Gina McKinzey, of Chalfant Valley, has been appointed to the 18th District Agricultural Association, Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair Board of Directors. Governor Jerry Brown’s office announced the appointment Tuesday. McKinzie joins Bishop Union High School’s Wanda Summers as a recent appointee to the Tri-County Fair Board. The current board includes president Paul Dostie, vice presidents Robert Levy and Joanne Parsons, along with directors Jacque Hickman, Nina Weisman, Summers and now McKinzey.
McKinzey’s experience includes working as an administrative analyst at Inyo County Health and Human Services since 2014. She has also served as a staff service analyst at Inyo County Child Support Services from 2012 to 2014, an account technician at Inyo County Public Health Department from 2011 to 2012 and was a bookkeeper at Benefit Management Inc. from 2006 to 2010. McKinzey is treasurer at the Bishop Little League Board. This position does not require Senate confirmation and is no compensation. The Governors office notes that McKinzey is a Democrat.
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Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair board meeting Thursday
A regular meeting of the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair board is set for Thursday, November 5th in the boardroom of the main office at the Bishop Fairgrounds. The meeting of the 18th district agricultural association (fair board) will begin at 1pm.
Thursdays agenda includes the staff managers report from Suzanne Wolfsberger-Gruwell. Suzanne will cover events that have been happening at the fairgrounds since the last board meeting and will provide the exhibit report.
Ben Barlow will deliver the maintenance report and an update on the main arena timing clock.
Thursdays agenda also includes a Fair wrap-up looking at attendance, finances and the fair survey.
A executive session is scheduled to look at personnel matters including litigation with former CEO Sally Symons. As the 2015 Tri-County fair was starting up, then CEO Sally Symons was asked to step down. Symons worked as CEO from March of 2014 until Sunday, September 6th. According to a statement from the California highway patrol….”In July of 2015, the California Highway Patrol, Inland Division Investigative Services Unit, initiated an investigation into the possible embezzlement of funds from the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds. During the extensive investigation, CHP investigators determined Bishop area resident Sally Ann Symons, 46, embezzled funds belonging to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair. On October 21, Symons was detained and transported to the Bishop Area CHP office for questioning. The CHP report containing the embezzlement and other various charges will be submitted to the Inyo County District Attorney’s office for review.”
As of today (Tuesday, November 3rd) Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy confirms that his office is yet to receive the report.
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This years fair had a theme of “Where Heritage and Culture Come Together”. Among the featured contests were the Carne Asada cooking contest, Salas on the spot, the Viva Margarita competition, and Pecan Pie baking contest. Congratulations to all the winners.
Tri-County Fair Winners
Carne Asada Contest
1. Todd Lembke (aka The Mayor of Wilkerson)
2. Bruce Walder
3. Adrienne Martinez
Salas on the spot Contest
1. Ashley Switzer
Viva Margarita Contest
1. Sheryl Holmes
2. Lisa Yeager
3. Adrienne Martinez
Pecan Pie Contest
1. Alison Young
2. Joni Ferrell
1. Jesi Ferrell
2. Kennedy Bigham
Cover Photo, Todd Lembke, The Mayor of Wilkerson winning top honors in the Carne Asada contest.
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The Board of Directors at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair met recently and got the ball rolling for the 2015 edition of their flagship event, the Tri-County Fair. The winning slogan was submitted by Joshua Hinson and is “The Tri-County Fair, where Culture and Heritage come together.” Fair CEO Sally Symons commented, “There were over 50 entries this year, and it was a tough decision. Once again our community showed great support for this wonderful tradition.”
Other decisions about the annual end of summer celebration include the Pie Contest Flavor, which will be Pecan. And, for 2015 the Party Barn will become the “Fiesta Barn” with a Carne Asada BBQ contest, On The Spot Salsa contest (done “Chopped” style) and tortilla and fry bread contests. “With any luck we’ll have some margaritas, beer and live music too,” commented Symons.
Fair supporters and participants should look forward to other new contests and classes when the Exhibitors Handbook comes out in April. “We are hoping to change a few things up a bit and involve even more members of our three counties in the fun of entering exhibits at the Fair,” said Symons. “I’m confident that there is a lot of untapped creativity and talent out there that we would love to give a platform to at the fair while honoring our cultures and heritage this year.”
The Eastern Sierra Tri-county fair takes place Labor Day Weekend, Thursday, September 3rd through Sunday, September 6th.
In addition to the fun of fair planning, the 18th District Agricultural Association also elected its 2015 executive officers. Serving as President is Paul Dostie, representing Mono County, First Vice President is Robert Levy of Alpine County, and Second Vice President is Joanne Parsons, representing Inyo County.
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