Labor Day Weekend Fair in Bishop
The Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair is guaranteed to be the BEST FOUR DAYS OF SUMMER.
The Tri-County Fair is a traditional western American fair serving three counties in California—Inyo, Mono, and Alpine. Billed as the “Best Four Days of Summer” it’s packed with contests, a carnival, horse shows and western rodeo, country music concert, Main St. Parade, Demolition Derby—the locals’ favorite, and so much more. It all happens every Labor Day Weekend in Bishop. Fair contestants compete in a wide variety of crafts and talents like photography, painting, flower arranging, quilting, cupcake decorating, pie making, BBQ and chili cookoffs, clothing and textiles, floriculture, agriculture, farming, and more.
It’s a time to showcase and celebrate the talents and achievements of our local communities. Entering projects in the Fair Exhibits Competition allows you the opportunity to showcase your efforts and creative talents. We encourage all talents and all ages to enter one project this year!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31ST – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD
|The Tri-County Fair is your Labor Day weekend family adventure with multi-platinum and award-winning artists, rides, exhibits, a rodeo, demolition derby, and fun for the entire family! Here’s everything you need to know before you head to the Tri-County Fairgrounds.|
|Parking for the Fair is $5 with proceeds benefiting the Bishop High School Broncos Baseball team. If you pre-purchased parking, please have your ticket ready when you arrive. Parking attendants can scan your parking pass either on your phone or as a printed ticket.|
|ALL BARS WILL BE CREDIT CARD ONLY. All bars will be credit only. Food booths and craft vendors will accept cash and credit. There will be ATMs on-site.|
|Anyone purchasing alcohol will need to show their ID.|
|Security will be at the gate for bag search. To keep the line moving, please leave these things at home.|
- No weapons of any kind
- No outside alcohol
- No chairs
- No pets – service dogs are permitted
|New this year, our carnival provider, Butler Amusements, will have kiosks where you can purchase reloadable wristbands. Kiosks accept Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and Union Pay.|
At each kiosk, you can choose the following options:
REDEEM YOUR PRE-PURCHASED UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBAND
Using the tablet, scan the QR code/ Barcode from your carnival advance sale ticket. You are then given the option to purchase tickets to play games. The system prints a physical wristband, you attach it to your wrist, and you are ready to ride!
PURCHASE AN UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBAND
Select on tablet how many unlimited ride wristbands you would like, and if you want to add on any additional tickets to play games. Then each wristband is printed, and you attach it to your wrist. On-site purchases are subject to additional service fees.
PURCHASE RIDE/GAME TICKETS
Don’t want to go Unlimited? You have the option to only purchase ride/game tickets. Use the tablet to choose how many tickets you would like, and a wristband is printed with those tickets loaded onto it. On-site purchases are subject to additional service fees.
Not clear on how to purchase or redeem? That’s okay! We will have a Ticket Ambassadors available at each station where there are multiple kiosks, and they can assist you with the system.
We also have stand-alone kiosks strategically placed around the carnival area where you can check your balance and add more tickets to your wristbands.
Each day of the Fair is a celebration of the region’s western American heritage. Thursday evening sets the tone with a lively Latino music concert featuring well-known artists. Friday night kicks it up with feats of skill and bravery in an All-American Western Rodeo. The Saturday morning Parade is a classic taste of rural Americana. It features school marching bands and cheerleaders, local celebrities, horse- and mule‑drawn wagons, the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department engines and firefighters, cars, trucks, and community members celebrating the life and times of rural California. The fair ends with a bang on Sunday night when the last cars and trucks running in each heat of the Demolition Derby take a well-deserved victory lap.
The Fair draws over 25,000 visitors from around the state and is growing in popularity. It offers an authentic taste of western America in a rural setting that has its roots in pioneering adventure.