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The 2008 99 Things To Do In Fallon is a publication of the Lahontan Valley News and Fallon-Eagle Standard, Fallon and Churchill County’s daily newspaper. An electronic version of this guide can be found at www.lahontanvalleynews.com. Publisher: Keven Todd Editor: Steve Ranson Office Manager: Lisa Gonzales Photographer: Kim Lamb Cover photography and design by Kim Lamb Advertising Sales: Shannon Burns, Sheena Openshaw, Natalie Parish Art Director: Michelle Morton
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On any day in Fallon and in Churchill County there’s something to do. Ninety-Nine Things To Do In Fallon was designed to help visitors find the area’s attractions and inform them about local events. The 99 Things are listed in no particular order, and anyone of them will provide the opportunity for entertainment. Special thanks to the Fallon Convention & Tourist Authority for providing content for this publication.
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Ride Sand Mountain
Rising more than 500 feet from the desert floor, Sand
Mountain, located approximately 30 miles east of Fallon on U.S. Highway 95, is an off-roader’s paradise. The enormous sand dune is a popular recreation site for those with quads, dirt bikes, dune buggies — even the occasional skier and sand boarder. The site, operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, offers rough camping at the base of the dune. The cost is $40 for a seven-day pass or $90 for an annual pass. A dedicated trail system was implemented in 2007. Requirements are also in place regarding spark arresters and whip flags on off-road vehicles. For more information, call the Bureau of Land Management at 775-885-6000 or visit www.nv.blm.gov/carson/recreation/rec_sandmtn.htm.
Catch ascene is alive and well. Classes from Churchill County performance local theatrical High School as well as community Fallon’s local theater
performances through Western Nevada College draw local thespians to the stage. Performances vary throughout the year, but many are held at the theater at Churchill County High School or at the Barkley Theatre at the Oats Park Art Center. For more information, call Western Nevada College at 775-423-7565, Churchill County High School at 4232181 or the Churchill Arts Council, 775-423-1440.
EnjoyRecreation AreaLahontan Lake is located 17 miles west Lahontan State
of Fallon and is one of the most popular recreation areas in Nevada. Lahontan Reservoir is 17 miles long with more than 70 miles of shoreline and 10,000 acres of surface water when full. Boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing are popular activities. Fishing at Lahontan is open all year. State records for channel catfish, white crappie and white bass have been taken. Walleye and largemouth bass are also plentiful. There are also two day-use picnicking areas with modern restrooms, tables and grills. The costs to visit Lahontan State Park are $5 for a day visit without a boat, $10 for a day visit with a boat, $10 for camping without a boat and $15 for camping with a boat. An annual entrance permit can be purchased for $60.
Tour Hidden Cave
Visitors who explore Hidden Cave can discover the site of an important archaeological dig and a 21,000-year-old stratigraphy that has been exposed. Tours are held the second and fourth Saturday of each month and conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Churchill County Museum. Then caravan in your own vehicle out to Hidden Cave, located one mile north of Grimes Point, which is 11 miles east of Fallon on U.S. Highway 50. The cave is at the end of a half-mile walk up a narrow dirt trail. The tour is not suitable for those in wheelchairs, on crutches or undisciplined children.
Visit the Museum
Fallon is home to one of the best small museums in the West, the Churchill County Museum, located at 1050 S. Maine St. The museum features a variety of displays from pioneer, Native American and early 20th Century eras, among many others. The museum’s annex features a variety of vehicles, and the museum hosts several speakers and displays each year in its Changing Exhibit Gallery. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through February. March through November, it is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Enter a bike race
One of the benefits of living in the broad and flat Lahontan Valley is the great terrain for bicycling. The Rainbow Ridge Challenge Mountain Bike Race is set for May 3, 2009 at Rainbow Mountain, five miles east of Grimes Point. It’s the first race in the Northern Nevada Cup Series. This is a NORBA event and a valid NORBA license is required for participation. All participants must wear a bike helmet and are advised to wear all other safety equipment and bring extra tubes. Churchill County Parks & Recreation sponsors the No-Hill Hundred, a bike race that takes place on local county roads, every October. Participants have the option of riding 100 mile, as well as a route of less distance. The race is non-competitive. Roads branch out from the city of Fallon in all directions, and all are flat or nearly flat.
Try some localwine Visit the Home While rural Nevada may not be known as a hotbed of the wine industry, a and Garden Show new local winery is seeking
to establish the industry in Churchill County. Churchill Vineyards, located seven miles south of Fallon off of U.S. Highway 95, offers several varieties of locally produced wine that are sure to please discriminating palates. The winery, operated by a local family, rests on a historic Nevada farm. For more information, call 775-423-4000 or visit www.churchillvineyards.com
relax at Soda Lake
Anyone wishing to get advice or inspiration for indoor or outdoor projects can attend the ninth annual Soroptimist Home, Garden and Recreation Show April 18-19, 2009, at the Fallon Convention Center. The two-day event features 50-plus vendors who will demonstrate their products or explain how to improve an indoor or outdoor project in and around a person’s home. The Saturday and Sunday show is free. However, donations are accepted to support Soroptimist community programs. Soroptimist raises money for various groups and organizations throughout the year. Each year there are more than 2,000 attendees at the event.
The Soda Lake area, encompassing two lakes northwest of Fallon off of Soda Lake Road, is a unique site that offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, boating, off-roading, birding and horseback riding. The property, totaling more than 1,000 acres, was purchased by Churchill County in 2005. The area provides opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, boating, offroading, birding and horseback riding. Recent policies enacted by the county restrict shooting and dumping in the area. The area was once home to a soda mine, and machinery from the operation still sits on the bottom of the lake. Soda Lake also supports a brine shrimp population.
