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Boy Scouts carry on tradition with Kern County Fair potato booth

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It's fair season in Kern County, which means rides and a lot of fried food. But, something you might not think about is potatoes.

The Boy Scouts of America has a baked potato booth at the Kern County Fair. The potatoes are donated, and all the money goes back to the Boy Scouts.

It's a tradition that's been going on for over 60 years.

"Last year, we sold 11,744 potatoes," said Cindy Clark, volunteer and mom of a Boy Scout.

Jacob Price, one of the Boy Scouts, was able to go to a camp in Washington, D.C., because of these tasty taters.

"We got to see all the big monuments, we got to say hi to Kevin McCarthy," said Price. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. ... when you get to the camp, the friendships that you make during that two weeks is life-lasting ..."

For these next few days, the Boy Scouts will butter up fairgoers to sell as many potatoes as they can.

If you want to go support the Boy Scouts, their booth is on Main Street, and the potatoes with toppings start at $5.

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