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1 o Marines lead the Pahrump Harvest Festival One of the highlights of the 33rd annual Harvest Festival Parade, in Pahrump, will be the participation of the U.S. Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard on September 13. The Mounted Color Guard was formed in 1967 and was officially designated by Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps as an official unit. Initially started by personnel at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, at Barstow, Calif., as a parade unit, it has expanded its horizons to appear in events throughout the United States. In January, 1985, the Mounted Color Guard made their first performance at the high point and class champion for the California Association of Paraders from 1980 to 1985, 1989, 1991 and 1993. Overall outstanding equestrian from 1987 to 1989 and the Chairman's Trophy at the Cheyenne, Wyo., Frontier Days. The Mounted Color Guard continues to use the wild mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management "Adopt A Horse" program. The guard has appeared in two national equine magazines, "Western Horseman," and "Horse Illustrated" and was honored by being portrayed on the first edition of the Bureau of Land Management trading cards. Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. In January 1990, the Unit The Mounted Color Guard is comprised of volunteers of the U.S. Marine returned to the Tournament of Roses Parade and was given the honor of being Corps Logistics Base at Barstow, Calif. They practice two days a week and the first military unit to lead the parade. On January 1, 1993, the Mounted travel three to four weekends a month. They routinely travel over 30,000 Color Guard, again, led theparade, miles per year and participate in more than 70 parades, rodeos and The Mounted Color Guard has received many awards and citations: overall ceremonies throughout the Western United States. PRCA rodeo is festival Mghlight by Patti Babcock gazette staff Fans, from three to 103, will fill the stands to thrill to the action packed performances at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys few of them will be available to autograph "back numbers" given to all children attending opening night. Association (PRCA) rodeo. A highlight of the Harvest Festival, the PRCA event draws nationally top rated cowboys and cowgirls. Rodeo, derived from a Spanish word for round-up, gave cowboys the opportunity to show of/" their everyday work skills. The first formal rodeo was held in Prescott, Arizona in 1888. The western competition rose rapidly in popularity as it spread from Arizona throughout the west and finally throughout the country. Today, rodeo is an international sport where skilled athletes compete for prize money. Local fans can watch these athletes test their bravery and skill as they ride to win in the rough and rugged events during the three Harvest Festival rodeos. Wilderness Prorodeo Circuit cowboys and cowgirls, from Nevada, Idaho and Utah, will join other PRCA contestants to provide plenty of action. On Friday, Pahrump night, a In the true spirit of "the heart of the new, old west," the local business community is providing the support to bring the PRCA rodeo to Pahrump. Professional cowboys and cowgirls will vie for $3,000 prize money in each of the seven events. Local sponsors are: Bull Riding-Saddle West Hotel and Casino; Saddle Bronc Riding-New South Federal; Bareback Riding- Floyd's Ace Hardware; Calf Roping- Cow County Title Company; Steer Wrestling-Gold Coast Hotel and Casino; Team Roping-Rebel Oil Company; and Barrel Racing-Preferred Equities Corporation. Terrible's Town Casino is the local sponsor for the Wilderness Circuit, and will provide the back numbers worn by each rodeo contestant. The winner of each event will receive a silver buckle courtesy of Saddle West Hotel and Casino. Continued on B-8 Exhibits provide forum for local talent by Patti Babcock g,ette staff A tour through the Exhibit Hall (the Pahrump Community Center) brings alive the "Fair" part of Harvest Festival and Fair. People proudly share their best needlework, crafts, baked goods, preserves, paintings, photographs and produce with their community. Exhibited in the hall is the "harvest" of our neighbors' skill, talent and time. Colorful quilts are works of art. Well beyond the utilitarian piecing of scraps of fabric to create a bed cover, many of these carefully crafted quilts will cover walls rather than beds. Each proudly displayed quilt has been created with an artist's eye and a craftsman's skill. Dresses, suits, gowns and costumes look professionally tailored and open our eyes to the talented seamstresses in our midst. Knitted sweaters, slippers and scarfs are beautiful and more alaractive than "store bought." Paintings are as distinct as the artists: pastoral scenes, still life, portraits and impressionist brought to life in watercolors, oils, pastels and pencil. Photography, color and black and white, of people, places and pets. Crafts in leather, wood and clay. A hand tooled belt, a skillfully carved chmr, and a magnificent glazed bowl. Dolls, big and small, ceramic and cloth, each in its own original costume. Every craft from beads to jewelry is a creative masterpiece. Melons, vegetables, fruit and flowers from area gardens reflect the work and care of their growers. A living testimony to diversity available to canned goods, jellies, breads and pies. The full spectrum of the community, Pahrump and surrounding areas, is represented from Pee Wee (8 years and younger), to youth (9 through and adults (18 years and over). Each exhibit is the work of the entrant and all have been created in the past year (since September 1996). The exhibits are labors of Iove Acknowledging this, the fair board awards a ribbon to every entry. Still, each exhibitor competes for the coveted ribbons denoting outstanding achievement. Professional entries are accepted for display only. "Pahrump and Progress" is the theme for the 1997 Harvest Festival and Fair Parade, and the exhibits are in touch with the times. Three new categories have been added: poetry, computer art and computer graphics. Another change is earlier entry and judging for Clothing and Textile, Art, Literature and Crafts Divisions and all Youth entries. These are accepted inside the Community Center Monday and Tuesday, September 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Judging is "Wednesday afternoon. Emries for the Foods and Horticulture Divisions are accepted inside the Community Center Thursday and Friday, September 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with entries judged Friday evening. ? desert gardeners. WINNING MELONS-Grownin Pahrump with pride and Cooks show off care. Visit the exhibit hall for a sampling of local talent. Patti Babcock