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Buy Farm fresh
Despite being located in a desert climate, Churchill County is known as perhaps the top agricultural area in the state of Nevada. Made possible through irrigation via the Newland Project. Examples of local produce include the famous Hearts O’ Gold cantaloupe, pumpkins, garlic, peppers, sweet corn and other favorites. When vegetables are not in season, preserves and other items are still available. Two farms have dedicated roadside produce stands for those. Workman Farms is located at 4990 Reno Highway, and Lattin Farms is located at 1955 McLean Road. the Churchill County Museum at 1050 S. Maine St. and follows the street north before turning around and heading south back to the museum.. Highlights include the history behind several of downtown Fallon’s businesses, original government buildings that are still in operation and tales of a bygone era. A pamphlet is available for the self-guided tour and is available at the Churchill County Museum. There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit in Churchill County than to attend the city of Fallon’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. The event, which will be held the night of Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, features the lighting of the city’s Christmas giant tree downtown on South Maine Street, along with refreshments, a visit by Santa Claus and other holiday events. Fallon’s historic City Hall is also decked out with holiday splendor. downtown Fallon businesses will open their doors on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, for the annual Hometown Christmas event. The day features activities for children and the chance for adults to peruse the many stores and boutique shops downtown in the search for that perfect holiday gift. Organized games, live entertainment, food and other street vendors, photos with Santa, goody bags, great raffle gifts, a free movie at Fallon Theatres, retail promotions, prizes for the best-decorated light poles and other projects are some of what is planned. For more information, contact the Fallon Chamber of Commerce at 423-2544.
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Grimes Point Archaeological Area, located 11 miles east of Fallon off of U.S. Highway 50, features rock writings and drawings that are more than 8,000 years old. Information about the trail is provided at the site in a brochure. Restrooms and five sheltered picnic tables, an informative kiosk and trails with wheelchair accessibility are available. While the meaning of the petroglyphs is largely unknown, take the time to stroll along the paths and imagine what Native Americans were trying to say with their work.
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People wanting to get lost in late September and October have a place to go where getting turned around and not knowing where they are at is actually desired. For the last 10 fall seasons, Rick Lattin and his wife, B. Ann, owners of Lattin Farms, have opened up their corn maze that is made up of more than 100,000 stalks of corn on more than three acres of land to visitors. The Fall Festival, which includes the maze, features a different theme each year. The Lattin Farms maze is one of two corn mazes west of the Mississippi River. It was concocted by maze designer Adrian Fisher of London.
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Play a round of golf
Fallon has a full-service golf course that includes a putting green, driving range and pro shop. Driving carts, pull carts and club rentals are also available. The course includes the Clubhouse Restaurant & Tavern, open for lunch seven days a week and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. The course meanders along the banks of the Carson River and is populated with giant shade trees. The course has nine holes with different tee placements for an 18-hole trip. The par 3 seven hole is regarded as one of the most challenging and picturesque in Nevada. “The front nine” plays at 3,082 yards for men and 2,599 for women. The “back nine” plays at 3,310 and 2,761, respectively. For tee times or more information, call 775-423-4616.
Attend Octane Fest Watch the Races Octane Fest is
a motorsports jamboree featuring drag races at Top Gun Raceway, oval dirt track racing at Rattlesnake Raceway, motocross, Tuff truck, tractor pulls and truck show n shines, food and rock ‘n roll at the fairgrounds. Octane Fest will be held June 11-14, 2009.
Rattlesnake Raceway, a stock car dirt oval track with IMCA-sanctioned action and thrills galore, makes its home in Fallon and brings hundreds of racers to the area each year. The raceway is located one mile east of Fallon on Rio Vista Drive, on top of Rattlesnake Hill. Concessions are available. The popular mud bogs are also held each year. Races are typically held in April through November. For more information, visit www.rattlesnakeraceway.org. Top Gun Raceway has become one of Fallon’s tourism anchors and is now approaching its 18th season. The drag strip hosted NHRA-sponsored events in 2007. The complex is located 15 miles south of Fallon on U.S. Highway 95. The surface is considered by many seasoned racers to be the best on the West Coast. The season includes NHRA junior dragsters, super groups, jet dragsters, funny cars, points, circuit, amateur and pro drags. Top Gun Raceway draws racers from all over the country and Canada. For track hours, costs and a complete schedule of races, call 775-423-0223 or check out the Web site at www.topgunraceway.com
Relive history at Old Bring your sole to Middlegate Station the Shoe Tree For a real slice of the old west, a visit to Old Middlegate
Station approximately 50 miles east of Fallon on Highway 50 is worth the trip. The station is located on the historic Pony Express Trail and features a motel/RV park, free camping, and great food and drinks. Middlegate was named by James Simpson in his journal “Across the Great Basin in 1859.” He named the cuts in the mountains “gates” to identify the route he took across the desert. His exploration served the stage lines and wagon trains that crossed the country. The station served as a Pony Express stop in 1860-61. After the demise of the Pony Express, the station continued in operation until the mines closed. Ranchers setting up operations in the valley carried off much of the material used in construction of the original station. For more information about Old Middlegate Station, call (775) 423-7134.
