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    The Hearts Of Gold Fallon Cantaloupe Festival celebrates one of the best known local produce, the Heart of Gold variety cantaloupe; this local festival features live music, dancing, shows, a festival queen, and of course, cantaloupe tastings. This festival takes place in late August.

    Burning Man is an unusual counterculture-art-temporary community-self expression-festival event held in the Black Rock Desert, at Black Rock City, a recurring city-campsite about four hours north of Fallon. The event features a variety of art displays-shows-expressions, including mutant vehicles, art gifting, art burning, art bikes, a "Temple" burning, and the Burning Man himself. Attending requires planning; check the Burning Man website for details. This is a one-week event from the last Monday of August to the first Monday in September (Labor Day).

    The Churchill County Fair is held in early August, and has a rodeo, livestock exhibits, displays, demos, live shows, 4-H projects, food and product vendors, an antique tractor show, a cute little cowboy and cowgirl contest, and a combination Dutch oven cooking competition and Civil War battle reenactment.

    Fallon Fights - Rural Rumble - Catch boxing matches at the Churchill County fairgrounds every summer.

    Oats Park Art Center - After 13 years and a 5.5 million dollar renovation, a former Fallon elementary school designed by famous Reno architect Frederick DeLongchamps has blossomed into a state of the art performance center featuring a vintage bar, world-class musicians, and all sorts of local paintings and sculptures are on display.

    World Cowboy Quick Draw Championships - Modern-day cowboys shoot blanks and wax bullets to highlight the best of the Old West in this old fashioned competition. Competitors use replica Colt Peacemakers (with no modifications, of course) to show off their shooting skills.

    Nevada Day is the largest celebration of a state becoming a state in the country, complete with parades, hot air balloon rides, marching bands and a variety of entertainment starting with a military aircraft flyover, celebrated on the last Saturday of October. The Eldorado Great Italian Festival is another huge celebration in Reno, held over Columbus Day weekend, with events such as a sauce cook-off, Grape Stomp, wine tasting, and Bocce ball tournament. The Great Reno Balloon Race is the world's largest free hot air balloon race where hundreds of colorful and different shaped balloons are released at sunrise for an awesome sight. The National Automobile Museum offers over 200 cars complete with displays to showcase the cars in their authentic backgrounds and has been called "One of America's Five Greatest Auto Museums".

    With many festivals to choose from, something is almost always happening in Sparks. Hot August Nights revives the 1950s and 60s with classic car shows and concerts of the same generation's music in a huge celebration in Victorian Square. Visitors can celebrate the end of summer with the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off, a fun family event where more than 20 contestants from all over the world compete to make the best ribs. The Sparks Heritage Museum has vintage artifacts from Northern Nevada on display, including a steam locomotive and a restored one-room schoolhouse. The museum puts on the Western Heritage Festival each year in Victorian Square to showcase traditional Nevada arts such as basket-weaving, saddle-making, and square dancing.