The Fallon Festival Association is excited to announce the merging of the Fallon Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe Festival and the Churchill County Country Fair into one great event
Coming this Labor Day, September 4-7, 2015!
“A premier event for the entire family promoting the Fallon area, celebrating our agricultural past and present, showcasing local talent, and supporting Nevada business,” the Fallon Cantaloupe Festival & Country Fair promises to be a weekend you won’t want to miss.
Activities include live entertainment throughout the weekend, fair exhibits, children’s activities, a variety of shopping vendors, 4-H club demonstrations and displays, Lion’s Club Labor Day Parade and Jr. Rodeo, and don’t forget about the farmer’s market, featuring the tasty Hearts of Gold cantaloupe!
Be sure to mark your calendars for a weekend in Fallon this coming Labor Day!
Some Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe History
O.J. Vannoy was the first to grow the Hearts of Gold cantaloupe variety in the Fallon area in 1911. They were grown here in abundance in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
The Hearts Of Gold variety finds its origins in Benton Harbor, Michigan; according to the 1937 publication “Vegetables of New York,” Roland Morrill crossed the Osage melon with the Netted Gem melon in 1890. It took Morrill a period of time to stabilize the new variety coined ‘Hearts of Gold,’ and he was granted a trademark for the melon on December 15, 1914.
Rick Lattin with Lattin Farms in Fallon, Nevada said that his family has been growing Hearts of Gold since the 1950’s. According to Lattin, Nevada’s Hearts of Gold market crashed early in the century when California farmers grew hybrid varieties that stood up better to shipping. A few families kept the variety alive in northern Nevada though, including the Lattins.