Enjoy a parade
Did you ever see a tree with shoes for leaves? No? Well, you’ve never seen the Shoe Tree east of Fallon, in full bloom with shoes of every size and color. This tree is said to have gotten its unique leaves when a couple was traveling through Nevada on their way to be married and they saw a lovely shade tree on the side of the road. So, they decided to stop and rest under the tree, have a drink, chat about their future, and share their dreams. The two sat under the tree and kicked off their shoes. They conversed for some time before their exchange suddenly grew heated. The young woman grew furious, picked up her fiancée’s shoes and tossed them high up into the tree where they stuck. The Shoe Tree is located on the north side of Highway 50 about 50 miles east of Fallon near Old Middlegate.
During the year, Fallon presents three parades. The first parade, which is organized by the Silver State International Rodeo, is held on the Fourth of July. Contestants from the rodeo and the community show their pride for America’s birthday. The Labor Day parade sponsored by the Lions Club has been in existence for many years. The parade features many displays and groups and during an election year, many politicians make Fallon the place to be on Labor Day. Churchill County High School organizes a parade to celebrate homecoming, usually held in October.
Take a dip in a Catch a fish at Home of Top Gun The Fallon Naval Air Station is home to the Top Gun local swimming pool school that specializes in fighter training. Many Liberty Pond While the weather may be cool outside, the Lahontan Valley
offers swimming options for all seasons. Churchill County has an indoor swimming pool adjacent to the Churchill County Fairgrounds, off of Sheckler Road. The cost to swim is $2 for children and seniors and $3 for adults. Pool hours vary depending on the time of the year. Call 423-7091 for more information. The city of Fallon’s outdoor swimming pool at Oats Park offers a family-friendly environment for swimming in the city once the weather warms up. The cost to swim is typically $1.50 to $2.50, depending on the time of the day. For more information, call 423-5104. Information on swimming lessons is available at 423-2690. film buffs remember the movie of the same name starring Tom Cruise. Although access is required to enter the base, aircraft aficionados can park outside the base (photography, though, is not allowed through the fence) and watch pilots take off for their training missions. For those who are able to visit NAS Fallon, the base also has a static display of jets about a half mile from the main gate.
Liberty Pond offers fishing from dawn to dusk. The pond, located within Liberty Park at 2323 Schurz Highway, just south of the city off of U.S. Highway 95. Nevada fishing regulations apply. Persons 12 years old and younger do not need a fishing license, while it is required for those 13 and older. The limit is five fish per person, and the pond is stocked. The park is equipped with public restrooms.
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Catch some air at the skate park
For those with a talent for skateboarding or inline skating, the city of Fallon offers a skate park at Venturacci Park, located off of Venturacci Lane across from Northside Elementary School. The skate park, which features a cement skating area and room for several people, is popular nearly all year round. There is no charge to skate a the park. Venturacci Park also offers a playground, large grassy area, meandering walkway, a pergola and picnic areas. university, dual credit college/high school courses, or certificates of achievement in the arts and sciences, technologies or topics of personal interest. The campus also offers distance education courses, including interactive video and Internet classes. More than 800 students attend classes at the Fallon campus. In addition, the Workforce Development Center on the Fallon campus is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and training solutions for businesses and industries. The campus, consisting of three buildings, is located at 160 Campus Way, adjacent to the Fallon Convention Center. For more information, call 775-423-7565 or visit www.wnc.edu/location/fallon.
Take a class at WNC See the history of Fallon is home to a campus of Western Nevada College. The WNC Fallon campus offers a wide range of courses for the Pony Express students to work toward associate degrees, transfer to a
The storied Pony Express route, which carried mail from Missouri to California, passes through Churchill County. While the Pony Express may have only been in existence for 19 months, its image left a mark on America’s history and led to the building of several structures, of which only a few remnants are now visible. Sand Springs Station, located 25 miles east of Fallon at the entrance to Sand Mountain, features the ruins of a Pony Express station, one of the best preserved in Nevada. A group of local residents retrace the Pony Express route through Churchill County each year.
The Oasis Stampede
The Churchill County Fairgrounds will be busy July 31-Aug. 2, 2009 for the second annual Oasis Stampede and Country Fair. Country Fair and 4-H Extravaganza have joined the show last year. The event also has the mule and donkey show, an American Mule Association-sanctioned event. Other events planned include fair exhibits, a pack goat demonstration, a pie eating contest, kids karate demonstration and a performance by the high school swing dance club.
Catchyouth boxing Volunteerwith CAPS The Churchill Animal Protection Society, known no-kill atthe Night of Fights as CAPS, is Churchill County’s onlycare andanimal shelter. The shelter provides
Churchill County High School has a unique tradition in the Night of Fights, when high school students and athletes box each other in a fundraiser for the Greenwave wrestling program. Bouts usually feature contestants in several weight categories as well as female participants. Student boxers are trained for a couple of weeks before the event, and medical personnel are on the scene to ensure safety. The event is typically held in late May or early June. adoptions for dogs and cats Volunteers are needed to walk dogs, play with the cats, assist with cleaning and other activities. Donations of money and related items are also appreciated. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 423-7500 or visit the shelter at 5894 Pasture Road, southeast of the city of Fallon near Fallon Naval Air Station.
Visit an art gallery Horse around in For those with an eye for art, Fallon offers multiple art galleries for viewing and artistic purchase. Churchill County Adam Fortunate Eagle’s Round House Art Gallery,
located a few miles east of Fallon on Stillwater Road, on the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Reservation, features Native American artwork, as well as trinkets and souvenirs. Artistically Yours, a gallery located in a historic house at 111 S. Taylor St., features original work by local and regional artists, including owner Maxine Caprioli-Hight. The Oats Park Art Center, located inside the old Oats Park School at 151 E. Park St., features artistic exhibits that change throughout the year. Student artwork is also displayed in Getto Hall at Western Nevada College’s Fallon campus.
