Disneyland is supposed to be the â€śhappiest place on Earth.â€ť But in the Owens Valley, that title has to go to the Tri-County Fairgrounds, or at least thatâ€™s the image Jim Tatum had in mind, without the rodents with oversized heads, when he took the job of Chief Executive Officer 20 years ago.
â€śNinety-eight percent of the fairground events are for fun,â€ť he said. â€śEven the wakes turn into parties. You just walk around the Fair, as small as our community is, you see relationships rekindled. Thatâ€™s why every tree has a bench around it. The Fair is a social event.â€ť
Six young ladies will be putting their wit, poise, talent and yes, beauty, to the test this week in Bishopâ€™s first-ever, area-wide beauty pageant.
Charismatic and confident, the contestants have survived an intensive six-week pageant preparation class and a challenging judges interview, said Kristina Roberts, a Parks and Recreation staff member, former pageant contestant and now the City of Bishop pageant founder and coordinator.
Last-minute notification on state permit requirements, and an inability to meet those requirements in the timeframe given, has the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce feeling like the Grinch just stole the townâ€™s Christmas.
The status of the annual Lone Pine Christmas Parade is in question â€“ and at one point was said this week to be canceled altogether â€“ because organizers were not aware of requirements Caltrans is enforcing for approving road closures and detours.