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Tri-County Fairgrounds Win Bid to Continue Hosting High School Rodeo Finals

Last week, a trio consisting of Tri-County Fairgound’s CEO, Jen McGuire, Bishop City Mayor Jim Ellis, and Toggery Manager Justin Snyder ventured out to Plymouth, California to secure the rights to host the California High School State Rodeo Finals.

The group attended the annual Challenge of Champions Rodeo, where they subsequently plead their case to decision makers as to why Bishop is the perfect town to host the event.

At the event, Jen McGuire explained why she believes the city in the Eastern Sierra is the right place to host the contest. “Bishop is not only the best possible area for the event to take place, it’s the best possible experience.” Said the newly appointed CEO. “This town also provides visitors with an opportunity to go on a vacation.”

Decision-makers voted unanimously to approve Bishop as host of the High School Rodeo Finals until the year 2022.

The challenging city who also bid to host the event was Red Bluff, CA.

Red Bluff is a town in Tehama County with a population of 14,076. Before Bishop became the host of the contest, Red Bluff was the host city approximately ten years ago.

Tri-County Fair Entry Forms Available

Local Rodeo, ATV Rodeo, IMA Idol and Horse Show entries being accepted

Entry forms are now available online and in the Fair office for several Tri-County Fair events. In addition to the regular exhibit entries and contests contained in the Exhibitor’s Guidebook, forms are now available for the IMA Idol Singing contest, the ATV Rodeo, the Local Rodeo and the Fair Horse show. They can be found online at www.tricountyfair.com or in the main office on the Fairgrounds.

The IMA Idol contest has a few new twists this year. Competitors in this event are not subject to an age limit, and can have instrumental accompaniment (within the rules) should they choose. “The biggest change to the IMA Idol contest is that there will be a preliminary contest on Saturday, August 22 that is free to the public to watch, and the top five performers from the preliminaries will go on to compete as the openers for the Austin Webb Concert during the fair,” stated Fair CEO Sally Symons. Cash and fair ticket packages are the prizes for the IMA Idol Contest that is proudly sponsored by The Sound Shoppe and Sierra Wave Media.

We have also changed up the ATV Rodeo a bit this year,” commented Symons. “Last year’s first time go at it was a great success, but ran a little long. We have tightened up the events, added a time trial/ qualifier day, and the great guys from Bishop MotoCross are going to run it for us. This should help to make the show even more entertaining and fast paced for our guests.” There will also be an FMX stunt show prior to the ATV Rodeo featuring locally grown rider Dustin Nowak of Thrashed Kids, Inc. Last year’s participants had a great time and the winners took home cash prizes that were sponsored by Honda Motorsports, which is sponsoring again this year.

The Local Rodeo and Broncs & Bulls is another Fair favorite with entries now open. In addition to the traditional favorites, there have been a few additions to the Junior Rodeo Line-up, and the prize money for the rough stock has been doubled, which should make for a deeper field of competitors.

A popular day-time event during the fair is the Horse Show featuring English, Western, Halter, Hunter /Jumpers, trail and new this year a Versatility Ranch Horse division. Entry booklets for the Horse Show will be available at the Fair Office, Wye Road Feed and Sierra Saddlery. Anyone interested in sponsoring horse show classes can also contact the Fair office at 760-873-3588.

Any questions regarding entry into these events should be directed to the Tri-County Fairgrounds at 760-873-3588 or by emailing ceo@tricountyfair.com

cover photo courtesy of the Tri-County Fair

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