The Fallon Cantaloupe Festival will celebrate its 29th birthday this Labor Day weekend and is Nevada’s longest running agricultural event.
The festival is organized by the Fallon Festival Association, Inc., which is comprised of all volunteers and has proven to be successful in its efforts to keep this treasured event up and running.
The activities to kick off the Cantaloupe Festival begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and continue to midnight.
The festival features entertainers and a hypnotist, in addition to produce stands and vendors’ booths.
Meanwhile, as the festival is going on, the Churchill County Parks and Recreation Department‘s mud volleyball tournament includes double-elimination in the annual Nevada State Championship Tournament and the single-elimination consolation Cantaloupe Festival Tournament.
All teams begin in the Nevada State Championship Tournament. Teams that win at least one of their first two matches continue playing in the state tournament. Teams losing their first two matches in the state tournament are placed in the Cantaloupe Festival Single-Elimination Consolation Tournament.
The Fallon Lions Club Junior Rodeo begins Friday at the Churchill County Fairgrounds with bull riding and continues Saturday and Sunday mornings with the various rodeo events. Saturday night features ACTRA team roping.
At high noon on Monday, the Top 10 finals in each event will be held.
Tickets are $10 for the bull riding on Friday.
A Kiwanis breakfast and a parade also wrap up Monday’s activities.
The 58th annual Kiwanis breakfast kicks off Monday from 6:30-10 a.m., in the parking lot next to E.H. Hurst Insurance on South Maine Street.
Tradition calls for candidates seeking public office to come to the breakfast and meet the local residents. Many of those running for statewide office are expected to be in Fallon for the breakfast and then the parade.
The annual Fallon Lions Club parade, one of the oldest in the state, begins at 10 a.m., and will feature a host of politicians and local entries.
The parade winds through Fallon beginning on South Taylor Street and ending on Maine Street near the middle school.
Labor Day has been a traditional time for politicians to visit Fallon but more so in an election year.