Pahrump Fall Festival Turns 54 Years Old
Pahrump Fall Festival Turns 54 Years Old
On September 27 through September 30, 2018, the Pahrump Fall Festival will take place. What started out as a group of local farmers gathering in a vacant field to celebrate the harvest, has become a full-blown festival full of tradition with a few modern events thrown in. At the end of September every year, the community joins together to have some fun, acknowledge the end of summer, and continue to celebrate the harvest. This will be the 54th year for the Pahrump Fall Festival.
The first one took place in an open lot where the participants parked their cars in a circle and used the headlights to light up the area after the sunset. It was called the Pahrump Valley Harvest Festival and Fair and began because of one woman, Charlotte Floyd’s idea. Charlotte presented that idea to the town board, and they agreed. She suggested bringing the locals together for a celebration of the harvest. The rest, as they say, is history.
It started with humble beginnings with about 150 people attending made up of farmers and their families and friends. They had games for adults and kids and shared a potluck meal to accompany the side of barbecued beef which had been donated by a local resident.
Over the next few years it grew, and today it’s a major annual event of the town with thousands of attendees from around the Pahrump Valley and Las Vegas areas. It’s now called the Pahrump Fall Festival and takes place in Petrack Park and the McCullough Arena on the corner of Basin and Highway 160.
Traditional events will still be there!
What would a fair be without rodeo activities and animals? Some of the traditional events include:
- A town parade with marching groups, floats, and horses
- Rodeo events such as barrel racing, various roping competitions, and bull riding
- Other contests include mutton busting, greased pig contests, and sheep scrambles
- Games include pie eating, musical chairs, watermelon eating, and an egg toss
- Arts and craft exhibits will be displayed in the Bob Ruud Center
- Food and horticulture exhibits will be available too
- K9 demos will take place on the stage
- 4H displays will be on the fairgrounds
- A classic car show will present cars of yesterday
- And of course, the carnival will offer games and rides
What are some of the changes?
The theme of the festival this year is Modern Country with Attitude. So, a few new events were brought in to modernize things along with keeping the traditional western style. Some of these items include:
- Mega truck performances
- Pit parties where you can ride a Paddy Wagon and meet the drivers
- OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) races
- Pahrump Valley 4 Wheeler vehicle/truck show
- Freestyle Moto-X demonstrations where motocross motorcycle riders perform daring stunts and jumps far above the arena
Booths and Entertainment
There will be 150 booths this year offering everything from Artwork to Zebra toys. This includes food vendors of all varieties, handmade jewelry, clothes, wood carvings, artwork made from various materials, hats of different styles, home goods, beauty treatments, and lots more. It’s a great place to pick up gifts for the whole family and yourself. Also, you won’t go away hungry.
Some of the political candidates will be there too, so you can talk with them and ask them questions to find out where they stand on the issues.
In addition to touring through the many vendor offerings, you’ll be entertained by numerous musical groups on the main stage. These performers include:
- Pahrump High School Band
- Dan Schinhofen Band
- 360 Band
- Mockin’ Rockers
- Sine Wave
- Dean West Band
- Nearly Departed
- Mike Hicky Band
- Randy Anderson
- Breakin' Out Band
- Rafter G Band
- The Cover Up
There will also be flame dancers along with several award presentations on stage. A complete list of activities, prices, and times can be found on the Chamber’s website at http://pahrumpchamber.com/fall-festival/ under events.
Of course, one of the most enjoyable parts of a festival is people watching. Enjoy the look on children’s faces as they taste cotton candy for the first time, experience a Ferris wheel ride, or win a stuffed animal at the arcade. Watch the reactions of the crowd as they witness the motocross riders doing unbelievable stunts with their motorcycles high in the air and the bull riders hanging on for dear life so as not to hit the ground before their time is up.
It’s an exciting time for the young and those who are still young at heart. It’s a weekend that can be enjoyed by the entire community as there’s something for everyone. Become a part of it. Help the town celebrate the harvest and bring in the fall season. Bring your family and friends for a weekend packed with fun.