The free annual event not only draws people from Castle Valley and Moab but also from other parts of the country who have come to make this annual trip as they come to celebrate the beauty and versatility of hard-shelled gourds and gourd art.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where vendors display and sell their gourd art. The event also includes displays of raw gourds, a kids booth, a hands-on booth, demonstrations, a silent auction, a gourd gallery, music, face painting, a puppet show and fortune telling.
A tractor parade is also part of the festivities but Faylene Roth, the parade organizer, also welcomes all those who would like to show off their vintage cars or gourd walkers, big and small to participate in the parade by wearing a funny gourd hat or other gourd items of their own creation. The parade participants will meet at the LDS Church parking lot next door to the Town Hall and the parade will begin promptly at noon.
A potluck lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Festival organizers ask that people bring a favorite dish to share and their own plates and utensils if possible. The festival awards ceremony takes place at 2:30 p.m. and take-down and clean up will begin at 3 p.m. Weather is always a concern but the forecast looks promising for a beautiful day next Saturday.
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There is still time to sign up to serve your community as an emergency medical first responder here in Castle Valley. The 60-hour EMR course, presented by the Grand County Emergency Medical Services, will begin November 4 and the classes will be held every Monday and Thursday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the town hall in Castle Valley. There will be a week break around Thanksgiving and a two-week break around the Christmas holiday.
After successful completion of the course, the students will be certified as a medical first responder and will have the opportunity to serve on the EMR team, which will be formed in the valley to respond to medical emergencies and render assistance until higher level EMTs arrive from Moab. A surplus Grand County Ambulance will be staged in the valley to hold medical supplies and get a patient out of extreme weather if necessary but will not be used to transport patients. To sign up or get additional information, contact Grand County Emergency Medical Services Assistant Director Paula Dunham at 435-259-8901 or me at 259-8588.
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Thirty-five years ago this week, “Castle Valley Comments” reported that the weather was turning cooler and the residents were preparing for winter, just as they are this year. Many of the residents had successful gardens that year and the women of the valley were helping each other bottle fruit and vegetables. The community at that time consisted of about 20 houses and 10 mobile homes.
The column reported on the marriage of Guy Officer and Robyn Stucki, which took place in the Manti Temple; and six babies were born to valley women with a short period of time. They included Mary Cluff, a girl; Lucia Emmons, a boy; JoAnna Ehlers, a girl; Marie Duncan, a girl; Mary Rees, a boy; and Annie McLanahan, a boy.
Thirty years ago the Castle Valley River Ranchos Property Owners Association was preparing for their annual general meeting, which was held at the Ramada Inn in Moab. A major decision facing the POA members that year regarded whether to dedicate Castle Valley Drive to the county. They were asked to vote on the matter but indicated that a two-thirds majority of all lot owners was needed to approve the action. The ownership of the main road was eventually assumed by the county and it was paved soon after.
Three candidates indicated their desire to serve on the board of directors for the following year. They were Whitey Miller, Mike Omana and George Ottinger. Don Tuft was retained to the board since he was elected to the two-year position the year before.