Fall Fest today in Gardnerville

Little girl cuddles with a scarecrow during the scarecrow making event at last year's Fall Festival in Gardnerville.

Little girl cuddles with a scarecrow during the scarecrow making event at last year's Fall Festival in Gardnerville.
Shirley Yvonne Fraser | East Fork Gallery


The East Fork Gallery is scaring up stuffing for its 37th annual Scarecrow event as part of the annual Slaughterhouse Lane Coffin Races and Fall Festival.

The Record-Courier has been supplying the group with newspapers since 1985, and this year was no exception. Organizers collect used clothing and create kits for people to purchase.

The artists also make a few scarecrows on their own, which go on display and are sold over the course of the year.

While the scarecrows are close to The R-C’s heart, the Coffin Races are the centerpiece of the Main Street Gardnerville event, which began in 2015.

“CV Flyte has been talking some mad smack about winning the Coffin Races with their rig the “CV Flyte - Flyte crew,” Main Street Director Jen Nalder said. “Right now, we have six coffin teams registered.”

Members of E. Clampus Vitus are working on a new coffin, she said.

“They must not have gotten the memo that I was part of a three-peat winning team for 2017, 2018, and 2019, and also will be building a coffin. I can’t wait to see how this plays out on Slaughterhouse Lane,” Nalder said. “Heritage Park Gardens, which brought the coffins and scarecrows together, will be hosting Critters in the Corn, Scavenger Hunt, a Pumpkin Raffle, and Ghost Pops, plus all of their garden goodies the Rock Painting group has been working on will be on sale for donation to help raise funds for the Gardens.”

Carson Valley FFA will return to the event with their petting zoo.

Coordinating the line-up will be Monique De Haviland thanks to a grant from the Cultural Arts Foundation of Douglas County.

In addition to De Haviland’s own Moxy Ruckus, the Scarlet Verbs, False Rhythm Reggae, Miki Rae, Jakota Wass, and NV Order 66 will be performing.

Nalder said performers from Dance Workshop, All About Dance and Aerial Arts, the Basquitos - Basque Dancers, and Northwest Martial Arts will be performing.

Main Street Fall Fest is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Park in Gardnerville. Information,



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