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Getaways calendar: September

Through Sept. 5, Elko: Elko County Fair. This event features horse racing, stallion competitions, stock horse challenges, 4-H livestock shows, Basque food and arts and crafts. 775-738-3616. www.elkocountyfair.com/

Through Oct. 22, Cedar City, Utah: Utah Shakespeare Festival. Summer season includes “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Henry V,” “The Three Musketeers” and “Mary Poppins.” The fall season continues with “The Cocoanuts,” “Julius Caesar,” “Murder for Two” and the addition of “The Odd Couple.” Matinees and evening performances. Dark Sundays. 800-752-9849. www.bard.org/

Thursday through Sept. 5, Parowan, Utah: Iron County Fair. Called Utah’s “Biggest Little Fair,” events include 5k Fun Run, Miss Iron County Pageant, eating contests, Tour de Gap Bike Race, carnival and parade. 435-477-8380. www.ironcountyfair.net/

Friday through Sept. 5, Fallon: Fallon Cantaloupe Festival. This is a family festival that features the sweet, juicy Fallon cantaloupe. Other activities include arts and crafts, exhibits, petting zoo, farmers market and a mud volleyball tournament. Churchill County Fairgrounds. 775-423-9721. www.falloncantaloupefestival.com/

Friday through Sept. 5, Pioche: Annual Labor Day Celebration. The town’s largest event of the year features mining events, 10k Fun Run, fishing derby, Chili cook-off, electric light parade and children’s events. 775-962-5544. www.piochenevada.com/

Saturday, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah: Summer Star Party. Park staff and astronomy volunteers will be on hand to help visitors with telescopes that they set up to view the night sky. The program starts at the park’s visitor center then heads out to Point Supreme. Dependent on good weather. 435-586-0787. www.nps.gov/cebr/

Sept. 7, Zion National Park, Utah: Zion Narrows Service Project. Join a naturalist to discover the Zion Narrows. This 7-mile hike will include discussing the geology, plants and wildlife of the area and a short service project while in the canyon. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 800-635-3959. www.zionpark.org/

Sept. 9-11, Reno: Great Reno Balloon Race. Watch some of the nation’s top balloonists compete in events such as the Hare and the Hound, Target Drop and Key grab. Rancho San Rafael Park. 775-826-1181. www.renoballoon.com/

Sept. 9-11, Virginia City: Virginia City’s International Camel Races. The camel races are just one part of this extraordinary event. Watch ostrich and emu races, specialty acts and a daily parade. 775-851-444. www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/

Sept. 11, Flagstaff, Ariz: Wine in the Woods: AZ Style. This event showcases Arizona wineries, local restaurants and entertainment all within the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum at Flagstaff. 928-774-1442. www.thearb.org/

Sept. 17, Panaca: Dutch Oven Cook-Off. This is the culmination of the Nevada State Park’s cook-off. Cathedral Gorge State Park. 775-728-4460. www.parks.nv.gov/

Sept. 22, Zion National Park, Utah: Thursday Trek. Join a field institute naturalist to learn about the flora, fauna, geology and cultural history of the park. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959. www.zionpark.org/

Sept. 24, Kingman, Ariz.: Annual Andy Devine Days Parade. Join the celebration of Kingman’s famous son, Andy Devine. Parade starts at Locomotive Park and into the heart of Kingman along Beale Street. 928-757-7919. www.gokingman.com/

Sept. 24-25, Genoa: Annual Genoa Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire. This event features more than 300 arts and crafts booths, children’s activity area and the making and selling of handmade candy. Galena Park Regional Park. 775-782-8696. www.genoanevada.org/

Sept. 24-25: Spring Creek. Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival. This is part of the Nevada State Balloon Champion Series. Flights begin Friday morning in Elko and Spring Creek. Approximately 35 balloons are expected. 775-744-2732. www.rubymountainballoonfestival.com/

Oct. 1-2, Zion National Park, Utah: Grand Staircase Geology. Join the institute for two days of short hikes and geologic narrative in the southern Utah area. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 800-635-3959. www.zionpark.org/

 

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