Fallon readies for annual harvest celebration

 By Kay Braddock

Preparations for Fallon’s popular harvest festival are underway and with the cooperation of weather conditions organizers are anticipating another breakout year. 
Last year’s crowd drew in over 600 people for lunch and 300 for supper, according to organizer Delite Dukart, calling the turnout “absolutely unreal.”
“It was one of the bigger crowds that we’ve had,” Dukart said.
Volunteers from Fallon’s Village Council and homemaker clubs will serve meals from the community’s food shack, allowing attendees to enjoy a picnic-style lunch. Tables will line Fallon’s central location along Secondary Highway 340, which serves as Fallon’s main street and is near where most of the day’s activities will take place. 
Few may know the exact date of the beginning of the annual tradition hosted by the small community of Fallon, but Dukart estimates the celebration began over 50 years ago, with few years missing the tradition since then. 
This year’s festival, set for September 6 – the customary Labor Day Sunday - will include the classic activities crowds have come to enjoy beginning with a 9 a.m. ranch horse cutting contest.  The event is limited to 20 contestants and has over $500 added purse, Dukart noted. It will be followed by the Bloomin’ Prairie Parade which begins at 11 a.m. Entrants are asked to pre-register at Huber Enterprises to allow for category selection and easier judging. 
“Every kid that’s in the parade gets a prize regardless,” Dukart said, noting prizes range from treats to cash.
Games for children and adults will begin at 1:30 p.m. Past popular games have included potato sack races and water balloon tosses. A single elimination horseshoe tournament will also be offered.
An evening street dance will complete the day’s events with a performance by the band Whiskey River.
Published August 29, 2009

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