A black cloud still hangs over the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds, created by a string of embezzling by CEOs and poor management. The main event, the Tri-County Fair, has not been at is top form in the last several years complete with lackluster entertainment, a lack of customer service, prizes for entries have topped out at bragging rights and prices for everything continue to rise.
This was the consensus of the small crowd of about 30 at a public workshop on how to make the fair and fairgrounds better held Monday, July 9.
The public has complained about how the fair has been run, when given the chance, so the Fairgrounds Board of Directors and management welcomed the public to provide their input. There wasn’t a board meeting for three months following the 2017 fair; a fair shrouded in controversy when longtime Fairgrounds Maintenance Manager Ben Barlow was fired two weeks before the event.