Attendees at the Home and Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, weren't deterred by the rain, or lightning, or wind - instead they enjoyed themselves, shopping, munching, and playing Chicken Poo Bingo. The show was sponsored by Soroptimist International (SI) of Fallon, an organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in the community.
Vendors such as Workman Farms, Lattin Farms, Stampede Photography, Desert Owl Crafts, Sierra Enterprises, Western Nevada College (WNC), Churchill County Museum, Seacret Spa Products, Quality First Home Improvement, Susan's Homemade Aprons-Bags-Gifts, Argenta Phantom Screens, the Churchill Community Coalition, Parkside Bible Fellowship, and a host of others had plenty to offer those strolling through the Convention Center over the weekend.
The Churchill County 4-H Poultry Club had their flamboyant flock on display, hens, and roosters in an array of styles and colors. And, these chickens had mad skills too - bingo skills that is. Multiple games were scratched off during which attendees could buy game squares drawn on a tabletop for $1 each. The chickens would then scratch around on the table, corralled by the club kids to keep them from going off the table. The prize money, a 50-50 split of the chicken pot, was awarded to the owner of the square that was pooped on, with some bounce and roll factored in at times.
Stephanie Alexander, President of SI Fallon said, “I think for one of the first events since the restrictions lifted, we did pretty well and had a nice turnout. We hung in there, even with last-minute cancellations, and the mini weather storm and power outage.” Marcia Vinson, Home, and Garden Show Chairwoman agreed, saying, “This was a far different home show than we have had in the past but it was still enjoyed by all that attended. Many commented that they were so happy that the Home & Garden show was back and that it was a sign of things getting back to normal. We made it through the rain, wind, and an electricity outage with everyone pitching in and helping each other.” She would know about the differences too, as she's been chairing this event for 20 years now, since its inception.
SI of Fallon raffled off a dozen or more prizes, some donated by the show vendors and others by Soroptimist members. The prizes included an indoor smoker, a stained-glass style teapot lamp, note cards, chicken cutting board, gardening basket, Seacret personal care products, and a handmade mini-quilt. The grand prize in this lot, a shiny new wheelbarrow donated by Louie's ACE Home Center filled with gardening goodies donated by Soroptimist members, was won by Diane Harl. The outdoor redwood table and chair set, made by a local woodworker that SI of Fallon raffled off on its own, was won by Mandie Koeckes. They also raffled off a $500 Visa Gas Card, won by Bob Palmero. Alexander expressed her appreciation and said, “Thank you to all our vendors and community members who came out to support us and our cause.”
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