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Chunk ’em any way you can

Karen Woodmansee
Appeal Staff Writer

Not content with eating, cooking and bowling, organizers of Fallon’s 21st annual Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe Festival have found a new way to torture fruit – chunk it.

The first Kent’s Cantaloupe Chunkin’ Competition will involve arms, slingshots and catapults in chunking melons as far as possible in the parking lot of the Churchill County Fairgrounds, where the festival will take place.

The more-athletic contestants will fling the melons shot-put style; other, more creative contestants will build slingshots and catapults or trebuchets to make the fruit fly.

“People have been chunkin’ pumpkins for a long time,” said Rick Gray, executive director of the Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority. “So from that idea, it morphed into doing it with cantaloupes. Eventually, we would like it to be the world championship cantaloupe-chunking contest.”

In the catapult/trebuchet category, the participants will be judged on who comes closest to the target, 300 feet away. The entry fee is $25, and the winner will get $500 in prize money. Gray said there were six catapult entries.

For the slingshot shooters, it will cost $10 to enter, and the prize is $150. For this and the human-powered contestants, the winner will be the one who flings the farthest, with no target to worry about. The thrower who can hurl a cantaloupe the farthest wins a trophy.

Gray said there will be a slingshot for kids that was built by members of the Navy.

“So if they don’t build one, they can still see what it’s like to shoot a cantaloupe with a slingshot,” he said.

The new event is sponsored by Kent’s Supply Co. in Fallon, which is providing prize money and trophies.

Other events at the fair include a variety of live music, including karaoke and a battle of the bands; animal acts; a hypnotist; carnival; rodeo and a backyard-grilling contest. There will be jousting, car shows, antique tractors, crafts and food – especially cantaloupe dishes.

In addition to chunkin’, there will be cantaloupe ice cream and daiquiris, a cantaloupe-eating contest and even cantaloupe bowling.

“The farms had a banner year with cantaloupes this year,” Gray said. “The season was extremely hot, and that’s what cantaloupes like.”

• Contact reporter Karen Woodmansee at kwoodmansee@nevadaappeal.com or 882-2111. ext. 351.

If you go

WHAT: Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe Festival

Admission: at the gate $5 adults, $3 ages 3-12

Advance Tickets: Full festival, 4-day passes: $10 for adults, $6 ages 3-12

Call: (775) 423-2544 or 1-800-874-0903

Sept. 1

MAIN STAGE

5Ð5:30 p.m. – Swan Brothers 2-man Circus

6-7 p.m. – Extreme hypnotist Barry Jones

7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. – Open Youth Karaoke

MULTIPURPOSE BUILDING (All four days)

10 a.m.Ð9 p.m. – Arts, quilts, crafts, exhibits

COTTONWOOD ANNEX BUILDING

10 a.m.Ð8 p.m. – Table-decorating displays, photo show

FESTIVAL GROUNDS

5 p.m.Ð10 p.m.- Motorcycle Show

CARNIVAL (All four days)

5 p.m.- midnight

Sept. 2

MAIN STAGE

10:30Ð11 a.m. – Swan Brothers 2-man Circus

NoonÐ1 p.m. – Extreme Hypnotist Barry Jones

1Ð1:30 p.m. – Cowboy poet Larry Maurice

2Ð2:30 p.m. – Swan Brothers 2-man Circus

3:30-4:30 p.m.- Extreme hypnotist Barry Jones

5:30-8 p.m. – Heartache Tonight

9 p.m.-midnight – California Cowboys

SECOND STAGE

Wildlife Wendy – three shows

FESTIVAL GROUNDS

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Classic car show

11:30 a.m.Ðnoon, 2:30Ð3 p.m. and 6Ð6:30 p.m. – Lights, Camera Animals

12:30Ð1:30 p.m., 4:30Ð5:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. – Cook’s Racing Pigs

KIDS AREA

2-2:30 p.m. – Cantaloupe bowling

3:30Ð4 p.m. – Cantaloupe-eating contest

GROUNDS:

9 a.m. – Mud volleyball

DRY GULCH

11:30 a.m. – Rabbit show

LIVESTOCK SHOW RING

11:30 a.m. – Goat show

10 a.m.-10 p.m. – Mule display

ARENA

11 a.m.- 5 p.m. – Lions Club Junior Rodeo

8Ð9 p.m. – Jousting show

Sept. 3

PARKING LOT

1Ð4 p.m., – Kent’s Cantaloupe Chunkin’ Contest

MAIN STAGE:

10:30Ð11 a.m. – Swan Brothers 2-man Circus

noon-1 p.m. – Extreme hypnotist Barry Jones

1Ð2 p.m. – Mariachi Cazadores

2Ð2:30 p.m. – Swan Brothers 2-man Circus

3:30-4:30 p.m. – Extreme hypnotist Barry Jones

5:30-8:30 p.m. – American Made

9 p.m.ÐMidnight – Karaoke finals

SECOND STAGE:

Wildlife Wendy – three shows

4-6 p.m. – Cool River Trio

7 p.m.-Midnight – Battle of the Bands

FESTIVAL GROUNDS

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Open Car Show

11:30 a.m.Ðnoon, 2:30Ð3 p.m. and 6Ð6:30 p.m. – Lights, Camera Animals

12:30Ð1:30 p.m., 4:30Ð5:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. – Cook’s Racing Pigs

KIDS AREA

2Ð2:30 p.m. – Cantaloupe bowling

3:30Ð4 p.m. – Cantaloupe-eating contest

ARENA

8 a.m.Ð5 p.m. – Lions Club Juniior Rodeo

7 p.m.-9 p.m. – Mule and wagon show

GROUNDS

9 a.m. – Mud volleyball

DRY GULCH

10:30 a.m. – Cavies judging

5:30-7 p.m. – Sponsor Appreciation Night

LIVESTOCK SHOW RING:

2 p.m. – Sheep show

Sept. 4

MAIN STAGE

10:30Ð11 a.m. – Swan Brothers 2-man Circus

11 a.m.-noon – Little Cowboy and Little Cowgirl Contest

12:30Ð3:30 p.m. – American Made

4-4:30 p.m. – Swan Brothers 2-man Circus

5Ð6 p.m. – Extreme hypnotist Barry Jones

SECOND STAGE

Wildlife Wendy – three shows

Noon-1 p.m. – Karate demo

2Ð5 p.m. – Used 2 B’s

FESTIVAL GROUNDS

10 a.m.Ð3 p.m. – Louie’s Ace Home Center’s Backyard Grillers Championship Set-up

11:30 a.m.-noon, 2:30Ð3 p.m. and 4-4:30 p.m.- Lights Camera Animals

Noon-1 p.m., 3Ð4 p.m. – Cook’s Racing Pigs

3-5 p.m. – Louie’s Ace Home Center’s Backyard Grillers Championship

ARENA

8 a.m.Ð2 p.m. – Lions Club Junior Rodeo

KIDS AREA

2-2:30 p.m. – Cantaloupe bowling

3:30Ð4 p.m. – Cantaloupe-eating Contest

DRY GULCH:

10 a.m. – Poultry judging

LIVESTOCK SHOW RING

Noon – Dairy cattle show

SOUTH ACCESS ROAD

11:30 a.m.Ð5 p.m. – Antique tractor show