy music, games, rides, food, vendors and a parade.

Kern County Museum, Bakersfield

Exhibits include an oil discovery simulation and 16-acre pioneer village with 50-plus historic structures where guests can walk through history. Also, the annual Kern County Nut Festival takes place here May 9.

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