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Tickets are still available for this year’s opening group for the Fallon Cantaloupe Festival and Country Fair, Love and Theft, who will play on Sept. 2.

General admission is $25, and VIP tickets are $45 for the country group that swept the music world seven years ago with their top 10 hit, “Runaway.” Tickets may purchased online at http://falloncantaloupefestival.tix.com, or for general admission at Fallon Ford-Toyota and CC Communications.

All additional information is available on the festival’s website, falloncantaloupefestival.com or its Facebook page, Fallon Cantaloupe Festival & Country Fair.

Robyn Jordan, marketing director for the Fallon Cantaloupe Festival, said the VIP package includes a weekend pass to the festival, two drink tokens and admittance to the VIP tent.

Rachel Steele and Road 88 and Stephen Christie and Kyle Rothchild will open for Love and Theft. Gates open at the Churchill County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m., and Love and Theft performs at 8 p.m.

FORT CHURCHILL EVENTS

Fort Churchill State Historic Park is offering a variety of family-friendly, ranger-led programs during the month of August.

Programs highlight the area’s rich history and abundant natural resources.

Starry, Starry Night

Experience the awesome night sky over Fort Churchill State Historic Park on Aug. 6 from 6:30-9:45 p.m.

Enjoy a tour of the celestial neighborhood while talking about the night sky as a remarkable natural resource to be celebrated, protected, and enjoyed. Please dress for the weather. Red lights are encouraged.

Family Campfire Program

Join park staff for a celebration of the quintessential campfire treat on Aug. 10 from 7-8 p.m. Whether you are a s’more connoisseur or have never tried the deliciously gooey combination of chocolate, graham crackers and toasted marshmallows, National S’mores Day is for you.

The park will provide the fixings.

Junior Ranger Program

Calling all kids to Fort Churchill. Come and explore the rich history and natural wonders found in and around Fort Churchill State Historic Park on Aug. 13 from 2-3:30 p.m.

A variety of activities, crafts, and short hikes will be part of the fun. Please bring plenty of water, sun protection and wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. Cameras, binoculars and insect repellant are also encouraged.

Coffee with a Ranger

Bring your favorite mug and join a ranger on Aug. 14 or Aug. 28 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for some early morning conversation.

Ask questions, learn about the park, share your experiences and make new friends.

History Hike

Join a park interpreter for a short hike (less than 1 mile) around historic Fort Churchill on Aug. 21 at 10 a.m.. See the fort ruins, learn about the early history of the area and hear stories about daily life at a frontier fort.

Meet at the Fort Churchill museum.

Bring plenty of water, sun protection, and wear comfortable close-toed shoes. Cameras, binoculars, and insect repellent are also encouraged.

Trail Mixer

Happy National Trail Mix Day! Celebrate this day on Aug. 31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on a trail enjoying a tasty trail mix.

Visit Fort Churchill for an evening program that includes a MYOM (Make Your Own Mix) session and a short hike around the park to trail-test our concoctions. The park will provide the fixings.

Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, bring plenty of water and a flashlight.

Park entrance fees apply at $5 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $ per vehicle for out-of-state visitors (cash or check only). There is no additional cost to participate in the programs.

Fort Churchill is located 8 miles south of the Highway 95A/Highway 50 intersection on highway 95A at 10000 Highway 95A, Silver Springs.

REUNION MUSEUM EXHIBIT

Are you celebrating a Churchill County High School reunion? Here’s an exhibit you’ll enjoy at Churchill County Museum & Archives

On display now through Sept. 1 are photos of Churchill County High School graduates wrapping the walls and honoring seniors from 1947 to 1984. Rediscover faces of friends from the past, appreciate experiences you’ve enjoyed and the wisdom you’ve acquired. Admission is free. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 775-423-3677 for further information.

SAFARI-THEMED EXHIBITIONS

The spirit of adventure lives at the Wilbur D. May Museum at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park this fall with the opening of two new safari-themed exhibitions from Aug. 6-Oct. 20.

See the world through the eyes of pioneering explorers who documented disappearing landscapes, wildlife, and cultures of remote areas of the world in the early 20th century – leaving an important source of ethnological and zoological material for researchers of today.

“Married to Adventure” tells the story of Martin and Osa Johnson — daring naturalists, filmmakers, photographers, explorers, and American heroes of the 1910s-1930s.

The Johnsons brought the adventure and fascination of far-away lands into the homes of millions of Americans with their sold-out movies, books, and lectures.

Together, Martin and Osa escaped cannibals in the South Pacific, filmed wild animals in Africa, and more.

Osa Johnson was a role model for women everywhere as she published books, hosted her own wildlife series for television, and even designed her own line of safari clothes for women!

This fascinating exhibition is on loan from the Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas and features more than 100 original photographs, movie posters, and artifacts that capture the romance and adventure that characterized Martin and Osa’s life together.

“On Safari” comes from the May Museum archives and features never-before-seen photographs and artifacts from Wilbur May’s first African safari in 1929. At the age of 30, Wilbur traveled to Africa alongside famed hunter and guide Sir Denys Finch Hatton (portrayed by Robert Redford in the film Out of Africa). Wilbur documented the months-long expedition in photographs of the people, places, and animals of the countries he visited.