Rain certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of everyone attending the Valley Home Harvest Festivities on Saturday afternoon. There was lots to see and do at the Festival. Excitement ran high at the pumpkin judging booth with pumpkins of all sizes and shapes on display. The five pumpkin contests were coordinated by Jenna Heaton and Valley Home 4-H and sponsored by Mid Valley Agriculture Services. First place in the Giant Pumpkin went to Angel Soto for her monster entry which weighed in at 132 1/2 lbs after cleaning out insides. Alexis Halsey’s 125 lb. beauty placed second, with Cody Bartholomew placing third with a 61 lb. entry. Winners of the carved, perfect, decorated and weird pumpkins were not received by your reporter. We have some super pumpkin growers here in our community!
Inside the building attendees were given an opportunity to peruse three long tables laden on both sides with interesting items to bid on in the Silent Auction. Among the items displayed were two cages of fancy show chickens, a pair of beautiful Cockatiels and a large rabbit.
Along one wall and on the bleachers, was a display of Amazing Class Baskets and other items to bid for. There was certainly something for everyone at those booths! Each class had their own display of goodies, starting with Mrs. Rathbun’s Kindergarten students, Miss Vuyoviches 1st graders, Ms. Davis 2nd grade, Mrs. Moore’s 3rd grade, Mrs. Cole’s 4th & 5th, Mr. Trunnel 5th & 6th and Mr. Reid, 7 & 8th.
One of the most popular booths in the room was the food concession where one could purchase a delicious meal prepared and served by Gina of Ferrarese’s Deli and her family. The food was eaten and enjoyed at tables decorated with Fall décor.
Stepping outside the building, visitors could try their hand at “roping” wooden cattle figures, creating string art, visiting 4-H animal displays or visiting the “Haunted House” which was built by the Cogburn family and sponsored by the Chrisman family. There were lots of spooky noises heard coming from within the Haunted House, which proved to be a popular place to visit!
Special plaudits to all who worked so hard to make the event so nice and fun for all who attended!
Still more fun and excitement coming up on the calendar for Valley Home residents! You will want to mark your calendars and plan to attend a special fundraising event coming up on November 13th. It is a Huge Community Yard Sale sponsored by our Valley Home 4-H to be held on that date from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Valley Home School. Booth space will be 16x16, and you must bring your own tables. No electricity is available. Booth fee for Valley Home 4-H members is $20 and non refundable. Booth space for community members is priced at $30 per space. Set-up time is 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on November 13th with take down from 4-6 p.m. that same day.
Please register for booth space by November 1st by calling Garrett or Kathy at 847-2962. No food or drinks can be sold in any booth! 4-H will have refreshments available.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reports that several Valley Home residents have reported that they have noticed in the last couple of weeks that a man maybe 6’ tall with goatee is walking and cruising the Valley Home neighborhood in a white 1980’s model car in the morning hours. The suspicious vehicle has followed them for a period of time and each time has left the area by traveling northwest along Valley Home Road towards the San Joaquin County line.
In another incident, in the center of Valley Home on the afternoon of October 15th that is maybe related or maybe not related, a young woman interrupted two men who were burglarizing her home and was hit with a wrench several times as the men fled the scene.
All residents are urged to be alert, to be careful and to report suspicious activity to the sheriff’s department.