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Valley Home News for July 20, 2011
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This word just in from the Stanislaus County Fair: Valley Home’s Garret Bryhni won Supreme Champion Hog beating out over 400 pigs!  He’s now looking for buyers and really needs some help. All of Valley Home is so excited and proud of him. Valley Home residents are anxiously awaiting word of further results of our 4-H’ers who are participating in the county fair. Thus far, other than the word on Garret, we have not received judging results and will include them in next week’s column.
It seems that our Valley Home News column that I sent in for last week apparently became lost in Cyber Space and I apologize to my readers for it not appearing. Lisa Jones shared information with us that her children were appearing in the Portuguese Festa Parade in Oakdale on Sunday, with daughter Megan as the Queen, Mickala and Yasmin as Side Maids and Maddie and Megan as the banner carriers. The girls look so pretty in their gowns and enjoy waving to their friends in passing.
The Valley Home MAC will hold its quarterly meeting tonight, at 6:30 p.m. at the Valley Home Community Park.
Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend Neighborhood Watch National Night Out, which will be celebrated by the San Joaquin and Valley Home groups on Tuesday evening, August 2nd. Those attending the meeting are invited to bring their favorite food dishes to share. The event will be held at the Valley Home Park from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Paper plates, cups, silverware and napkins will be supplied by the San Joaquin group and Valley Home members will provide ice cold bottled water. It is on Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson’s schedule to be on hand for the event, but the time is not definite. San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department will also have a representative attending.
Glenn Burghardt, president of the Oak Valley Art Society reminds us to be sure and mark your calendar and plan to attend the “Art in the Park” event being hosted by members of the Oak Valley Art Society on Sunday, August 7th. This is a festival of painting demonstrations, art display and sales of original works of art. Admission is free to the event, which is located at 7948 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto (corner of Geer Road & Yosemite Ave.) Bring a picnic lunch, and enjoy watching our Society members as they paint. Enjoy an afternoon of watching our members create beautiful works of art before your eyes!
Valley Home resident Mike Jerome who operates JFC Catering which served the fantastic sandwiches and salads at the Valley Home Community Center Park dedication last month shares an exciting assignment he enjoyed on the Fourth of July weekend, where he catered a section of the “Best Show Harvest Spectacular” at Woodland. The show wasn’t all about horsepower as there was a lot of interest in mule-power as well and that is what I want to pass on to our readers.
More than four tractor clubs brought their historic farm equipment and featured demonstrations including binding, plowing and threshing, but the attraction that related most to Thalheim/Valley Home’s history were the demonstrations by the 30-Mule team 1905 Holt Bros. Harvester reported to be the only working one of its type in the nation. Typically, these large numbered teams work together all season getting used to each other and as a result are easier to control.
This time they only had a week together, but got better each day. Each mule must be hitched correctly to distribute the harvester load evenly. The Holt Bros. type of harvester was invented in the greater Stockton area so the viewing of the 30-Mule team pulling the harvester was a snap shot of the past.
Mike tells us that the whole three-day show sponsored by the Golden State Farm Education Center, with plowing, harvesting and other exhibitions was special and unique and will run again next year.