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Valley Home News

Excitement in Valley Home ... This Saturday, October 17 our community will come together to celebrate another successful harvest season and raise much needed funds for our Valley Home School! The fun will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a huge Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins available to purchase ... included in the pumpkin patch area will be face painting, fall photos, pumpkin decorating and best carved pumpkin (pumpkins should be decorated and/or carved at home and brought to the festival before 5:15 p.m.) Cheers and applause will welcome the costume contest entries as they parade into the pumpkin patch area at 5:30 p.m.! Hoots and hollers will greet our pie eating contestants as they compete to finish their whip cream and pudding filled pie first. Our rich agricultural history in Valley Home will be celebrated as contestants race to drink a mug of ice cold milk ... it will be fun to see who wins!

The biggest pumpkin will be named at 7:30 p.m. along with all other contest winners. This year we are inviting everyone to build a scarecrow and bring it to the school before 5 pm. on Saturday ... instead of judging from the road at your residence as in the past years, the scarecrows will be judged during the festival with winners being named at 7:30 p.m. If you would like your address published in the VH News please include it along with your name when entering in on Saturday. Our community has enjoyed driving by scarecrow entries, seeing the charming fall scarecrow scenes for the past 15 years! What a great place to live.

A delightful Silent Auction will beckon bidders to bid on an array of class baskets, fall treats along with tons of other eye catching items. Come and enjoy!

Delicious tri-tip sandwiches, fire roasted linguica, cold drinks and lots more will be available to festival goers! Fall treats such as pumpkin pie, candy apples, cookies, lollipops, pumpkin bread and much more will tempt those looking for something sweet and yummy!

Tons of games, even an obstacle course will invite everyone to have a great time. Once again we will feel the excitement as the Lopes magnificent blue pull truck roars into action during the evening. What great fun!

Starting at 6:30 p.m. the thrills and chills of the Haunted Hayride will be felt as zombies overtake innocent hay ride participants who dare to climb on this scary journey through haunted Creepville. Be sure to be there!

Adding to the fun of the evening will be the K-9 officers from our Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department. Students can hardly wait. No evening would be complete without the big, shiny red engine from our Fire Department!

Everyone is invited to come enjoy a wonderful fall evening among neighbors, friends and family while supporting Valley Home School!


Last Thursday Stanislaus County presented an evening full of information on our current and future water situation. Among the important topics covered was a program (completely free) for getting water to your home if your well goes dry. This program will provide water and a water tank on your property for up to one year. More information can be had by calling Supervisor Bill O’Brien’s office.


Remember our school fall pie fundraiser starts tomorrow. Let’s support our students by purchasing one or more of these delicious family size treats!



As always you can reach me at (209) 985-5233 or email at Until next time “Happy Trails to All!”