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Mono on Display at the State Fair

MONO COUNTY EXHIBIT WINS THREE AWARDS AT STATE FAIR

At the California State Fair County Exhibit Awards Presentation on Friday, July 10th, Mono County was honored with three different ribbons  — a Gold Award,  Best Use of Produce, Products, Artifacts, and a Best of Division award for “Professionally Built” exhibits.

Alicia Vennos, Economic Development Director for Mono County, attended the event and accepted the Gold Award and the ribbon for Best Use of Products, Produce, Artifacts on behalf of the county.  She explains, “We were thrilled to win two ribbons but when our name was announced for the third time for the Best of Division for Professionally Built exhibits, it was perfect that our builder, John Quierolo, was there to accept this prestigious recognition.”  Mr. Quierolo has created Mono County’s exhibit for several years now and his hard work, building skills, and vast collection of Gold Rush era antiquities and artifacts, have earned many awards for the Mono County exhibit over the years.

Mono County’s exhibit this year features a street corner in Bodie, complete with four separate false store fronts, a boardwalk, an authentic hearse carriage, and a mining car piled high with ore in front of  a mine shaft.  The biggest draw, however, seems to be the two-seater outhouse which has fair-goers lined up for humorous photos. Once again, this year, the Blue Canyon Gang — a Western Action Drama Group — has volunteered to dress up in period costume and staff the exhibit.  The County Exhibit theme this year is “Festival & Events” and the county’s list of events is available for folks to take away.

Mono County Supervisor and Chair of the Board, Tim Fesko, commented that “Almost a million people attend the State Fair every year, and the exhibit is a tremendous way for Mono County to reach the Northern California visitor market.  We are very pleased to be honored with three awards this year and we deeply appreciate the participation of the Blue Canyon Gang for bringing wonderful animation to our exhibit.”

The California State Fair runs from July 10-26 at the Cal Expo grounds in Sacramento

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Inyo Exhibit at the State Fair

Inyo’s Best on Display at the State Fair

Inyo County received a silver award at this year’s California State Fair.  The State Fair opened Friday, July 10.  The exhibit features popular events that take place throughout the year.  New contributors to the exhibit are the Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center, Inyo Council for the Arts, Tri County Fair, and Death Valley 49’ers.  Banners often seen at town entrances are hanging on the exhibit walls to encourage fair visitors to visit Inyo County and enjoy its many activities.  Events featured also include Mule Days, High School Rodeo Finals, Owens Lake Bird Festival, Manzanar Pilgrimage, Concert in the Rocks, fishing derbies and other community events from Bishop to Shoshone.  The exhibit is staffed daily by residents from Furnace Creek, Darwin, Lone Pine, Independence, and Bishop.  The Fair runs through Sunday, July 26, 11-10 weekdays, and 10-10 weekends.  Rich and Kathy White designed and constructed the exhibit and will have it set up at the Tri County Fair for those who are unable to see it in Sacramento.

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Photo submitted by Rich and Kathy White
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