One of Nevada’s longest-running agriculture festivals has enlisted in a current Western Nevada College student and an alumna to preside over the event for the next year.
WNC alumna Patricia Pruit and current WNC student Hunter Drost were selected queen and king, respectively, for the Sept. 2-5 Fallon Cantaloupe Festival & County Fair.
For the 2016-17 season, Drost and Pruit are responsible for promoting the 32-year-old festival, as well as marketing the event through radio and TV interviews and print advertising.
The taste for Fallon-grown cantaloupes began in the early 1900s and reached the height of popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, when the savory fruit was coveted by folks living as far away as the East Coast. To celebrate this rich and tasty history, Fallon started a cantaloupe festival in 1985.