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  • Autumn Fun Guide 2023

    Jul 6, 2024

    Join the fun! Apple Festival, Carnival, 'Rain Check' Rodeo & more....

  • Fall Carnival, Oct. 13-15

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Sep 23, 2023

    Attention kids of all ages, the Tehachapi Fall Carnival is coming to town and will be bigger and better than ever! There is no better way to start the fall season than with a good ol' fashioned carnival. This year, your favorite collection of rides, games and tasty treats will be held at the Tehachapi Event Center and Rodeo Grounds on Friday, Oct. 13 (6 to 10 p.m.), Saturday, Oct. 14 (noon to 10 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 15 (noon to 9 p.m.). This new space allows for more rides and games than...

  • Thunder on the Mountain Car Show, Oct. 1

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Sep 23, 2023

    The storm may have rained out the celebrations on Aug. 20, but the fun didn't end on that day. We at the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce that the Thunder on the Mountain Car Show was rescheduled for Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come to Downtown Tehachapi on Green, F and Robinson Streets to view nearly 250 classic cars. Purchase local beer at Centennial Plaza and enjoy lunch at one of the many downtown eateries. At noon, all the cars will rev their engines and...

  • Let us entertain you at the Apple Festival, Oct. 14-15

    Linda Carhart, contributing writer|Sep 23, 2023

    Every year we book a great line up of talented and entertaining musicians to play at Centennial Plaza during the two days of the Apple Festival. On Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. enjoy a new and different treat as The Boot Boogie Babes demonstrate line dancing and take you along for the journey as they teach the audience some of the dances. The Boot Boogie Babes, America's Favorite Line Dance Team provide a safe space for women of all ages, sizes and backgrounds to grow through their love of...

  • Fall is for planting

    Rick Gillies of Mountain Gardens Nursery and Pet, contributing writer|Sep 23, 2023

    I'm writing this article to let everyone know of some new and unusual plants that grow well here in Tehachapi! First of all, it's always better to plant spring-blooming plants in the fall. They establish better and you get a longer bloom time! Some perennials to consider are: Echinacea we have eight different varieties and we just received a beautiful load. Hardy geraniums, in six or seven varieties. Give them a try, you won't be disappointed. Saponaria, a beautiful pink flower. Asiatic and...

  • Bagpipes will be heard, Oct. 15

    Phyllis Belcher, contributing writer|Sep 23, 2023

    Bagpipe players and Scottish country dancers will be performing on the second day of Tehachapi's Apple Festival. It is an opportunity to enjoy colorful and lively entertainment when you attend this concert performed by the Kern County Pipe Band. The public is invited to come on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Tehachapi Community Church on the corner of Green and E streets. The band was formed eight years ago by Travis Combs and John Partanen. There are currently 12 members who...

  • Fall with John the Plumber

    John the Plumber|Sep 23, 2023

    Sept. 23 is the official first day of fall. It's a date that marks when the sun is exactly above the equator and day and night are of equal length. For those less interested in astronomy, fall signifies the beginning of the holiday season. For plumbers it means lots of panicked customers needing help with clogged sinks and toilets, particularly around Thanksgiving and Christmas. John Nelson, owner of John the Plumber, is no stranger to these calls. "Around the shop we don't call the day after...

  • Tehachapi Terror haunted house

    Tehachapi Terror|Sep 23, 2023

    Tehachapi Terror is a nonprofit Halloween haunted house, the first in our town's history. The event is free to enter, but will be accepting donations for local charity, Tehachapi Humanitarian Relief. Tehachapi Terror began in 2021 and is growing rapidly. It promises to be bigger, better and of course, scarier, this 2023 Halloween season. We'll be returning for our longest season yet, running Oct. 20, 21, 22 and 28, 29, 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. The line can get lengthy, so early arrival...

  • Visit Pulford Appletree Orchard

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Sep 23, 2023

    John and Becky Pulford have been growing apples in Tehachapi since the 1970s when the newly married couple arrived in town for John's new agriculture job. They started a hobby U-pick apple orchard in 1981 on Goodrick near Highway 58 which they operated until 1988 when they moved to their current location at 19440 Highline. They planted about 2,000 apple trees, featuring 13 varieties in 1994. The Pulford Appletree Orchard opened to the public in 1996 and now has 19 varieties of sweet and tart...

  • Mountain Dog Millworks

    Sep 23, 2023

    Family holidays will be even more special with custom-made furniture, dining/game tables, kitchen and bar accents (like charcuterie boards, see their ad on this page), live edge slabs and more! Mountain Dog Millworks are craftsmen and caretakers. Check out their website today at www.mountaindogmillworks.com....

