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Whiskey Flat Days brings much-needed tourism

Whiskey Flat Days brings much-needed tourism

KERNVILLE, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — It's a time when Kernville gets a face-lift and reverts back to when the area was settled by gold miners, cattle ranchers, trappers and Native Americans. It's the annual Whiskey Flat celebration.
 
Everywhere you looked this weekend, there were people, and more people in Kernville.

With the massive population increase certainly comes a lot of cash, so the 57th annual Whiskey Flat Days couldn't come at a better time. Kernville officials said business is down 50 percent from previous years.

"We've taken a hit the last three years because of the water we haven't had, we're in a drought," said Lily Mason with the Kernville Chamber of Commerce.

The Kernville area relies heavily on the tourism from Lake Isabella. But, with water levels lower, lake officials said many people are not enjoying the wet activities it usually has to offer.

Kern Lodge owner John Davis said thanks to Whiskey Flat he sold out at full price the entire weekend.

"This will make our entire month of February. This will account for 60 to 70 percent of my February income," Davis said.

Whiskey Flat officials said the event should bring in about $100,000 for local businesses.

Amanda Barras of Redondo Beach and her son, Stone, enjoyed Whiskey Flat for the first time.

"It's a good history lesson for Stone out here," said Barras.

Whiskey Flat offers a leap back to the good ol' wild west days and the history behind Kernville.
 
Around 50,000 people are expected to visit over the Presidents' Day weekend.

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