Churchill County is horse country and has one of the highest horse-per-capita ratios in the West. The county also offers some of the most beautiful high-desert terrain in the country for horseback riding. Visitors with their own horses can board them in covered stalls at the Churchill County Fairgrounds when a rodeo or other horse-related event isn’t taking place. Call ahead at 775-423-7733 to make sure space is available. The fee is $12 per night or $7 per night if you clean the stall. The fairgrounds does not provide shavings or feed. Riders who know the area can travel to a variety of wellknown recreational spots in the county including Grimes Point Petroglyph Trail, Lee Hot Springs, Indian Lakes, Big and Little Soda Lakes and Lake Lahontan.
Expand your mind at the library The Churchill County Library can be an excellent resource for visitors wishing to learn more about the area and to check e-mail, along with traditional library services. The library provides information that can be extremely helpful to visitors or new residents who find themselves in new surroundings. It also provides a place to work and study. The library, located at 553 S. Maine St., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and on state and federal holidays. For more information, call 775-423-7581 or e-mail email@example.com.
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View wildlife at Stillwater
The Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, located 16 miles northeast of Fallon, is one of the most important wetland systems in the American West. It is conveniently located along the Pacific Flyway. In peak years, 350,000 ducks and an equal number of shore birds use the refuge and surrounding wetlands. There are more than 290 species of birds and many other animals at the refuge. Birding (bird watching) is a popular activity at Stillwater, as well as hunting and photography. For more information, call 428-6452 or 4235128, or visit http://stillwater.fws.gov.
Catch a movie at a local theater
Though Fallon may be a small town, it boasts a first-run movie theater. Fallon Theatres, located at 71 S. Maine St., offers new movies on two screens in a historic building. Just look for the “FALLON” marquee downtown to find the theater. The business also serves a variety of concession items. For those with access to NAS Fallon, the movie theater on the Navy base is free to authorized patrons and their guests. There are also several stores in the community that rent movies for home viewing.
Nevada is rodeo country, and Churchill County is no exception. The arena at the Churchill County Fairgrounds serves as host to several rodeos throughout the year including the high school rodeo, Silver State International Rodeo, Senior Pro Rodeo, Lions Club Junior Rodeo and several others. The arena features seating for several hundred and a great view of all events. The fairgrounds are also well equipped to handle rodeo competitors, their animals and their vehicles. For more information on when rodeos are coming to the fairgrounds, call 775-423-7733.
Catch a rodeo at the fairgrounds
Watch a free Travel the Loneliest Chili cook-off for a concert at Oats Park Road in America good cause
Oats Park is a great venue for picnicking, athletics and just enjoying some open space, but it also becomes an outdoor concert space on certain warm evenings. The Churchill Arts Council sponsors a handful of concerts that are free to the public during the summer, usually on the weekend at the new Centennial Stage. For more information about upcoming concerts at Oats Park, contact the Churchill Arts Council at charts@phonewave. net or call 775-423-1440. U.S. Highway 50, dubbed the “Loneliest Road in America” runs right through the middle of Fallon. To the east of town lies one of the most desolate stretches of highway in America, a two-lane ribbon of blacktop that travels across the state of Nevada. While the route cuts primarily through desolate desert terrain, services and attractions are available in Austin, Eureka, Ely and other locations. A guide to the route is available at the Fallon Contention and Tourism Authority, where Highway 50 Survival Guides can be validated.
The Overland Hotel’s eight annual Chili Cook-off will be held Aug. 18, 2009. The event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Chili and Salsa cooks compete against each other for prize money. This is also a fundraiser for the Churchill County Search and Rescue.
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Take a trip back in time at the Overland Hotel, a historic hotel, restaurant and bar located at 125 E. Center St. The establishment includes a Basque restaurant, and a historic bar featuring a variety of the items hanging from the ceiling and walls that must be viewed to be described. The bar serves a stiff Basque drink known as the Picon Punch.
Walk the track at Catch a prep oryouth event Laura Mills Park sportingor visiting Sports fans living
Walking the two paths around Laura Mills Park is a great way to get some exercise while taking in the scenery of one of the city’s most scenic parks. The paths are wide enough to accommodate multiple walkers or joggers, as well as dogs. The park is located in the southwest section of the city and can be reached through Tedford Lane, West Fifth Street or Babb Place. the Fallon area have no lack of options if they want to watch youth or high school sporting events. Churchill County High School fields several girls’ and boys’ sports teams that play games in the early fall through the late spring. Youth teams also compete in baseball, softball, soccer, football, basketball and others.
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Go trap shooting
Trap shooting is a popular local activity, and the Fallon Trap Club hosts events throughout the year for youths and adult. The range is located on the backside of Rattlesnake Hill, just east of Fallon. For more information, call Wayne Whitten at 427-4556. Call it spring cleaning on a larger scale. The city of Fallon hosts Keep Fallon Green Week once per year, typically in March or April. The period involves city crews disposing of city residents’ junk, free of charge. The event culminates with a volunteer-led cleanup on a Saturday when residents collect trash from homes, alleys and businesses across the city to be disposed of. For more information on the event, call the city of Fallon at 423-5107.
