The sweet smell of the Tri-County Fair is in the air.
Entry forms for exhibits are being accepted starting this week and tickets go on sale next weekend in anticipation of the annual end-of-summer celebration scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 1.
The Fair exhibit office, located near the stables on the grounds, will be open all this week through Saturday to accept exhibit entry forms. Exhibits themselves will be accepted on varying schedules – depending on the type and contest – as outlined in the Fair’s Exhibit Guidebook.
Tickets for everything from the Destruction Derby, always a sell out, to pre-event admission tickets and carnival ride wrist bands will be made available Saturday, Aug. 27. If history shows anything about ticket sales, the line for tickets, particularly derby tickets, should start forming soon.
Along with exhibit staples, like preserves and vegetables, quilts and photographs, there are a few new categories and events offered this year. The barbecue contest will be more of an at-home affair – with grilling optional – as this year’s category is meatloaf. New in the baked goods category, and keeping with this year’s “Happy Days” theme, is the “Blueberry Hill” Muffin Contest and “Mrs. C’s” Peanut Butter Cookie Contest. Both offer a $50 cash award for first place.
This year’s pie flavor is all-American apple. This year’s prize is a $750 gift certificate from AAA to any Disneyland resort.
Also returning to the fair this year will be the ICARE pet show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 and the popular Bishop Lions Club Fishing Derby Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m.
Friday is the Party Barn event featuring the Homebrewed Beer and Wine Contest and Homemade Salsa and Dip Contest. Judging for both contests will take place at 6 p.m.
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.
New to the truck pull is a freestyle motocross demonstration in the arena.
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.
Saturday is also Kid’s Day, with free admission for the little tykes and a chance for youngsters to put their name into a raffle for free bicycles.
And one of the biggest highlights of the Fair, the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department Destruction Derby will be held Sunday, Sept. 3.
All weekend long the Fair crowds will be serenaded by the sounds from the free MGD Stage. Listen to the classic rock of Flashback, the pops of Bishop Community Big Band and Garratt Wilkin’s Whiskey Ducks and his other group, the Jimmy Buffet-cover band known as the Parrotheads.
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.