Mono County earns top marks at State Fair

– Press release

Mono County, CA. On Friday, July 12, Mono County’s exhibit at the California State Fair County Exhibit competition was honored with a Gold Award as well as the award for Best for Use of Products, Produce or Artifacts. The county’s exhibit this year showcases Devils Postpile, Mono Lake and Bodie State Historic Park – three of the region’s most intriguing attractions and part of the reasons why pre-eminent travel publisher Lonely Planet named California’s Eastern Sierra as one of the Top 10 Best US Destinations to visit in 2013.

Photos courtesy of John Queirolo

Photos courtesy of John Queirolo

Chair of the Mono County Board of Supervisors, Byng Hunt, said, “We are delighted to be recognized by the State Fair again this year for our original exhibit which really helps to promote to Californians all the uniquely beautiful things to see and do in the Eastern Sierra.”

On the fair’s opening day, Dan Lyster, Director of Economic Development, was at the State Fair Awards Ceremony to receive the ribbons on behalf of Mono County. Lyster commented, “The Mono County exhibit features three of our most popular visitor attractions and is really an eye-catching display. Our builder, John Queirolo, has outdone himself in terms of attention to detail this year — the interior of the Bodie General Store is so realistic, you almost expect the shopkeeper to come out and take your order.”


Mono County Economic Development staff worked closely with Queirolo to establish the design direction for the exhibit which includes Styrofoam postpile columns as well as some real granite rocks and trees to add a 3-dimensional effect to the 10’ wide backdrop photos of Devils Postpile and Mono Lake. Queirolo, a passionate historian, stocked the Bodie store with his own artifacts from a lifetime collection of antiques and historical items.

State Fair visitors to the exhibit are invited to sign up to win a Getaway Trip to Walker/Coleville, California which includes lodging generously donated by the Andruss Motel and the West Walker Motel, lunch for two at the new deli at the Walker Country Store, and a $25 gift certificate for Mountain View Barbecue. An online entry form for the contest is also available at


 Mono County has received awards at the State Fair every year it has participated since 2008. This is the second time the county has taken the award for Best Use of Products, Produce or Artifacts – the first time was in 2010.

 The California State Fair in Sacramento attracts an average of 38,000 visitors per day (2012 State Fair figures), and is open daily from July 12 – 28,, 2013.




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5 Responses to Mono County earns top marks at State Fair

  1. A step in the right direction July 24, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    I don’t think the newly formed “Choose Civility” initiative is designed to change anything but the style and manner disagreements are handled in today’s society.
    Case in point: the very popular talk-radio programs appear to be promoting “Choose Incivility.” I know that when I listen to any of these shows, it’s only a few minutes later that I have to turn them off … but some LOVE that sort of Bull-S*** and listen to it all day long.
    At least the act of merely THINKING about becoming more civil toward each other is a positive step in the right direction. Perhaps Fesko and Stump have been spending a wee bit too much time listening to the sort of negativity the talk-radio programming are famous for.

  2. Curious July 24, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    The reason they are smirking is because they know that no “Choose Civility Initiative” is going change the leaders in this county… nothing does. The good old boy rule is alive and well and supervising by bulling is the only way they know how to supervise and they don’t care about any consequences. Just look at the sheriffs department which is a prime example. They are a joke…. and the BOS do nothing about it. Everyone in this county has known about their antics for years and nothing is done…. is it sad… I am sure there are lots of employees that do a great job, but I can tell you the leader do NOT!

    • Opposing points of view July 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      And two of those “leaders” on the Board of Supervisors (Stump & Fesko)are smirking about the notion of being civil to one another.
      You know the country is in deep trouble when one group of politicians view their adversaries as communists, and conversely, the other group views their adversaries as embracing fascism.
      I say we need civility more than ever in these troubled times.

  3. Mono County continues to impress July 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    No surprise. Mono County continues to set the standard with its excellent staff. This in spite of Larry Johnston’s hypocritical agenda to slash salaries for everyone (Johnston has yet to declare what he is willing to reimburse the county for when he and his spouse were employed as civil servants), and Fesko’s and Stump’s childish whining and smirking about a new Choose Civility initiative that is clearly a step in the right direction re: all things political today.

  4. TMR July 21, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Well done Mono County employees!!


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