Today marks the first day of summer and organizers at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair already have many of the logistics ironed out for this year’s much-anticipated event.
Officials have confirmed that the popular Russell Brother’s Circus and Discovering Science shows will be returning and flavors for various cooking and baking contests have been selected.
The theme for this year’s event is “Happy Days are Yours and Mine,” and event organizers are planning a ’50s theme reflecting the good old days of the hit TV show “Happy Days.”
In keeping with that theme, fair organizers have come up with a unique menu for this year’s barbecue contest and will be sticking with a classic flavor for the pie contest.
In the barbecue arena, local backyard chefs will have an opportunity to show the folks at Al’s Diner a thing or two about homemade meat loaf.
Bakers are being asked to whip up their best all-American apple pie.
The fair will also be hosting the favorite cookie and dip contests, where residents have the freedom to select their favorite flavor and hope the judges find it as delectable as they do.
The Tri-County Fair Exhibitor’s Guidebook, which outlines the rules and regulations for dozens of fair contests, from the cookie and pie competition, to thousands of classes in categories including place setting and photography, is nearly complete and should be released by July.
Residents planning to compete in one or more fair contests are encouraged to get a copy of the book to see deadlines and rules.
As for entertainment, the fair has already booked Butler Amusements, which will be providing carnival games and rides, and the popular Discovering Science and Russell Brother’s Family Fun and Kids Play circus.
Organizers have also announced that the annual Tri-County Fair Horse Show will be returning and local members of 4-H will be organizing the annual petting zoo and agricultural displays.
There has been no word on musical performances on the MGD stage, but the fair has confirmed that legendary rock band Blue Öyster Cult will be performing in the Mike Booth Memorial Arena Friday, Sept. 2.
Residents will have an opportunity to get their octane fix Thursday night with the return of the WGAS Tractor Pull. The annual event features professional drivers as well as a few categories that allow local residents to compete against one another to see whose truck can pull the most weight the farthest.
Once again the CCPRA Rodeo will be held Saturday, Sept. 3, with professional cowboys riding bucking broncs and bulls. The Local Ranch Rodeo will be held Monday, Sept. 4, giving hometown cowboys and cowgirls an opportunity to compete in front of fair crowds.
And one of the biggest highlights of the fair, the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department Destruction Derby will be held Sunday, Sept. 3.
Residents interested in participating in the local rodeo or truck pull can call the Fairgrounds at (760) 873-3588.
Those who are interested in participating in the Destruction Derby can call the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department at (760) 873-5485.