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Things to do
In Fallon Things
& Churchill County

The 2008 99 Things To Do In Fallon is a publication of the

Welcome to fallon
On any day in Fallon and
Lahontan Valley News and Fallon-Eagle Standard, Fallon and in Churchill County there’s
Churchill County’s daily newspaper. An electronic version of something to do. Ninety-Nine
this guide can be found at Things To Do In Fallon was designed to help visitors find
the area’s attractions and in-
Publisher: Keven Todd form them about local events.
Editor: Steve Ranson The 99 Things are listed in no
particular order, and anyone
Office Manager: Lisa Gonzales
of them will provide the op-
Photographer: Kim Lamb portunity for entertainment.
Cover photography and design by Kim Lamb Special thanks to the Fallon
Advertising Sales: Shannon Burns, Convention & Tourist Authority
Sheena Openshaw, Natalie Parish for providing content for this
Art Director: Michelle Morton 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 oc-
casional 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 an-
nual pass. A dedicated trail system was
implemented in 2007. Requirements are
Catch a local theatrical performance
Fallon’s local theater scene is alive and well. Classes from Churchill County High School as well as community
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 423-
2181 or the Churchill Arts Council, 775-423-1440.

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

Enjoy Lake Lahontan

Lahontan State Recreation Area is located 17 miles west
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 with-
out a boat and $15 for camping
with a boat. An annual

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entrance permit can
be purchased for

Tour Hidden Cave Visit the Museum Enter a bike race

Visitors who explore Hidden Cave can discover Fallon is home to one of the best small museums One of the benefits of living in the broad and flat
the site of an important archaeological dig and a in the West, the Churchill County Museum, located Lahontan Valley is the great terrain for bicycling.
21,000-year-old stratigraphy that has been exposed. at 1050 S. Maine St. The museum features The Rainbow Ridge Challenge Mountain Bike Race
Tours are held the second and fourth Saturday a variety of displays from pioneer, Native is set for May 3, 2009 at Rainbow Mountain, five
of each month and conducted by the U.S. Bureau American and early 20th Century eras, miles east of Grimes Point. It’s the first race in the
of Land Management. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the among many others. The museum’s an- Northern Nevada Cup Series. This is a NORBA
Churchill County Museum. Then caravan in your own nex features a variety of vehicles, and event and a valid NORBA license is required
vehicle out to Hidden Cave, located one mile north the museum hosts several speakers for participation. All participants must wear a
of Grimes Point, which is 11 miles and displays each year in its Changing bike helmet and are advised to wear all other
east of Fallon on U.S. Highway Exhibit Gallery. The museum is open safety equipment and bring extra tubes. Churchill
50. The cave is at the end Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. County Parks & Recreation sponsors the No-Hill
of a half-mile walk up a to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Hundred, a bike race that takes place on local
narrow dirt trail. The tour December through February. March through county roads, every October. Participants have
is not suitable for those in November, it is open Monday through Saturday the option of riding 100 mile, as well as a route of
wheelchairs, on crutches from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon less distance. The race is non-competitive. Roads

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or undisciplined children. to 5 p.m. branch out from the city of Fallon in all directions,
and all are flat or nearly flat.

Try some localwine Visit the Home relax at Soda Lake

While rural Nevada may not be known as a The Soda Lake area, encompassing two lakes northwest
hotbed of the wine industry, a
new local winery is seeking
and Garden Show of Fallon off of Soda Lake Road, is a unique site that
offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, boating,
Anyone wishing to get advice or inspiration for
to establish the industry in indoor or outdoor projects can attend the ninth off-roading, birding and horseback riding.
Churchill County. Churchill annual Soroptimist Home, Garden and Rec- The property, totaling more than 1,000 acres, was pur-
Vineyards, located seven reation Show April 18-19, 2009, at the Fallon chased by Churchill County in 2005. The area provides
miles south of Fallon off Convention Center. The two-day event features opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, boating, off-
of U.S. Highway 95, offers 50-plus vendors who will demonstrate their roading, birding and horseback riding.
several varieties of locally products or explain how to improve an indoor Recent policies enacted by the county restrict shooting
produced wine that are sure to or outdoor project in and around a person’s and dumping in the area.
please discriminating palates. home. The Saturday and Sunday show is free. The area was once home to a soda mine, and machinery
The winery, operated by a local However, donations are accepted to support from the operation still sits on the bottom of the lake.
family, rests on a historic Nevada Soroptimist community programs. Soroptimist Soda Lake also supports a brine shrimp population.
farm. For more information, call raises money for various groups and organiza-
775-423-4000 or visit tions throughout the year. Each year there are more than 2,000 attendees at the event.

