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When the Nevada State Fair was held in Fallon in 1915 the townspeople built an enormous “palace” of hay bales at the intersection of Center and Maine Streets — Fallon is the only Nevada town to add the stately E to its big street’s name, after founder Warren Williams’ native state (there is a Williams Street too).1905 Fallon Nevada The roofless structure measured sixty feet square and its walls rose eighteen feet high. At night dances were held inside while the King and Queen of the fair presided on thrones of Fallon hay.

Churchill County Court House, Fallon Nevada

This was considerably more elegant than the Fourth of July celebration of 1911 when the town fathers hired a wrestler who gathered a crowd by lying down in the dirt of Maine Street and permitting his trainer to drive their car over his rigid body. He then climbed back up onto his feet, wiped the gravel off, and challenged all comers to wrestle.

Fallon had taken the county seat from Stillwater in 1902. A bank was established in 1908, and the intensive agricultural development began to pay satisfying dividends. Fallon’s Hearts O’ Gold cantaloupes graced the menus of fine hotels and restaurants in the biggest cities of the nation, and Fallon turkeys brought premium prices. The Cantaloupe Festival — now scheduled for August — is still a premiere annual event.

In June 1942 the Navy began construction of a small air station southeast of town, and Fallon’s economy pumped up. More recently the base has become the national Top Gun training school for fighter pilots, but because of security concerns the opportunity for an impromptu visit is no more.

Fallon goes about its business with an air of quiet satisfaction, an easy, amiable, tree-shaded town except for the acres of asphalt on the west side of town. Lodgings are easy to find, and all services are available.

Fallon doesn’t get the credit that it deserves for food. There are excellent Mexican, Italian, Fallon NevadaChinese, Barbecue, Vietnamese and Basque hotel-style restaurants in town, along with all the fastfood options.

Lulo Reinhart at the Oats Park Art Center, Fallon NevadaThe Oats Park Art Centeroccupies the 1914 Oats Park School, beautifully designed by Frederick DeLongchamps and brilliantly repurposed into art galleries and exhibit spaces, an Art Bar, Gift Shop and the 350-seat Barkely Theater. Indoor and outdoor events throughout the year.

Churchill County Museum, Fallon Nevada

The Churchill County Museum is on south Maine and admission to the 14,000 square feet of engaging exhibits is free. You’ll see a new exhibit on Native Americans, an antique fire truck and a thousand items in between, from lithic tools to a hand-pumped vacuum cleaner.

And if you come during the week when there’s nothing special going on, you are in for a treat — Fallon Livestocka few miles west of town holds its auctions on Tuesdays;Nevada Livestock Marketing, in town on the west side, does it on Wednesdays.

Stillwater, briefly and long ago the Churchill County seat, is headquarters for the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Reservation. Roundhouse Gallery owner Fortunate Eagle was the principal organizer of the 1969–71 Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. In 1973 he flew to Rome. Upon arrival, dressed in traditional style, he descended to the runway and planted his lance in the asphalt, claiming Italy for the American Indians by Right of Discovery.

The celebrated storyteller “Squaw Tom” Sanders lived near Fallon for many years, and is buried in the reservation cemetery at Stillwater.

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26 September 2021
Mont Bleu Lake Tahoe, 55 Hwy 50
Stateline, NV 89449 United States
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30th Annual OATBRAN – Ride Across Nevada

One Awesome Tour Bike Ride Across Nevada Day 1 - Participants will meet at the MontBleu Casino Resort & Spa in Stateline, Nevada on the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Riders will check-in and receive a Nevada Welcome packet, name badge, a custom ride jersey, event water bottle and more… We will share and […]

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30 September 2021
Churchill County Fairgrounds, 99 Sheckler Rd.
Fallon, NV 89406 United States
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Fastest Gun Alive World Championship – Fallon, NV

Want to know if you are the fastest draw in the West? Well partner, prove to everyone you are a bonafide sharpshooter at the 2021 Fastest Gun Alive World Championship held on the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, NV.

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