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The arrival of the fall season heralds the arrival of one of Valley Home’s most enjoyable activities. Excitement has been building as our community readies for one of our most anticipated fun filled festivals. The Valley Home Parent Teacher Club proudly presents their annual Harvest Festival this coming Saturday, October 15th from 4-7 p.m. at the Pioneer Avenue campus. Come out to support our school’s largest fundraiser with a fun event designed for enjoyment by the entire family! The event promises an afternoon and early evening of fun and food for everyone. There will be games for all ages and even a Spooky Haunted House. Food and drinks will be provided by Ferrarese’s Deli to delight the taste buds of all attending the Festival. We are told that there will be a huge selection of auction items to peruse and if you are one of the lucky winning bidders a great item to take home with you. To add to the evening’s excitement, we are told that each class has put together a great “class basket” for the Silent Auction, you won’t want to miss these!

Our Annual Community Scarecrow contest entries are due by today, October 12th. If you haven’t picked up an entry form, you can still pick one up and drop it off today. You can drop by the Valley Home Store and pick one up, fill it out and turn it in before the end of the day. Remember that scarecrows MUST be visible by the roadside and completed on or before October 12, as judging will be done on 10/13-10/14. Winners will be announced at the Festival.

No Halloween Festival would be complete without a costume contest, so come dressed as your best! This activity is always a fun part of the evening for young and old alike. For those attending the festivities, who are young of heart, don’t be left out, get in the spirit of the evening and wear a costume and join in the fun! Be a kid again and have a great evening!

The Harvest Festival activities offer fun for everyone young and old. Bring a pumpkin that is decorated, carved, perfect or strangest shaped to enter in the contest! Last year’s Festival brought out some beautiful examples of what we can grow here in Valley Home.

Game tickets will be available for purchase priced at 50 cents each or you may want to purchase a $5 wristband, a real inexpensive way to have a great time with your family as you help support education for our children. Funds raised from the Harvest Festival will allow our entire student body to attend a Visual Arts performance at Oakdale High School.

Manning the 4-H booth this year will be Sean Haynes and daughter, Sierra.


We all wish Kathy Bryhni and Victoria Dickens Happy Birthday this month.


Glenn has reported to me that Joe Perez has resigned his position on the Valley Home Community Center Park Committee effective October 7, 2011 due to health and personal life. We are saddened by this news and wish to thank him for what he has accomplished.

This leaves but two members of the Valley Home Community Center/Park – Glenn Burghardt who recently has been holding the positions of secretary and treasurer since the earlier resignation of the treasurer, in addition to Roger Beymer. Please give some serious thought to our new park and see if you are willing to join the board to help with the Valley Home’s Community Park. It is a community park for all the residents of Valley Home.


The Valley Home 4-H also had a very successful and fun weekend recently at the Tractor Supply in Oakdale. They had a tri-tip fundraiser as well as a bake sale and pumpkin patch. All involved had a great time and everything sold out. Great job plaudits go to Christina and Ashley Barreto who headed up this great fundraiser.


Now, for another recent incident at the park that we cannot understand. The large halogen lighting fixtures were broken by vandals early last week. These are costly and will not be replaced until funds become available. It is to be remembered that the funds for this park came from residents at two fundraisers and lots of volunteer hours. Why does someone do this?  Remember, it is your park!