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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 veg-
etables 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
Tour Maine Street Viewthe petroglyphs
The history of the city of Fallon can be retraced
through a walking tour that works its way up and at Grimes Point
down Maine Street. The 44-point tour beings at
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 govern-
ment 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.
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. Infor-
mation about the trail is provided at the site in a brochure.
Restrooms and five sheltered picnic tables, an informa-
tive 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.
4990 Reno Highway,
and Lattin Farms
is located at 1955

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McLean Road.

Attendthe Christmas Shop Fallon during Findyourwaythrough

tree lighting Hometown Christmas thegiantcornmaze
Following the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting,
There is no better way to get in the People wanting to get lost in late September and
holiday spirit in Churchill County than downtown Fallon businesses will open their doors on Sat- October have a place to go where getting turned
to attend the city of Fallon’s annual urday, Dec. 5, 2009, for the annual Hometown Christmas around and not knowing where they are at is actu-
Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. The event. The day features activities for children and the ally desired. For the last 10 fall seasons, Rick Lattin
event, which will be held the night of chance for adults to peruse the many stores and boutique and his wife, B. Ann, owners of Lattin Farms, have
Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, features the light- shops downtown in the search for that perfect holiday opened up their corn maze that is made up of more
ing of the city’s Christmas giant tree gift. Organized games, live entertainment, food than 100,000 stalks of corn on more than three
downtown on South Maine Street, and other street vendors, photos with Santa, acres of land to visitors. The Fall Festival, which
along with refreshments, a visit goody bags, great raffle gifts, a free movie at includes the maze, features a different theme each
by Santa Claus and other holiday Fallon Theatres, retail promotions, prizes for year. The Lattin Farms maze is one of two corn maz-
events. Fallon’s historic City Hall the best-decorated light poles and other es west of the Mississippi River. It was concocted
is also decked out with holiday projects are some of what is planned. For by maze designer Adrian Fisher of London.
splendor. more information, contact the Fallon
Chamber of Commerce at 423-2544.

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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 Rattlesnake Raceway, a stock car dirt oval track with IMCA-sanc-
a motorsports tioned action and thrills galore, makes its home in Fallon and brings
jamboree featuring hundreds of racers to the area each year. The raceway is located
drag races at Top one mile east of Fallon on Rio Vista Drive, on top of Rattlesnake Hill.
Gun Raceway, oval Concessions are available. The popular mud bogs are also held each
dirt track racing at year. Races are typically held in April through November. For more
Rattlesnake Race- information, visit Top Gun Raceway has
way, motocross, Tuff become one of Fallon’s tourism anchors and is now approaching its
truck, tractor pulls 18th season. The drag strip hosted NHRA-sponsored events in 2007.
and truck show n The complex is located 15 miles south of Fallon on U.S. Highway 95.
shines, food and The surface is considered by many seasoned racers to be the best
rock ‘n roll at the on the West Coast. The season includes NHRA junior dragsters, super
fairgrounds. Octane groups, jet dragsters, funny cars, points, circuit, amateur and pro
Fest will be held drags. Top Gun Raceway draws racers from all over the country and

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June 11-14, 2009. Canada. For track hours, costs and a complete schedule of races, call
775-423-0223 or check out the Web site at