Lend a hand to Keep Browse local Fallon Green Week antique shops a large seFallon features two stores that feature
lection of antiques. Alma’s Granddaughter Antiques, 40 E. Center St. #12, offers patrons the chance to buy, sell or trade antiques. The business can be contacted at 774-423-3595. Just Country Friends, located at 727 W. Williams Ave., offers a variety of shabby chic and made in Nevada products. The business can be reached at 775-423-3315. Other businesses in town feature antiques on a more limited basis.
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More than two years ago, a group of residents at Epworth United Methodist Church, 280 E. Stillwater Ave., set out to feed the community’s hungry by offering free, hot meals on a regular basis. Two years later, meals are being served two days per week. No questions or qualifications are asked of those who show up to meet. Meals are currently served on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The organization is in continual search for volunteers in its effort to eventually serve meals five days per week. For more information, contact June Young at 775-423-3122.
Watchthe fireworks Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament during NewYear’s Eve Who says fireworks are only permissible during
This is a corporate golf tournament to raise money for the Mayor’s Youth Fund. Great raffle and cash prizes await the first, second and third-place teams along with a cash prize for closest to the hole. This fund benefits Fallon’s youth. The tournament will be held on Sept. 26, 2009. the Fourth of July? The city of Fallon sponsors fireworks on Dec. 31 every year. The fireworks are shot off at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. The event is a memorable and explosive way to ring in the New Year. In 2007, a bonfire was held in conjunction with the fireworks at the fairgrounds. For more information, call City Hall at 423-5105.
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Floating down the river
On a lazy summer day, many people grab their tubes or small rubber rafts and float down the Carson River downstream from Lahontan Dam. A leisurely day will give the river rats another view of the county’s beauty.
Attend the Spring Wings Bird Festival
Each spring in April or May, Fallon hosts the Spring Wings Bird Festival. In 2009, it will be held May 8-10. The Spring Wings Bird Festival coincides with International Migratory Bird Day and the height of spring migration in the Lahontan Valley wetlands. These internationally recognized wetlands are temporary home to more than 260 species of birds, including thousands of White-faced ibis, Long-billed dowitcher, American white pelicans, Black-necked stilts, American avocets, and many other waterfowl and waterbirds. During the 2007 festival, 164 different species were logged, a new festival record! The event includes workshops, seminars, guest speakers, vendors, kids activities, and most importantly, field trips to various wetlands for birding. For more information about the festival or birding in the Lahontan Valley anytime, call (775) 428-6452 or check out the Web site at www.springwings.org or http://stillwater.fws.gov
Work out at a gym
While Fallon may be a small city, it offers a variety of businesses for those looking to improve their fitness. Though each location offers many different services, all are in business to help their customers attain their fitness goals. Local fitness centers include Contours Express, 95 Whitaker Lane (423-3488), Total Fitness Athletic Club, 1925 W. Williams Ave. (428-2639), The Energy Center, 741 S. Taylor St. (423-0254), Curves, 2121 W. Williams Ave. (423-7090) and The Body Shop, 161 Industrial Way (423-4832).
Do the New Year’s Day Fun Run/Walk
Every year on Jan. 1, Churchill County Parks and Recreation sponsors an annual Fun Run/Walk for members of the community. The competitive 5K race awards winners in several different categories based on age and gender. Participants usually receive a T-shirt with race registration. A breakfast and raffle are typically held after the race. For more information, call Churchill County Parks and Recreation at 775-423-7733.
Take a class at The Plan a hunting trip In late is a Mecca Uncommon Thread hunters summer and fall, Fallonsupplies andfor and fishermen buying
Julie Lamb, owner of The Uncommon Thread, a quilting shop located at 1525 W. Williams Ave., Suite L, offers classes for quilters of all skill levels. Lamb offers several quilting classes, from beginning to advanced quilting and piecing. Lamb’s three introductory classes include beginning piecework, sandwiching or “Top’s Done, Now What?” and bias binding. The beginning piecework class is four sessions for $45 while the sandwiching and binding classes are single sessions for $15. She also offers classes to teach advanced piecework methods. For more information, call 775-867-4225.
preparing to venture into Nevada’s bountiful wilderness. From Fallon, one can springboard into areas close by or many other parts of the state to experience a successful duck hunt, harvest a Desert bighorn sheep, or just photograph the marvelous and abundant wildlife. The Nevada Outfitters & Guides Association has members throughout the state that can provide services for outdoor recreation. The organization can be contacted at (775) 964-2145 or www.nevadaoutfitters.org.
Retrace the old Lincoln Highway
America’s first paved “Coast to Coast” road started at Times Square in New York City and went across the nation to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Called the “Main Street of America” it passes through the City of Fallon and was a vital link in the growth of Fallon. Named after President Lincoln, its 3,143 mile route was conceived July 1, 1913 by a group of leaders in the automotive industry. The remaining existing route in Fallon today starts at the corner of Allen Rd. and Auction Rd. If you look to the west from this point you can see where the road used to exist and would tie into Highway 50 westbound. Start here and head east on Auction Road. When it connects to West Williams Avenue, head east to Maine Street, then right (or south) to Center St., then left (or east) to East St., then right (or south) to Stillwater Ave, then left (or east) to Harrigan Road, then right (or south) out of Fallon’s city limits.
Check out the State Hit up Fallon’s Historic Markers nightlife Churchill County is rich in history, and that history is
documented through several State Historical Markers that dot local byways. The county contains about a dozen markers, stretching from Hazen on the west end of the county to Edwards Creek Valley on the county’s eastern edge. Other locations include Cold Springs, Sand Mountain, Lahontan Dam, the Churchill County Courthouse, Wonder, Stillwater and Grimes Point.
