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Valley Home News for October 19, 2011

POSTED October 18, 2011 9:23 p.m.

Attendance was high on Saturday for the Valley Home PTC sponsored Harvest Festival. There was lots to see and do for the attending crowd. It was wonderful to see so many smiles on our children’s faces as they played football toss, bobbed for donuts, raced tricycles, got their faces painted, tried their hand at dropping clothespins into a milk bottle, a lollipop pull and the excitement of being a lucky winner in the cake walk and more! The Cogburn family left many visitors with chills and thrills after visiting their spooky haunted house!
Visitors to the activities held inside the gym, there was a lot of competitive bidding at the silent auction tables and at the end of the night. There were a lot of interesting items to bid on, something for everyone and bidding was busy.
With so much to see and do attendees appetites were fueled again this year with delicious food courtesy of the Betschart family and enjoyed at tables decorated with Autumn leaves.
Winners of the costume contest were Jason Martinho receiving the 1st Place Award for his Jason the Pirate costume, 2nd place went to Kenzie the Zombie Princess and 3rd place went to Winnie the Witch. It was so nice to see so many in costume this year, they all looked great!
The pumpkin contest winners were Drew DeCoteau for Giant Pumpkin, weighing in at 237 pounds! Winner of the Strangest Shaped Pumpkin was Tyler Furtado. The Most Perfect Pumpkin award went to Wyatt Wucherer. The Best Carved Pumpkin award went to Emma Derrough. The Best Decorated Pumpkin award went to Mikala Jones.
The Scarecrow Contest winners for the Country category were 1st place, Ryan Wells and family, 2nd place Megan High and 3rd place Callie Christman. Most Original Scarecrow contest winners were 1st place Anika Gessele and family and 2nd place to Wyatt, Emma and Mary Beth. The Betschart family won 1st place with the Tallest Scarecrow.
A special thank you to our community judges who participated this year, we appreciate your involvement. This successful event would not have been possible without the support of all the businesses and donors, community members, parents, students and staff. A special thank you to Michelle McKenzie, Chairperson of the Harvest Festival, for her dedication and efforts again this year. Our students will benefit immediately from the success of the Harvest Festival as the PTC is funding the field trip this Wednesday, October 19, at Oakdale High School’s performance of “A Pirate’s Life for Me.”
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How nice to receive the news that the Valley Home 4-H fundraiser held on Saturday, October 8th at Tractor Supply was a great success. They had a Bake Sale, Tri-Tip Sandwich with Portuguese Beans and Soda and Pumpkin Patch. The club raised $1,152. A big hand to all who helped with this fundraiser and everyone who supported it. Great job to Christina and Ashley Barreto who headed up this great fundraiser! We would especially like to thank Save Mart and Alan Borba in the Meat Department, Cost Less Grocery Store and Burt McCleandon for donating the drinks, Yosemite Farm Credit and Tammy Coehlo for donating paper products, Wonder Bread and Angie, Van Pumpkins and Gourds and Eva Matos for donating the delicious Portuguese Beans.
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On October 8th and October 15th, Valley Home resident Tyler Barretos’ City of Oakdale Flag Football team won their game.
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Our Valley Home Community Park will be crawling with creepy creatures and scary monsters on Saturday, October 29. This fun event is being sponsored by the Valley Home 4-H. It is free to enjoy the festivities, but a donation of a canned good or goods would be appreciated. The 4-H will be putting the donations in Thanksgiving baskets. All the details will be in next week’s column.
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Jenna Heaton just returned from a week at the Junior Grand Nationals at the Cow Palace where she showed her Meat Goats. Jenna was very excited to win Champion Market Goat with her goat, Stanley!
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Amanda Monschein and her dad, Mike enjoyed a wonderful evening of beautiful music at the Symphony in San Francisco this past week.

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