Relive history at Old Bring your sole to Enjoy a parade

During the year, Fallon presents three parades. The first
Middlegate Station the Shoe Tree parade, which is organized by the Silver State Interna-
For a real slice of the old west, a visit to Old Middlegate Did you ever see a tree with shoes for leaves? No? Well, tional Rodeo, is held on the Fourth of July. Contestants
Station approximately 50 miles east of Fallon on Highway 50 you’ve never seen the Shoe Tree east of Fallon, in full bloom from the rodeo and the community show their pride for
is worth the trip. The station is located on the historic Pony with shoes of every size and color. This tree is said to have America’s birthday. The Labor Day parade sponsored by
Express Trail and features a motel/RV park, free camping, gotten its unique leaves when a couple was traveling the Lions Club has been in existence for many years. The
and great food and drinks. Middlegate was named by James through Nevada on their way to be married and they saw a parade features many displays and groups and during an
Simpson in his journal “Across the Great Basin in 1859.” He lovely shade tree on the side of the road. So, they decided election year, many politicians make Fallon the place to
named the cuts in the mountains “gates” to identify the route to stop and rest under the tree, have a drink, chat about their be on Labor Day. Churchill County High School organizes
he took across the desert. His exploration served the stage future, and share their dreams. The two sat under the tree a parade to celebrate homecoming, usually held in
lines and wagon trains that crossed the country. The station and kicked off their shoes. They conversed for some time October.
served as a Pony Express stop in 1860-61. After the demise before their exchange suddenly grew heated. The young
of the Pony Express, the station continued in operation until woman grew furious, picked up her fiancée’s shoes and
the mines closed. Ranchers setting up operations in the valley tossed them high up into the tree where they stuck. The

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carried off much of the material used in construction of the Shoe Tree is located on the north side of Highway 50 about
original station. For more information about Old Middlegate 50 miles east of Fallon near Old Middlegate.
Station, call (775) 423-7134.
Take a dip in a Home of Top Gun Catch a fish at
local swimming pool school that specializes in fighter training. Many Liberty Pond
The Fallon Naval Air Station is home to the Top Gun
While the weather may be cool outside, the Lahontan Valley
film buffs remember the movie of the same name Liberty Pond offers fishing from dawn to dusk. The
offers swimming options for all seasons. Churchill County
starring Tom Cruise. Although access is required to pond, located within Liberty Park at 2323 Schurz
has an indoor swimming pool adjacent to the Churchill Coun-
enter the base, aircraft aficionados can park outside Highway, just south of the city off of U.S. Highway 95.
ty Fairgrounds, off of Sheckler Road. The cost to swim is $2
the base (photography, though, is not allowed Nevada fishing regulations apply. Persons 12 years
for children and seniors and $3 for adults. Pool hours vary
through the fence) and watch pilots take off for old and younger do not need a fishing license, while
depending on the time of the year. Call 423-7091 for more
their training missions. For those who are able to it is required for those 13 and older. The limit is five
information. The city of Fallon’s outdoor swimming pool at
visit NAS Fallon, the base also has a static display fish per person, and the pond is stocked. The park is
Oats Park offers a family-friendly environment for swimming
of jets about a half mile from the main gate. equipped with public restrooms.
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

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Catch some air at
the skate park
For those with a talent for skate-
boarding or inline skating,
the city of Fallon
offers a skate park
at Venturacci Park,
located off of Venturacci Lane
across from Northside Elemen-
tary School. The skate park, which
features a cement skating area
and room for several people, is
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
students to work toward associate degrees, transfer to a
university, dual credit college/high school courses, or
certificates of achievement in the arts and sciences,
technologies or topics of personal interest. The cam-
pus 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
the Pony Express
The storied Pony Express route, which car-
ried 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 Ex-
popular nearly all year round. and industries. The campus, consisting of three press station, one of the best preserved in
There is no charge to skate a the park. buildings, is located at 160 Campus Way, adjacent to the Nevada. A group of local residents retrace the
Venturacci Park also offers a playground, large grassy Fallon Convention Center. For more information, call Pony Express route through Churchill County

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area, meandering walkway, a pergola and picnic areas. 775-423-7565 or visit each year.

The Oasis Stampede Catchyouth boxing Volunteerwith CAPS

The Churchill County Fairgrounds will be busy The Churchill Animal Protection Society, known
July 31-Aug. 2, 2009 for the second annual Oasis atthe Night of Fights asimalCAPS, is Churchill County’s only no-kill an-
shelter. The shelter provides care and
Stampede and Country Fair. Country Fair and 4-H Churchill County High School has a unique tradition
Extravaganza have joined the show last year. in the Night of Fights, when high school students and adoptions for dogs and cats Volunteers are
The event also has the mule and donkey show, athletes box each other in a fundraiser for the Greenwave needed to walk dogs, play with the cats,
an American Mule Association-sanctioned event. wrestling program. Bouts usually feature contestants in assist with cleaning and other activities.
Other events planned include fair exhibits, several weight categories as well as female participants. Donations of money and related items are
a pack goat demonstration, a pie eating Student boxers are trained for also appreciated. For more information, e-
contest, kids karate demonstration and a couple of weeks before the mail, call 423-7500
a performance by the high school swing event, and medical per- or visit the shelter at 5894 Pasture Road,
dance club. sonnel are on the scene southeast of the city of Fallon near Fallon
to ensure safety. The Naval Air Station.
event is typically held in
late May or early June.