When the sun sets and the workday is done, the Fallon area offers several establishments to wet your whistle and enjoy the company of friends. Various restaurants and bars line the streets near downtown as well as several along Williams Avenue. Most Fallon casinos also offer bar services to their patrons. Fallon-area nightclubs and sports bars • Depot Restaurant & Casino - 875 W. Williams Ave., 775-423-2411 • Sandwinds Restaurant & Sports Bar – 1120 Taylor Place, 775-423-8554 • Frog Daddy’s Sports Bar – 143 S. Maine St., 775-423-1787
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Put on roller skates ride a horse
For those looking for some kid-friendly fun or a birthday party venue, Uncle Bruce’s Skateway 50 is Fallon’s only roller rink. Located at 125 Grand Ave., Uncle Bruce’s can host your party, offers holidaythemed events throughout the year and also hosts a growing number of roller hockey players. An arcade and snack bar are available. For more information, call 775-867-4386. You don’t have to own a horse to have an equestrian experience in Churchill County. Visitors without a horse can enjoy a horseback ride from Flying M Stables. Flying M offers breakfast rides, chuck wagon barbecues, and other services for those looking for an authentic western experience. Novice or beginning riders can take classes at Flying M as well. The number for Flying M is (775)423-9215. Dankae Arabians, 3125 Stark Lane, (775)-423-5185, provides horse riding lessons, boarding, and horse training. Bench Mark Ranch, 775-867-3746, offers boarding, breeding, sales and other services. Silver Sage Horse Boarding & Trailer Storage, 4755 Stark Lane, 775-428-6752 or 775-427-6750, can board your horse, store your trailer, and offers jumping areas, a dressage course, and barrel racing areas.
Take on the Parks & Rec Climbing Wall
Churchill County Parks and Recreation maintains a climbing wall off of Sheckler Road, adjacent to the Churchill County Fairgrounds, for those seeking a physical challenge. The wall is generally reserved for groups, but individuals may have the chance to climb the wall in the spring. For more information, contact Churchill County Parks and Recreation at 775-423-7733.
Clean up the desert
The Churchill Desert Defense Coalition is a nonprofit, non-partisan group of volunteers who seek to beautify the local desert by cleaning up and disposing of dumped trash. The group holds cleanups of nearby desert areas on a frequent basis. The CDDC also meets periodically to discuss upcoming projects. For more information, call 775-217-3099.
Browse the minerals Try to Throw a at local rock shops strike at Oasis Bowl
Western Nevada is a geologist’s dream. Rocks shaped through volcanic activity and an ancient sea dot the landscape. For those looking to take a piece of Nevada home with them, Fallon features two rock shops west of town, both on the Reno Highway. The Gem & Rock Shop, located at 6840 Reno Highway, can be contacted at 775-8673993. The Highway 50-95 Rock Shop, located at 4261 Reno Highway, can be contacted at 775-867-2144. The crash of pins and league bowling teams are common sights at Oasis Bowl Family Fun Center, located at 1555 S. Taylor St. in Fallon. The center features bowling, pool, darts, an arcade, ping-pong, a fireplace, sports bar and parties for kids and adults. For more information, call 775-423-3003.
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Though Fallon may be a small community, it contains a variety of different churches representing many different faiths and denominations. Some local churches hold outreach and social events throughout the year, as well as charity events and fundraisers for mission trips.
Annually community members get together not only to raise money for cancer victims and research but to remember friends and family members they have lost or to celebrate the job of cancer victims that have survived this deadly disease. On June 13, 2009, the Fallon community will show its support by walking and participating in fun activities over a 24-hour period at the junior high school track. The committee invites people to this wonderful event by coming out and walking, donating and participating in the planned events throughout the next month.
Explore the area’s backcountry
Churchill County is rich in backcountry adventure where one can camp and picnic in secluded meadows and remote canyons, climb mountain ranges for awesome vistas, see unusual rock formations and earthquake faults, or view wildlife and plant life in some of the most unlikely places. One can engage an outfitter or guide to show the way. Sage & Pine Guide and Outfitters is a local company that offers this service. There is some beautiful backcountry toward the Clan Alpine Mountain Range north of Highway 50 as well. For more information of backcountry adventure call the Fallon Tourism Office at 775-423.4556 or toll free at 1-800-874-0903, or call Sage & Pine Outfitters at 775-423-6171.
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Explore the local trail system
An ambitious effort to create, mark and promote a system of trails in the Lahontan Valley is leading to new outdoor opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Trails for horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, picnicking, and wildlife viewing are taking shape in the valley that will connect parks and the diverse and unique natural, cultural, and community resources. The trail system is intended to increase the recreational and leisure time. The trail system will be marketed to outdoor enthusiasts as another reason to visit and stay in Fallon. For more information on trails call the Churchill County Parks & Recreation Dept., (775) 423-7733 or log onto www.churchillcounty.org/parksnrec.
Attend a ski trip with Parks & Rec
Churchill County Parks and Recreation offers trips to regional ski areas each winter. The ski program has packages that include ski or snowboard rentals, lessons, lift tickets and transportation for a bundled price based on age. Ticket-only packages are also available. Ski program packages are for youth ages 8-17. Walkon and drive up rates for youth and adults are also offered. For more information, call 775-423-7733.
Cut a Nevada Christmas tree
Selecting a Christmas tree can have a little more meaning for those who desire to cut one of their own in public lands east of Fallon. Every year, the Bureau of Land Management issues permits for citizens to cut pine trees on federal lands in the Clan Alpine and Desatoya Mountains such as War Canyon and Buffalo Canyon. Piñon pine permits are generally $5 and available at the USDA Farm Service Agency office in Fallon at 111 Sheckler Road. For more information, call 775-423-5127. Maps of areas where cutting is permitted are available.
