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The 2020 Tri-County Fair Has Been Cancelled

The 2020 Tri-County Fair has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

CEO, Jen McGuire discussed how the Inyo County Public Health Department believed it would not be best to host the fair this year due to the State of California not allowing any mass gatherings.

McGurie also says that she has tried to find a solution when it comes to hosting the fair, but it was just not possible.

“We have tried different ideas, and I have laid awake each night to see if we can do a virtual fair, or an open market, or anything possible to try and make work. Unfortunately it is just not going to happen with our numbers continuing to rise, and  COVID numbers will continue to rise for the next two to three weeks. I have to tell you cancelling fair was something that we kind of all knew was coming, but it is just sad that it actually is happening. We have tried everything we possibly could to make it happen,” McGuire said.


Sally Symons Pleads Guilty

Sally Ann Symons Pleads Guilty to Misappropriation of Government Funds

submitted by Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy

Sally Ann Symons entered a plea of guilty today to a felony violation of Penal Code section 424, misappropriation of government funds. The charge alleged that the misappropriation took place between August, 2014 and September, 2015, while Ms. Symons served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Tri-County Fairgrounds, and followed an investigation conducted by the California Highway Patrol Inland Division Investigative Services Unit.

Under the terms of an agreed disposition, Ms. Symons will be placed on five years of formal probation, and required to serve up to 270 days in the Inyo County jail as a term of that probation. The court will set the exact length of the jail term when she appears for sentencing on March 14, 2016 in Bishop. She will be ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9,860.00 and will not be allowed to work in any positions allowing her to handle the money of third parties without the permission of her probation officer. She will also be required to stay off of the premises of the Tri-County Fair during the term of her probation. The Court will also have discretion to set fines and fees. By law, she will be forbidden from holding any public office in the future. Under the terms of the disposition, Ms. Symons will not be allowed to participate in electronic monitoring.

Sentencing will take place on March 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bishop Branch of the Inyo County Superior Court.

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Tri-County Fair Winners

Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair Results

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

Junior Division

1. Ashley Switzer

Viva Margarita Contest

1. Sheryl Holmes

2. Lisa Yeager

3. Adrienne Martinez

Pecan Pie Contest


1. Alison Young

2. Joni Ferrell

Junior Division

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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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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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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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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Destruction Derby in Jeopardy

Tri-County Fair Destruction Derby needs Drivers

Statement from the Tri-County Fair

The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department’s Destruction Derby for 2015 is in jeopardy. This long standing crowd favorite is a mainstay of the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair, and it needs the support of the Eastern Sierra Communities. “As of Friday, July 10 there were not enough entries to have a Destruction Derby this year. So, the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department and the Tri-County Fair are pulling together and asking the fans to help save the event,” commented Fair CEO Sally Symons.

“For some reason entries are down, and several regular drivers lost sponsorship this year. We know this is a crowd favorite, and are asking the communities of the Eastern Sierra to help out. Consider entering a car or even helping to sponsor one,” said Symons.

Besides being the highlight of the Fair for many, the Destruction Derby is a huge fundraiser for the Fire Department and the Fair as well. Symons continued, “By providing this great night of all-American entertainment to the fans, both organizations benefit financially, helping to make their year round services and activities available.” In 2014 the Fire Department’s portion of the proceeds was $34,000.00 and the Fair received just under that amount at $30,000.00.

Those interested in entering the Derby or getting in touch with a driver to help sponsor a car should contact the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department at 760-873-5485.

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Jr Livestock Show Sponsors needed

Tri County Fair Looking for sponsors

With the 2015 Junior Livestock Show and Auction only two months away, the Eastern Sierra Tri County Fair is looking for help from the community, specifically for award sponsors. “We are about half way to our goal for sponsorship fund for this year’s awards program. So if you are a regular donor, and just haven’t gotten to it yet, give us a call, and if you are a first time supporter, we’d love to have you,” says fair CEO Sally Symons

The Junior Livestock Show is slated for July 8-11, 2015 at the Eastern Sierra Tri County Fairgrounds.  The event provides local 4-H and FFA youth from as far south as Olancha and as far north as Gardnerville, the opportunity to exhibit their projects, what they’ve learned and compete for awards in everything from bunnies to beef cattle, and poultry to pigs. And new to the mix this year is a meat goat category. “Livestock projects teach our youth responsibility, work ethic, budgeting, the concepts of expenses, profit & loss, and gives insight into where our food comes from and how to provide for others,” continued Symons.

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Kristy Dohnel with her winning steer at the 2014 Junior Livestock Show (photo by Gerry Tanksley)

If you would like to make a donation to the sponsor fund for this year’s Junior Livestock Show please contact the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair at PO Box 608, Bishop CA 93515, or you can call 760-873-3588. Symons then concluded, “Also, if you or your organization would like to learn more about the Junior Livestock Show, we can arrange to have participating youth and/or Fair Staff meet with you.”

Cover Photo, Kara Felgar with her turkey from the 2014 Junior Livestock Auction (photo by Gerry Tanksley)

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