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Visit an art gallery Horse around in
For those with an eye for art, Fallon offers multiple art
galleries for viewing and artistic purchase.
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 Max-
ine Caprioli-Hight. The Oats Park Art
Churchill County

Center, located inside the old Oats Park

School at 151 E. Park St., features ar-
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.
Expand your mind
at the library
The Churchill County Library can be an excel-
lent 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 pro-
vides 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,
Riders who know the area can travel to a variety of well- and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday,
tistic exhibits that change through- known recreational spots in the county including Grimes and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed
out the year. Student artwork is also Point Petroglyph Trail, Lee Hot Springs, Indian Lakes, Big on Sundays and on state and federal holidays.
displayed in Getto Hall at Western and Little Soda Lakes and Lake Lahontan. For more information, call 775-423-7581 or
Nevada College’s Fallon campus. e-mail

Churchill County
Museum & Archives
Exhibits on Fallon and
Churchill County history --
Visit our Museum Store -- over
300 book titles on Nevada history!
Admission is FREE!
HOURS: March-November: Mon.-Sat. 10-5; Sun. 12-5
December-February: Mon.-Sat. 10-4; Sun. 12-4
1050 S. Maine St. * Fallon, NV * 775-423-3677 phone

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View wildlife at
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 num-
ber 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 Stillwa-
ter, as well as hunting and photography.

For more information, call 428-6452 or 423-
5128, or visit

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 Catch a rodeo at the fairgrounds
NAS Fallon, the movie theater Nevada is rodeo country, and Churchill County is no exception. The arena at the Churchill County Fairgrounds serves
on the Navy base is free to as host to several rodeos throughout the year including the high school rodeo, Silver State International Rodeo,
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guests. There are also several great view of all events. The fairgrounds are also well equipped to handle rodeo competitors, their animals and their
stores in the community that vehicles. For more information on when rodeos are coming to the fairgrounds, call 775-423-7733.
rent movies for home viewing.

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, U.S. Highway 50, dubbed the “Loneli- The Overland Hotel’s eight annual Chili Cook-off will
athletics and just enjoying some open space, est Road in America” runs right through be held Aug. 18, 2009. The event is sanctioned by the
but it also becomes an outdoor concert space the middle of Fallon. To the east of International Chili Society. Chili and Salsa cooks compete
on certain warm evenings. The Churchill Arts town lies one of the most desolate against each other for prize money. This is also a fund-
Council sponsors a handful of concerts that stretches of highway in America, a raiser for the Churchill County Search and Rescue.
are free to the public during the summer, two-lane ribbon of blacktop that travels
usually on the weekend at the new Cen- across the state of Nevada. While the
tennial Stage. For more information about route cuts primarily through desolate
upcoming concerts at Oats Park, contact the desert terrain, services and attractions
Churchill Arts Council at charts@phonewave. are available in Austin, Eureka, Ely and
net or call 775-423-1440. other locations. A guide to the route is
available at the Fallon Contention and

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Tourism Authority, where Highway 50
Survival Guides can be validated.

HaveaBasquedinner Walk the track at Catch a prep oryouth

attheOverlandHotel Laura Mills Park sporting event
Sports fans living or visiting
Take a trip back in time at the Overland Hotel, a Walking the two paths around Laura Mills Park
historic hotel, restaurant and bar located at 125 E. is a great way to get some exercise while the Fallon area have no lack
Center St. The establishment includes a Basque res- taking in the scenery of one of the city’s most of options if they want to
taurant, and a historic bar featuring a variety of the scenic parks. The paths are wide enough to ac- watch youth or high school
items hanging from commodate multiple walkers or joggers, as well sporting events. Churchill
the ceiling and as dogs. The park is located in the southwest County High School fields
walls that must section of the city and can be reached through several girls’ and boys’ sports
be viewed to be teams that play games in the
Tedford Lane, West Fifth Street or Babb Place.
described. The early fall through the late
bar serves spring. Youth teams also compete
a stiff in baseball, softball, soccer, foot-
Basque ball, basketball and others.
drink known as
the Picon Punch.