Have a meal at the Fallon Elks Lodge
The Fallon Elks Lodge, 93 W. Center St., hosts dinners on most Friday nights throughout the year. Fish fries are common, but other ethnic dishes are served throughout the year. Cocktails are typically served at 5 p.m., with dinner from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 423-2239.
Donate to a local Attend Portuguese holida toy program y Festa events The holidays are a great time to help kids in need.
The High Desert Detachment of the Marine Corps League sponsors its annual Toys for Tots drive during the holiday. All donations stay in the community and help needy families. For more information, call 775-423-5851. A group of local bikers also sponsor a toy run each year. For more information, call 775-867-4351. The Wishing Tree program allows residents to select an anonymous child and buy him or her the gifts they desire for Christmas. For more information, call 775423-7171 and ask for Dawn Ballard. The Fallon-Churchill Volunteer Fire Department also hosts a toy run each year. For more information, call 427-8736. Fallon’s annual Portuguese Festa is a celebration of history and culture in late May. The event usually features a dance at Moiola Hall, 850 W. Fourth St., and a meal of linguisa, a semi-spicy Portuguese sausage, and rolls later on a Saturday evening. Sunday brings the procession of the queens, girls and young women selected from the community, and a traditional meal of sopas, boiled beef and cabbage and spices served over French bread that follows a Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Cut a rugwith Lick your chops at “a Taste of Fallon” the Fallon If you’re looking to sample the best of locally made cuisine, the Fallon Chamber of ComSwing Club merce’s annual Taste of Fallon is the perfect
The Fallon Swing Club periodically hosts dance parties throughout the year. Events are typically for those ages 8 to adult. Refreshments are often served. For more information, call 775-4232372.
Attend the Show & Shine car show
event for foodies. The event, typically held in May or June, features food from several Fallon restaurants. Attendees purchase food items from individual vendors, and a beer garden has been available in the past. For more information, call the Fallon Chamber of Commerce at 423-2544.
The dazzle of chrome and rumble of engines take center stage each year during the Show and Shine car show sponsored by The Hurricams Car Club, Inc. The event typically features 100 to 150 entries of a variety of vehicles at Oats Park during a Saturday in mid-to-late May. Besides classic cars, the show features various vendors selling automotive memorabilia, food, and crafts.
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Two egg hunts have become tradition in Fallon during Easter weekend. The local VFW post offers an egg hunt at Churchill County Junior High School. The Fallon Lions Club also hosts an egg hunt at Laura Mills Park. While hundreds of eggs are dyed for the event, the colorful prizes are usually snatched up by local children within moments — the frenzy is a spectacle to behold. Both egg hunts are free to the public.
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Create a wreath for the library
The Churchill County Library is sponsoring its sixth annual Deck the Halls Wreath Extravaganza in December to raise money for the building fund. While the wreaths are gracing the library, visitors and patrons are able to participate in a silent auction to purchase the wreaths. The silent auction begins as soon as the wreath is put on display. All of the money raised by the silent auction will go to the Churchill County Library Building Fund.
Each spring, the Churchill County Library hosts the Teddy Bear Tea, a fundraiser for the library’s summer reading program. The event involves participants dressing up teddy bears and entering them into their choice of several categories. For more information about the 2009 Teddy Bear Tea, contact the Churchill County Library at 775423-7582.
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Action at the arena Have an off-road The Donnie Waters Invitational Roping Classic will be held May 15-17, 2009, at the fairgrounds. This adventure
three-day event features team roping. On July 10-12, the Western Days 12 Roping and Barrel Races will also be held in Fallon as will the 13th annual Stockhorse Spectacular on Oct. 9-11, 2009
If you own a four-wheel-drive vehicle but aren’t familiar with Churchill County’s backcountry, Churchill County Parks and Recreation offers periodic off-road tours led by a knowledgeable guide. Historic sites, ghost towns and old mining areas are often featured on the tours. The trips are also a great way to get to know other local residents. For more information about upcoming off-road tours, call Churchill County Parks and Recreation at 775423-7733.99 things goes here in this.
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Local voices merge to sing tunes of holiday cheer during the Lahontan Valley Concert Choir’s annual winter concert. The 2009 concert is scheduled for December at the Churchill County High School auditorium and will feature seasonal and holiday music. Call Mary Thomas at 428-2322 for details.
Volunteer with Grad Nite
In an effort to provide a safe and sober graduation experience for Churchill County High School seniors, local community members sponsor a Grad Nite party each year. The event, which usually takes place at NAS Fallon, always needs volunteers to assist with running the party and donations. For more information, call 775-423-6718.
Support local baseball at the Bean Feed
Honor our nation’s veterans
Baseball and food combine in one of Fallon’s oldest athletic traditions during the Fallon Youth Baseball Bean Feed during the late spring at Oats Park. The event offers several baseball games of different age brackets and food for participants. As a result of the money derived from the fun day, FYB is able to keep registration costs down for the players.
Memorial Day is a solemn holiday to remember and reflect on those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms Americans enjoy. Fallon honors this day through ceremonies on Memorial Day, which is May 25, 2009. The United Veterans of Churchill County host a service every year at the Churchill County Cemetery, located off of Rio Vista Drive east of Fallon. Ceremonies are also held at the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribal Cemetery and at The Gardens Cemetery. On Veterans Day, people can also visit the Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery north of Fernley to pay homage to those who have served in the armed forces.
