More than 50 years have passed since the first festival and the tradition continues. The festival started out as a simple harvest festival where just a couple hundred people came out to have some fun, share the harvest and eat some good Barbeque.
Today, the festival starts on a Thursday and continues for four days ending on Sunday. This event is brought to you by the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce providing free admission to the festival and entertainment. There is a $12 fee for the rodeo and unlimited carnival ride bracelets are available for purchase.
The Fall Festival includes a parade that commemorates the occasion traveling down Highway 160. Saturday traffic comes to a stop on Highway 160 as the annual parade travels down the highway for about 2 miles with over 50 floats. Hundreds stand and cheer on the high school marching band and carnival of floats as they make their way down the town’s main highway.
Rides, rides and more rides are another highlight of the festival! Kids and grownups alike come out to enjoy the thrill of riding the latest stomach twister. Rides include a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel and a boat load of fast turning rides for every thrill seeker. And no carnival would be complete without booths and booths of carnival games and your favorite carnival eats.
A highlight of the Fall Festival is the rodeo! The first festivals were made up of solely the rodeo and over the years the festival evolved into a 4 day celebration where the rodeo is still at the center of it all.
More than three dozen vendors gather at the Pahrump festival. Many of the vendors sell food and beer while others cater to arts and crafts. You can encounter everything from new gadgets to handmade gems.
FALL FESTIVAL HOURS
Thursday, September 26 from 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday, September 27 from 11:00am – midnight
Saturday, September 28 from 11:00am – 1:00am
Sunday, September 29 from 11:00am – tbd
The parade is Saturday at 9 am. Highway 160 closes at 8 am along the parade route – Oxbow at 160 and travels south down 160 to end at Dandelion.