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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 back-
side of Rattlesnake Hill, just east of Fallon. For more
information, call Wayne Whitten at 427-4556.
Lend a hand to Keep Browse local
Fallon Green Week antique shops
Fallon features two stores that feature a large se-
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
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
city of Fallon at 423-5107. on a more limited basis.

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Volunteer at
Fallon Daily Bread
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 orga-
nization is in continual search for volunteers in
Mayor’s Cup Golf Watchthe fireworks
Tournament during NewYear’s Eve
Who says fireworks are only permissible during
This is a corporate golf tourna-
ment 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 fair-
grounds. For more information, call City Hall at

its effort to eventually serve meals five days per

week. For more information, contact June Young
at 775-423-3122.

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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
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 informa-
tion about the festival or birding in the Lahontan Valley anytime, call (775) 428-6452 or check out the Web
site at or

rats another view

of the county’s

Work out at a gym
While Fallon may be a small city, it offers a
variety of businesses for those looking to im-
prove 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).

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Do the New Year’s
Day Fun Run/Walk
Every year on Jan. 1, Churchill
County Parks and Recreation spon-
sors 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
Take a class at The Plan a hunting trip
In late summer and fall, Fallon is a Mecca for
Uncommon Thread hunters and fishermen buying supplies and
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
preparing to venture into Nevada’s bounti-
ful 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
are typically held after the race. are single sessions for $15. She also offers services for outdoor recreation. The
For more information, call Churchill classes to teach advanced piecework meth- organization can be contacted at (775)

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County Parks and Recreation at ods. For more information, call 775-867-4225. 964-2145 or

Retrace the old Check out the State Hit up Fallon’s

Lincoln Highway Historic Markers nightlife
America’s first paved “Coast to Coast” road started at Times Churchill County is rich in history, and that history is When the sun sets and the workday is done, the Fallon
Square in New York City and went across the nation to Lincoln documented through several State Historical Markers area offers several establishments to wet your whistle
Park in San Francisco. Called the “Main Street of America” that dot local byways. The county contains about a and enjoy the company of friends. Various restaurants
it passes through the City of Fallon and was a vital link in the dozen markers, stretching from Hazen on the west end and bars line the streets near downtown as well as
growth of Fallon. Named after President Lincoln, its 3,143 of the county to Edwards Creek Valley on the county’s several along Williams Avenue. Most Fallon casinos also
mile route was conceived July 1, 1913 by a group of leaders eastern edge. Other locations include Cold Springs, offer bar services to their patrons.
in the automotive industry. The remaining existing route in Sand Mountain, Lahontan Dam, the Churchill County Fallon-area nightclubs and sports bars
Fallon today starts at the corner of Allen Rd. and Auction Rd. Courthouse, Wonder, Stillwater and Grimes Point. • Depot Restaurant & Casino - 875 W. Williams Ave.,
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.
• Sandwinds Restaurant & Sports Bar – 1120 Taylor
Start here and head east on Auction Road. When it connects
Place, 775-423-8554
to West Williams Avenue, head east to Maine Street, then right
• Frog Daddy’s Sports Bar – 143 S. Maine St.,
(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.
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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 holiday-
themed 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)-
Dankae Arabians, 3125 Stark Lane, (775)-423-5185,
provides horse riding lessons, boarding, and horse train-
ing. Bench Mark Ranch, 775-867-3746, offers boarding,
breeding, sales and other services.
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 physi-
cal 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.

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 dres-

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sage course, and barrel racing areas.

