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Valley Home News 10-26-22
Winnie Mullins

A great night in Valley Home! Our Valley Home Fall Harvest Festival this past Saturday was filled with lots of fun, delicious foods, much laughter and many, many good times!

Neighbors, friends, families all enjoyed visiting, some who said they hadn’t seen each other for a very long time. The Harvest Festival is definitely a special time for our school and our community to come together, a time for enjoying old friendships, new friendships and being together in our beautiful Valley Home.

We send a huge thank you to all who donated or helped in any way to make this amazing night possible. You are very greatly appreciated!

We are very thankful for our Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Mike Victorino and K9 Slik Rik arrived just before Air 101 landed; the crowd rushed to see their heroes and say thank you to each. It was truly a wonderful night here in Valley Home!

During the evening Air 101 Pilot, Deputy Andrew Nikkel, Tactical Flight Officer Sgt. Craig Osmonson, Deputy Mike Victorino and K9 Officer Slik Rik visited with the enthusiastic crowd; it was a fantastic evening.

We were very blessed to have amazing help from our Oakdale High students. Hayven Smith and several of her hard-working classmates once again came and worked very hard all evening. We were thrilled to also have high school helpers from Escalon High and even college students helping make this night so special. We could not have done this without their help. We are very grateful for each of our wonderful helpers!

We would like to send a huge thank you to Sierra 4-H for the amazing Petting Zoo. Harvest Festival visitors were delighted by each of the beautiful animals the 4-Hers brought. The petting zoo had several different animals including sheep, goats, an adorable mini horse, a beautiful little calf, and many other wonderful animals for all to visit. We are very thankful to Sierra 4-H, Leaders, Members, Parents and all who helped set up and tend to these very special animals all evening. We appreciate each of you very, very much.

To Christina Barretto and her amazing family, our delicious Valley Home “Sweet Shoppe” bakers, we send a huge thank you. The crowd loved your delicious treats!

Folks definitely enjoyed the sno cones, cotton candy, and delicious hot buttery popcorn located right next to the delicious homemade pie stand. Once again, the tamales were amazing ... we are so thankful to this amazing family who works so hard to provide us with the absolute most delicious tamales.

We appreciate our community members who came to help and worked so hard, even on such a windy, windy day! To our hardworking Valley Home teachers, staff and school board members, we are so grateful to each of you. Your hard work is definitely going to enrich the lives of our Valley Home students. You all worked so hard to make our Fall Harvest Festival a wonderful success

So many wonderful people, doing so much: hauling hay bales, light banks, roping dummies, old carriages, pumpkins, cornstalk, setting up games , running contests, setting up the Haunted Hayride, driving tractor, bringing a beautiful bright yellow Peterbilt truck, Rice Harvester, John Deere truck, all those who made delicious homemade pies, entered our contests throughout the evening; those who donated all the wonderful items, those who bid, and those who came to just enjoy an evening of being together, you all made this evening very successful.

We offer a tremendous thank you to Van Groningen and Sons for the beautiful fall pumpkins; you helped so much to make our Harvest Festival very, very special!


Please remember Thursday, October 27 is our Fire Board Meeting. It is rescheduled from earlier this month and it will start at 10 am. It will be held at our Valley Home Station. Please consider coming ... it’s really important for us to attend.


Also please remember Monday, October 31 is our annual Valley Home School Halloween Parade. The parade starts at the school, goes past Susan’s General Store around the corner on to Michigan and back to the school. Along the route our students are excited and grateful to receive treats from community folks, the General Store and from our first responders. The parade begins at 11:30 am.


As always you may reach me by email at or by telephone at 209-985-5233. Until next time, “Happy Trails to All!”