There might not be enough electricity to go around, and Internet connections are pretty much out of the question, but Bodie next month will serve as a venue for a Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, said County Administrative Officer Jim Leddy.
Details are not etched in stone, Leddy cautioned this past week, but he said plans are afoot for Bodie to host the Aug. 12 regular meeting.
Details for the unusual venue—Bodie is Mono County’s well known ghost town—come on the heels of a harvest of top awards for Mono County at this year’s California State Fair.
The county, presenting historic exhibits of Bodie as well as Convict Lake, won a statewide competition among counties, taking the Gold Award as well as the award for Best Use of Products, Produce or Artifacts, and Best Visitor Experience.
Mono County tied for first place overall with the most awards, said Economic Development Department chief Alicia Vennos, who made the announcement at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Mammoth on Tuesday, July 15.
The supervisors greeted the news with appropriate enthusiasm.
“This year’s exhibit is truly outstanding and our county’s number of awards reflects that effort,” said board chairman Larry Johnston.
“Bringing home three awards is quite an accomplishment.”
The exhibit, situated at the State Fairground, runs through July 27.
Vennos and her staff worked closely with John Queirolo and Dianne Oneto from Fair Oaks-based Fashion Stables to establish the design direction for the exhibit.
It includes a scenic backdrop of Convict Lake as well as a replication of a Bodie saloon, complete with swinging doors, honky-tonk music, roulette table, and numerous artifacts and antiques.
Members of the Blue Canyon Gang, who have been invited to the supervisors’ meeting in August, served as re-enactors.
All of it might set up an interesting debate—about what, exactly, no one can fathom—among the well-known local gunslingers Johnston, Tim Fesko, et al, and the leader of the gang, known as the Tonopah Kidd.