Clean up the desert Browse the minerals Try to Throw a

The Churchill Desert Defense Coalition is a non-
profit, non-partisan group of volunteers who
seek to beautify the local desert by cleaning up
at local rock shops strike at Oasis Bowl
Western Nevada is a geologist’s dream. Rocks The crash of pins and league bowling
and disposing of dumped trash. The group holds shaped through volcanic activity and an ancient teams are common sights at Oasis
cleanups of nearby desert areas on a frequent ba- sea dot the landscape. For those looking to Bowl Family Fun
sis. The CDDC also meets periodically to discuss take a piece of Nevada home with them, Center, located at
upcoming projects. For more information, call Fallon features two rock shops west of 1555 S. Taylor St.
775-217-3099. town, both on the Reno Highway. The in Fallon. The
Gem & Rock Shop, located at 6840 Reno center features
Highway, can be contacted at 775-867- bowling, pool,
3993. The Highway 50-95 Rock Shop, darts, an arcade,
located at 4261 Reno Highway, can be ping-pong, a fireplace,
contacted at 775-867-2144. sports bar and parties
for kids and adults.

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For more information,
call 775-423-3003.

Attend a local Relay for Life Explore the area’s

Annually community members
church service get together not only to raise
money for cancer victims and research but to
Though Fallon may be a small community, it contains a Churchill County is rich in backcountry adventure where
variety of different churches representing many different remember friends and family members they have one can camp and picnic in secluded meadows and
faiths and denominations. Some local churches hold lost or to celebrate the job of cancer victims that remote canyons, climb mountain ranges for awesome
outreach and social events throughout the year, as well have survived this deadly disease. On June 13, vistas, see unusual rock formations and earthquake
as charity events and fundraisers for mission trips. 2009, the Fallon community will show its support faults, or view wildlife and plant life in some of the most
by walking and participating in fun activities over unlikely places. One can engage an outfitter or guide to
a 24-hour period at the junior high school track. show the way. Sage & Pine Guide and Outfitters is a local
The committee invites people to this wonderful company that offers this service. There is some beautiful
event by coming out and walking, donating and backcountry toward the Clan Alpine Mountain Range
participating in the planned events throughout north of Highway 50 as well. For more information of
the next month. 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 oppor-
tunities 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 resourc-
es. 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
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. Walk-
on and drive up rates for youth and adults are also offered. For more information, call 775-423-7733.

on trails call the Churchill County Parks &

Recreation Dept., (775) 423-7733 or log


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

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Have a meal at the
Fallon Elks Lodge
The Fallon Elks Lodge, 93 W. Center St., hosts din-
ners 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
holiday toy program
The holidays are a great time to help kids in need.

All donations stay in the community and help needy

families. For more information, call 775-423-5851.
Attend Portuguese

The High Desert Detachment of the Marine Corps League

Festa events
sponsors its annual Toys for Tots drive during the holiday.

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 775-
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 Por-
tuguese 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
423-7171 and ask for Dawn Ballard. meal of sopas, boiled beef and
The Fallon-Churchill Volunteer Fire Department also cabbage and spices served

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hosts a toy run each year. For more information, call over French bread that follows
427-8736. a Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic

Cut a rugwith Lick your chops at Attend the Show

the Fallon “a Taste of Fallon” & Shine car show
If you’re looking to sample the best of locally The dazzle of chrome and rumble of engines
Swing Club made cuisine, the Fallon Chamber of Com-
merce’s annual Taste of Fallon is the perfect
take center stage each year during the Show
and Shine car show sponsored by The Hurri-
The Fallon Swing Club periodically hosts event for foodies. The event, typically held in cams Car Club, Inc. The event typically features
dance parties throughout the year. May or June, features food from several Fallon 100 to 150 entries of a variety of vehicles at
Events are typically for those ages 8 to restaurants. Attendees purchase food items Oats Park during a Saturday in mid-to-late May.
adult. Refreshments are often served. from individual vendors, and a beer garden has Besides classic cars, the show
For more information, call 775-423- been available in the past. For more informa- features various vendors sell-
2372. tion, call the Fallon Chamber of Commerce at ing automotive
423-2544. memora-
bilia, food,
and crafts.

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Take your kids to
Easter egg hunts
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
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
Attend the
Teddy Bear Tea
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 775-
are usually snatched up by the Churchill County Library 423-7582.
local children within moments Building Fund.
— the frenzy is a spectacle

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to behold. Both egg hunts are
free to the public.

