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Who Knew campaign aims to make Bakersfield citizens ambassadors for the city

Grassroots group kicks-off efforts by sharing quirky Bakersfield facts on Facebook

The Bakersfield Vision 2020 Image Committee, a group of local professionals charged with measurably improving the image of Greater Bakersfield, has kicked-off their Who Knew campaign. The goal of the new campaign is to instill a sense of pride in Bakersfield citizens, making them a positive voice for the community. The campaign begins with the posting of quirky and positive Bakersfield facts shared on their Facebook page, Who Knew Bakersfield.

Each week, the page will be updated with entertaining and oddball facts about the city. The committee hopes that locals will enjoy reading the unusual facts about Bakersfield, and will share those facts with friends and family.

"We want conversation starters. Kugel Balls, international body-building and CSU Bakersfield's former 'grocery store offices' are just a few of the interesting topics everyone will learn about if they 'Like' our Facebook page," said David Gordon, assistant director of the Bakersfield Museum of Art and member of the Vision 2020 Image Committee.

The group plans to grow the campaign to include locally-themed events and contests for citizens with the most Bakersfield pride.

Past Vision 2020 Image Committee efforts include Houchin Blood Bank's Community-Wide Blood Drive, donations for which have reached record highs; historic trolley tours of downtown Bakersfield, which are on hiatus but set to resume with a new trolley soon; and permanent "Welcome to Bakersfield" signs at the North and South city limits.

Visit us on Facebook at "Who Knew Bakersfield"

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