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Get involved with the Fallon Boys & Girls Club
The Fallon Boys & Girls Club has been providing a safe and fun environment for local children for more than two and a half years. The club, which serves children between the ages of 6 and 12, has a membership of about 400. Volunteers and donations are sought. For more information, contact the club at 775-423-6926.
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Attend the Fallon Chamber of Commerce Banquet Nevada Indian Days Pow Wow
The Fallon Chamber of Commerce will host its annual awards banquet in the spring, an event that honors the best of Fallon’s business community. Awards are given in a variety of categories honoring exemplary customer service, agricultural leader, person of the year, beautification, best start-up business and other categories. The event is typically held at the Fallon Convention Center. For more information, contact the Fallon Chamber of Commerce at 775-423-2544.
A pow wow featuring the pageantry, regalia and dancing of tribes from across the country will come to Fallon on July 17-19, 2009. There will be Indian hand games and more. This is an opportunity for Native Americans to proudly display their heritage. For more information, call Rulan at 775-423-6075.
A festival of goats
Goat Days is coming in September 2009 to Lattin Farms, and sponsored by the Goats R Us 4-H Club. Come join the fun with goat calling and a milking contest. Enter your goat into fun contests like the ugliest, prettiest, smallest, fattest, stinkiest, biggest and most handsome goat. Stop by and watch spinners spin wool. For more information, contact club leader Gloria Montero at 775-427-8210.
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Fallon’s pride in its wrestling tradition is on display through the regional high school wrestling tournament it hosts each year at Churchill County High School. The tournament is usually held the second Saturday in December. It features wrestling teams from across Northern Nevada who compete in several different weight classes.
Support the Junior Livestock Show
Few events better show Fallon’s support for agriculture and its children than the Churchill County Junior Livestock Show and Sale. Held in April, the event features the auctioning of livestock raised by more than 100 local 4-H and FFA students. The students are held to a high standard in the raising and judging of their animals, and the results pay off for bidders who receive top-quality meat while supporting the efforts of local kids. The show and sale is held at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. For more information on 2009’s show and sale, call the county extension office at 775-423-5121.
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Melt away the stress and help your body relax by letting a Fallon-area masseur or masseuse work their magic on your body. Local businesses that offer massages include: • Custom Massage Center, 355 W. Williams Ave., 775423-2275 • Bellissima Salon & Day Spa, 355 W. 1st St., 775-428-1000 • The Rub, 741 S. Taylor St., 428-1099
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You never know what treasures you’ll find at a thrift store, and Fallon features three locations where used items can be given new life in the right hands. • Community Service Thrift Shop, 169 E. Center St., 775-423-3719 • Fallon Industries Thrift Store, 2030 Reno Highway, 775-423-8211 • Stuff ‘n Such Thrift Shop, 99 S. Nevada St., 775423-6446.
Plan a nature photography outing
Shutterbugs can find plenty of inspiration for their photographs through the events and scenery of Churchill County. The area’s idyllic pastures contain livestock, irrigation canals and mountain backdrops, as well as a sky that can almost be seen from horizon to horizon at some points. Sand Mountain, downtown Fallon, the Overland Hotel and Stillwater are other famous local photo landmarks.
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Treat your dog to Bark in the Park
An event for local dogs that keeps growing in popularity. Bark in the Park, sponsored by the Churchill Animal Protection Society and Churchill County Parks and Recreation, is a pet-themed event that features a run/walk, contests, raffles, petting zoo, doggy kissing booth and several vendors. The event is typically held in May or June. For more information, call CAPS at 775-423-7500. Every summer from early June to late August, downtown Fallon comes alive with shopping, entertainment and dining on South Maine Street on Tuesday nights from 5 p.m. To 9 p.m. The Fallon Farmers Market is one of the most popular community events of the year. The market features a variety of fresh produce from Nevada and California, as well as goat cheese, specialty bread and other delectable treats. The selection varies according to the time of the year. But the market isn’t just about produce. Street vendors, food stations, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, games for kids and a chance to cool off under a water sprinkler are just some of the events that are available.
Browse the Fallon NMXD Arenacross Triple Crown Finals Farmers Market This annual event is slated for August 2009 at the fair-
grounds. Motocross comes to Fallon at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. The event features extreme jump competition and motocross racing. In motocross, contestants race motor bikes over a dirt course that includes hills and leaps. The bikes themselves are designed for racing on dirt and are not street legal. A special course has been built at the fairgrounds for this event. Ty Erquiaga is the promoter, 775-240-2581.
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Held over a weekend in mid-to-late November, the Churchill County High School Craft Faire is a social event and a shopping event. Vendors from across the region come to sell their wares, which vary from holiday to decor to charms to more traditional craft items. For more information, call 775-219-9341.
Attend a breakfast Tap your foot to bluegrass music at the Eagles Club The Desert Oasis Bluegrass Music Festival is the second
The Fallon Eagles Club, 7977 Reno Highway, hosts breakfasts for the community on most Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee, biscuits and gravy. The all-you-can-eat-meal is $6 adults, $3 for children 10 and under. All net proceeds go to benefit Eagles charities. incarnation of Fallon’s Desert Oasis Bluegrass Festival, which wrapped an eight-year run in 2001. The 2008 festival was a huge success. The line up of bands was designed to suit the tastes of Fallon folks, and the festivals bring in several experienced northern California and northern Nevada bands. The event has not established a date for 2009. John Grantham is the organizer, 775-348-4692.
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