Action at the arena Have an off-road ListentotheLahontan

The Donnie Waters Invitational Roping Classic will
be held May 15-17, 2009, at the fairgrounds. This adventure ValleyConcertChoir
three-day event features team roping. On July 10-12, If you own a four-wheel-drive vehicle but aren’t Local voices merge to sing tunes of holiday
the Western Days 12 Roping and Barrel Races will also familiar with Churchill County’s backcountry, Churchill cheer during the Lahontan Valley Concert
be held in Fallon as will the 13th annual Stockhorse County Parks and Recreation offers periodic off-road Choir’s annual winter concert. The 2009 concert
Spectacular on Oct. 9-11, 2009 tours led by a knowledgeable guide. Historic sites, is scheduled for December at the Churchill
ghost towns and old mining areas are often featured County High School auditorium and will feature
on the tours. The trips are also a great way to get to seasonal and holiday music. Call Mary Thomas
know other local at 428-2322 for details.
residents. For more
information about
upcoming off-road
tours, call Churchill
County Parks and

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Recreation at 775-
423-7733.99 things
goes here in this.

Volunteer with Support local Honor our nation’s

Grad Nite baseball at the veterans
In an effort to provide a safe and sober gradua- Memorial Day is a solemn holiday to remember
tion experience for Churchill County High School
seniors, local community members sponsor a Grad
Bean Feed and reflect on those who gave their lives to
protect the freedoms Americans enjoy. Fallon
Baseball and food combine in one of Fallon’s
Nite party each year. The event, which usually takes oldest athletic traditions during the Fallon Youth honors this day through ceremonies on Memorial
place at NAS Fallon, always needs volunteers to as- Baseball Bean Feed during the late spring at Day, which is May 25, 2009. The United Veterans
sist with running the party and donations. For more Oats Park. The event offers several baseball of Churchill County host a service every year
information, call 775-423-6718. games of different age brackets and food for at the Churchill County Cemetery, located off of
participants. As a result of the money derived Rio Vista Drive east of Fallon. Ceremonies are
from the fun day, FYB is able to keep registra- also held at the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribal
tion costs down for the players. 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.

Ballet Tap Jazz
Pilates Kindermusik
Offering dance classes for
children and adults.

3963 Arnold Way, Fallon, NV
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Attend the Fallon
Chamber of
Commerce Banquet
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 in-
Nevada Indian Days Pow Wow
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.

formation, contact the Fallon Chamber of Commerce

at 775-423-2544.

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 ugli-
est, 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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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.
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 agri-
culture 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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Let a massage melt
your stress away
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., 775-
• Bellissima Salon & Day Spa, 355 W.
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.,
• Fallon Industries Thrift Store, 2030 Reno Highway,
• Stuff ‘n Such Thrift Shop, 99 S. Nevada St., 775-
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
1st St., 775-428-1000
famous local photo
• The Rub, 741 S. Taylor St., 428-1099

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Treat your dog to
Bark in the Park
An event for local dogs that keeps growing in popular-
ity. 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.
Browse the Fallon NMXD Arenacross
Farmers Market Triple Crown Finals
This annual event is slated for August 2009 at the fair-
Every summer from early June to late August, down-
town 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
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.
For more informa- vendors, food stations, cooking demonstrations,
tion, call CAPS at live entertainment, games for kids and a chance to

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775-423-7500. cool off under a water sprinkler are just some of the
events that are available.

Browse the CCHS Attend a breakfast Tap your foot to

Craft Faire at the Eagles Club bluegrass music
The Desert Oasis Bluegrass Music Festival is the second
The Fallon Eagles Club, 7977 Reno Highway, hosts
Held over a weekend in breakfasts for the community on most Sundays incarnation of Fallon’s Desert Oasis Bluegrass Festival,
mid-to-late November, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The menu consists of which wrapped an eight-year run in 2001. The 2008
the Churchill County scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, French toast, festival was a huge success.
High School Craft Faire bacon, sausage, juice, coffee, biscuits and gravy. The The line up of bands was
is a social event and all-you-can-eat-meal is $6 adults, $3 for children designed to suit the tastes
a shopping event. 10 and under. All net proceeds go to benefit Eagles of Fallon folks, and the
Vendors from across charities. festivals bring in several
the region come to sell experienced northern
their wares, which vary California and northern Ne-
from holiday to decor vada bands. The event has
to charms to more not established a date for
traditional craft items. 2009. John Grantham is the
For more information, organizer, 775-348-4692.

call 775-219-9341.

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