65th Annual Whiskey Flat Days

One of the most popular Festivals in all of Southern California. Just a short 3 hour drive from Los Angeles, you will find the quaint town of Kernville, home to Whiskey Flat Days (50 miles east of Bakersfield on Hwy 178). Whiskey Flat Days is held every Presidents Day Weekend. It is a leap back to the good ol' Wild West Days when the area was settled by gold miners, cattle ranchers and trappers. Join us when Kernville reverts to its old name "Whiskey Flat" for four nostalgic days of fun for the entire family. Parade, Wild West Daze Rodeo, Wild West Encampment, Carnival Rides, Frog Jumping Contests, Whiskey Flat Mayor Contest, Food & Craft Booths, Epitaph, Costume & Whiskerino Contests, Line Dancing, Pet Parade, Blue Grass & Country Western Music, Art Show, Gunfighter Skits, Kids Activities, Games, & much more!

Wild West Daze Rodeo

Brought to you by Cotton Rosser's Flying U Rodeo

Flying U Rodeo Presents Whiskey Flat Days Wild West Daze Rodeo-Ticket will give entry to the rodeo for either Saturday or Sunday-Your choice. Providing quality family entertainment for 61 years at Whiskey Flat Days!

Cotton Rosser is a name that has become synonymous with quality rodeo production. After a ranch accident in 1956 abruptly ended a promising career as a rodeo contestant, Cotton purchased the Flying U Rodeo Company. For the past several decades, Cotton and his family have worked to make the Flying U one of the most successful stock contracting firms in professional rodeo. Cotton has long been known for his outstanding rodeo productions, including the flamboyant opening ceremonies presented at the National Finals Rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show and the Grand National Rodeo in San Francisc just to name a few. Rodeo is show business as far as he is concerned. According to Cotton, You have to run the show, you can't let the show run you. If you don't keep the audience entertained they will go somewhere else.


  • Open Team Roping
  • Bull Riding
  • Hide Race
  • Open Barrel Race
  • Junior Barrel Race
  • Calf Scramble
  • Sheep Riding
  • ...and more

Whiskey Flat Encampment

Cowboy and Mountain Men Encampment

On Scodie Ave. across from the Rodeo Grounds. You'll see history and gunfights.

All day there will be a Wells Fargo station and eatery, chuck wagon cook'n and coffee, a horse trader and livery.

There'll be horse shoe'n and horse doctor'n, the Whiskey Flats Saloon, and Justice of the Peace, a saddle maker and leather craft, a bath house, beautifier and hygenist, storytellers of the Old West, mining and sawmill demonstrations and a Civil War Confederate camp!


Whiskey Flat Days Vendor Applications

  1. Complete PDF Application
  2. Email application to info@gotokernville.com
  3. Pay for all fees (including deposit)
Spaces will not be reserved or guaranteed unless all fees are paid

Rodeo Ground Vendor Application
Craft/Commercial Vendor Application
Non Profit Vendor Application
Food Vendor Application
Payment Deadline is Dec. 15th for print advertisement