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Fair Board Meeting

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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Alleged Embezzlement at the Tri-County Fair

CHP Investigating Alleged Fairgrounds Embezzlement

The California Highway Patrol issued a statement today confirming an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds from the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds. Former CEO Sally Symons was detained Wednesday for questioning. Symons and the Tri-County Fairgrounds parted ways during this years fair.

The CHP statement:

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, 2015, Symons, who is a former employee of the Tri-County Fair, 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.

In 2013, the CHP investigated a similar embezzlement case involving the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds.  Both investigations are unrelated.

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Fair CEO Asked to Step Down

Sally Symons Resigns

As the 2015 Tri-County fair was starting up, CEO Sally Simons was asked to step down.  The 2015 fair opened on Thursday, and the board of directors asked Symons to step down Friday.   Board President Paul Dostie confirmed that Symon’s final day as CEO was this past Sunday.

Reached for comment, Symons said that she was not given a specific reason for the boards decision, but confirmed the board asked her to step down.  Symons began her post as CEO in March of 2014.

The board consists of Dostie,first vice president Robert Levy, second vice president Joanne Parsons, and directors Jacque Hickman and Nina Weisman.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors to the Tri-County Fair (the 18th District Agricultural Association) will be Thursday, September 17th at the City of Bishop office meeting room at 10am for a financial analysis meeting.  The board will then continue their meeting at 1pm in the boardroom of the main office at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

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IMA Idol Prelims are this Saturday

Local Singers compete Saturday

The Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair is pleased to announce that there are 11 singers entered in this year’s IMA Idol Singing contest. The public is invited to come out and watch the preliminaries free of charge on Saturday, August 22 at 3:00 on the Miller Stage at the Fairgrounds. All 11 contestants will perform, and the top 5 will be chosen to perform as the opening acts for the Austin Webb concert on Thursday night of the fair (Thursday, September 3rd), where an overall winner and People’s Choice winner will be chosen.

In addition to bragging rights the winners will receive cash prizes and Fair Event Admission packages.

We have singers ranging in age from 13 to 72, singing everything from original songs to current pop hits, classic country, oldies and show tunes. It will be a fun afternoon of free entertainment to get everyone excited for the fair,” commented Fair CEO Sally Symons. “We hope the public comes out and supports the local talent at the preliminaries, and then again at the finals during the Austin Webb Concert.”

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