  • An apple a day...

    Lily La B, contributing writer|Sep 23, 2023

    With the annual Tehachapi Apple Festival on Oct. 14-15 this year, I thought it would be fun to take a look at apples in history. The mother of all apple stories, of course, is in the Bible with Eve plucking the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and getting herself and Adam tossed out of Eden. The Bible doesn't specify that the fruit was an apple, and according to Wikipedia it could have been an apple, grape, fig, pomegranate or even a banana. In Western Europe the...

  • Apple pie makes your face look great

    Linda Carhart, contributing writer|Sep 23, 2023

    We've heard the chatter and we are trying to meet the demand. We will have more apple pie vendors at the Apple Festival this year. One of the highlights of Saturday's activities on Oct. 14 is the Apple Pie Eating Contest. The contest will be on Green Street just outside of Centennial Plaza. It takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday and we can accommodate up to 12 participants. There are cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. It's hilarious to watch a group of adults willing to stick their entire...

  • Diverse food, sweets at the Apple Festival, Oct. 14-15

    Linda Carhart, contributing writer|Sep 23, 2023

    What suits your fancy? It's an apple festival so we will have apples. But, do you love BBQ? How about a Tri Tip sandwich and fixings at the Red House BBQ booth? Right next to Red House you can purchase great sauce from Kickin Ash BBQ Sauce. You can get tamales, Mexican street corn, hot dogs, deep fried twisted potatoes with toppings or sliders with apple bacon. Why not have teriyaki, egg roll or chow mein from the Chinese food truck or sausage sandwiches, grilled chicken sandwiches, Philly...

  • Apple Pie Baking Contest, Oct. 15

    Linda Carhart, contributing writer|Sep 23, 2023

    Do you make a wicked apple pie? Enter The Loop newspaper's Apple Pie Baking Contest on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. on the street just outside of Centennial Plaza. Let's see how your recipe ranks against up to nine other bakers. Here are the rules. 1. The contest is open to anyone wishing to bake an apple pie. 2. Only 10 apple pies will be accepted, with a $10 entry fee per entry. 3. All apple pies will be accepted. 4. Pies MUST be checked in at the Apple Festival Organizer's booth at the stage in...

  • Library Big Book Sale, Oct. 14-15

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Sep 23, 2023

    Coinciding with Tehachapi's Apple Festival, the Friends of the Library's "Big Book Sale" takes place on Oct. 14 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Oct. 15 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) This will be another 2-in-1 sale. On Saturday there will be two areas of books set up in the library courtyard. The first area will have individually priced books. These will include a number of reasonably priced antique and other specialty books. The second section of books for sale will be the ever popular "Bag Sale." For these...

  • Vendors, vendors and more vendors at the Apple Festival, Oct. 14-15

    Linda Carhart, contributing writer|Sep 23, 2023

    It's an Apple Festival so of course we'll have apples, but we also want you to visit the 103 vendors lined up on Green Street and part of F Street this year. Our vendor merchandise includes potted cactus, succulents, macrame plant hangers, rugs, coasters, Croc charms, pins, toys, clogs, bubble guns, dolls, door hangers, wristlets, handmade wooden boxes, women's clothing and accessories. There will also be handcrafted bird houses/feeders, tea cup feeders, cutting boards, cheese slicers, razors...

  • 'Rain Check' Rodeo, Oct. 14

    TMRA|Sep 23, 2023

    Mountain Festival usually brings the quiet little town of Tehachapi into a full bloom of family fun time. From festival activities in the park to the flag waving at the PRCA Rodeo, Mountain Festival usually pleases one and all. Unfortunately, this year Hurricane Hillary made an appearance and events were cancelled. So, we are hosting a "Rain Check Rodeo" as a way to make up the missed fun. Celebrating 60 years of providing our community and the surrounding communities of Kern County, TMRA is...

  • Amazing fun with a maze

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Sep 23, 2023

    New to the Apple Festival this year will be a Red, White and Blue Step-over Maze designed by Dave Phillips, a well-known maze designer who moved to Tehachapi last year from the Los Angeles area. Phillips has been designing mazes, both physical and in print, since before moving to the United States from England in 1960. In 1993, Phillips designed the cover for the Aerosmith album "Amazing" and in 2017 designed the maze for Steven Spielberg's "The Haunting." He has authored over 50 books on mazes...