Labor Day rings in a parade, breakfast and rodeo

Politicians use the day to meet residents, visitors

Wendell Gibbons pours pancake batter at last year’s Labor Day breakfast sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fallon.

Wendell Gibbons pours pancake batter at last year’s Labor Day breakfast sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fallon.

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Labor Day in Fallon — the three P’s of parade, politicians, pancake breakfast … and a junior rodeo to cap the weekend.

Every year the Fallon Lions Club hosts a Labor Day Parade on Monday. The parade begins at 10 a.m., Taylor Street at the middle school and moves north to A Street, east on A Street to Ada Street, south on Ada Street to Williams Avenue, east on Williams Avenue to Maine Street, and then south on Maine Street to the middle school.

Announcer booths will be positioned at various locations along the parade route.
The Fallon Lions Club will honor the area’s veterans’ organizations with the parade Celebrating the area’s veteran volunteer service organizations. The Lahontan Valley is home to a number of veteran service organizations.

Barbara Hertz said the registration deadline for all entries is no later than Friday. Awards will be given in the following categories: President’s Award, Best Use of Theme, Most Creative, Best Youth Group, Best Civic Group, Best Business Entry, Best Mounted Individual, Best Mounted Group, Best Antique Farm implement and Best Automotive entry.

The parade is also the longest held tradition in Churchill County and attracts 70 to 80 entries based on prior-year applications. During an election year, Hertz said the number of entries increases. People are allowed to enter as many vehicles or floats as they want, so the number of vehicles or floats, for example, will increase.

Before the parade begins at 10 a.m., the Rotary Club of Fallon is hosting the annual Labor Day pancake breakfast. During previous years, politicians running for local or state and federal offices have stopped by to grab some breakfast and meet the local residents and visitors.

The breakfast, which is held in the lot next to the Churchill County Library on South Maine Street, is from 7-10 a.m. and includes all-you-can eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, fresh fruit, coffee and Sandhill Diary white and chocolate milk. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Map of parade route


Local Boy Scouts from Troop 1776 will volunteer their time to help with the breakfast.
The Labor Day weekend, though actually begins on Friday night at the Churchill County Fairground’s Fairview Arena, the main venue for the Fallon Junior Rodeo.

The queen contestants will be introduced at 6:30 p.m. with the crowning taking place on Saturday. The rodeo continues Saturday at 8 a.m. in the Fairview Arena with the first performance. The second go-around is Sunday at 8 a.m., and the Top 10 concludes the three days of rodeo action beginning at 8 a.m. on Labor Day.

The Tommy Lee Roping is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and Family Night after the rodeo is Sunday.

Spectator games held during each performance. Organizer Jennifur Peek said this is a way for spectators to have some fun and win money.

Events, depending on categories and age, include barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping, figure 8, run ride lead, steer stopping, mutton busting, dummy roping, chute dogging and calf roping.

The categories include Pee Wee, ages 0-5; Junior Boys and Girls, ages 6-9; Intermediate Boys and Girls, ages 10-13; and Senior Boys and Girls, ages 14-18.

Peek said the rodeo has received applications from contestants who live in California, Idaho and Utah. Last year the rodeo had more than 150 contestants.

Peek Brothers Construction is providing additional money for the events.

For information, go to www. or the Facebook page, or call Peek at 775-302-6792.


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