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McFarland is a city in Kern County in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The 2015 movie McFarland, USA was based on the town's high school cross-country team, which won 24 state championships between 1987 and 2013.


McFarland is a small farming community that was established in 1908. Local crops are cotton, sugar beets, potatoes, and roses.

  • McFarland City Hall, 401 West Kern St, +1 661 792-3091, fax: +1 661 792-3093. M-Th: 8AM-4:30PM.

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California Highway 99 bisects McFarland granting access from Fresno to the north and Bakersfield to the south.

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  • 1 Auto Club Famoso Raceway, 33559 Famoso Rd (SR-99 south, exit Paso Robles Highway/Famoso Road and go east about 4 miles), +1 661 399-5351, fax: +1 661 399-2608, . The Famoso Raceway is a 1/4 mile drag strip featuring both local and national series racing. See the website for a schedule of race dates.






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  • Bakersfield - Nicknamed "the country music capital of the West Coast", Bakersfield is the largest city in the southern San Joaquin Valley and is thus the best option for those seeking lodging, transportation, or other services.
  • Wasco - Located southwest of McFarland, Wasco is known as the city of roses, with 55% of all roses grown in the USA grown in and around Wasco. Its annual spring Rose Festival attracts visitors from all over southern California.
  • Delano - Located north of McFarland on Highway 99, Delano was a major center in the push for farmworker's rights, and includes a federally-landmarked complex that was the first headquarters for Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers organization.
Routes through McFarland
FresnoDelano  N California 99.svg S  BakersfieldLos Angeles
Lost HillsWasco  W California 46.svg E  END

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