The Tri-County Fair Needs Your Help!

The California Fair Industry needs your help, including the Tri-County Fairgrounds. Our industry is facing bankruptcy, with many California Fairgrounds preparing for complete closure as early as this month due to COVID 19.  Mass gatherings are currently the last phase of the re-opening plan for California, which is forecasted to be months away.  This means ZERO revenue opportunities for fairgrounds.  We’ve had to be self-sufficient by generating funds through various events which is not possible at this time. We already operate on a very tight budget and losing this entire event season is catastrophic. We don’t qualify for the SBA Loans or the Paycheck Protection Programs.  Since we are a District Agricultural Association, we look to the state for help.  Governor Newsom has made it clear that we should not anticipate any type of “emergency funding” to get us through these times.  This is scary, this is real, it’s not exaggerated, and yes, this will eventually affect YOUR Tri-County Fairgrounds which serves the communities of Inyo, Mono and Alpine Counties.

How can you help? I am working with a Network of California Fairs on a grassroots campaign to make our case to the Legislature for essential emergency funding. Sacramento needs to hear our voice! They need to know what the fair does for our community, education, the economic development of our county, and for you. They need to know that we are more than just a place to purchase a corn dog, we serve the community year round as community and emergency evacuation centers. I ask that you send a personalized letter to each of the emails listed below (in your respective district) and show the need for this emergency funding source. I have included a sample letter that can be used or you can personalize it to your position on this issue. It’s time to bang on the door and let Sacramento hear our voice! #fairstrong

We are stronger together, and together we intend to prevail…please help!

Write a Letter of Support (WORD DOC)
Read Letter from State of California


 The Tri-County Fairgrounds is closed through the end of June for the safety of our community.  You may call the Fair Office (760) 873-3588 or email us () if you have any questions. We are checking messages and Jen is on grounds. We will keep you updated on future events as we monitor the situation.  Stay safe! We are doing our part to keep our community safe.  We will release updated information as soon as possible.

UPDATE 5/7/2020

In a decision sure to disappoint hundreds of young high school rodeo competitors, their families, spectators and sponsors, the Tri-County Fairgrounds Board of Directors held an Emergency Meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2020, where they passed a unanimous motion to cancel the CHSRA State Rodeo Finals scheduled for June 7 – June 14. As many as 300+ of the state’s best cowboys and cowgirls normally compete at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

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The Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair is a true country fair that shows off all that Inyo, Mono and Alpine Counties have to offer. We boast a wide array of hand and homemade exhibits for all tastes and interests, interesting commercial and educational exhibits and tons of free entertainment all for the price of admission. For the more adventurous there are main arena events including concerts, traditional rodeo and the ever-popular destruction derby, not to mention a fantastic family friendly carnival! And don’t forget all the great events we host the rest of the year from Mule Days to Swap Meets and Car shows to Film Festivals, we’ve got something for everyone. Come check it all out!





Surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Eastern Sierra Mountains, Tri-County Fairgrounds offers an unforgettable setting for your weddings, quinceañeras and receptions. Celebrate with family and friends with a spectacular backdrop of scenic alpine peaks. The 6,000 square feet of space in the Heritage Arts Building and attached lawn area is perfect for events for up to 375 guests with striking mountain vistas. Our Charles Brown Auditorium is perfect for larger events, seating up to 900. With 4 buildings available to rent and 80 acres of outdoor space, the possibilities are endless.

Event Facilities


Host your next event at the Tri-County Fairgrounds! Let the natural beauty of the Eastern Sierras serve as inspiration during your next offsite, meeting, retreat or social event. We offer a variety of separate event sites, outside and indoor options and flexible space and seating configurations. Our venues including large ballrooms, flexible meetings spaces, break-out rooms, and outdoor areas. Endless outdoor adventure excursions, including fly-fishing to guided pack excursions take team building and bonding to the next level at your next corporate retreat. With plenty of local lodging accommodations Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds is perfect for your next gathering.

Contact us at 760-873-3588 to reserve your date today.

Meeting Facilities


We are excited to announce the EASTERN SIERRA ROPERS CLUB at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.  Do you like to team rope, breakaway, steer stop?  Come out on Wednesdays @ 5PM (weather permitting) and practice with us. It’s $5 to join the club and $20 per horse to rope.

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