Submitted by Shelly Hartmann, Special to the MCIN

Calling all Mineral County residents and visitors from everywhere, the Community Garden would like to thank all of you who made the Harvest Festival such a wonderful event, now we invite you to our Spring Fling. We had so much fun and received such a good turn out from the Harvest Festival that we voted to hold a similar event for the Spring.

We have had many calls and letters asking for another event, and it is time to celebrate a new season. We can’t do it alone though, we need your ideas and help. We want 2014 to be the best ever year for the Community Garden and Mineral County.

We are once again looking for artisans and crafters to have booths, community groups and churches to have information and entertainment for the attendees of the event and of course there will be contests. Keep watching the Independent-News for information.

If you are interested in being a part of the Spring Fling, or have ideas you would like us to include please call Shelley at the MCEDA office 945 5896 or come in to chat about your ideas for this community event.

Already included are: craft and art show and sale booths $20; penny pitching booth; bake sale hosted by the Community Garden; raffles to begin earning money for the community garden water bill this year; a pumpkin growing contest for the youth of the community.

Three age groups finalists will be chosen at the Fall Festival. Winners will have stepping stones in the pumpkin patch commemorating their win; food contests; barbeque and music and games for young and old.

If you have ideas you would like to have included, or your group or agency would like to host one of the booths, we welcome the chance to partner with you. Please bring your ideas and partnering ideas to 901 E Street and talk with Shelley about what we can do to kick off the garden season this year.

For more information call Shelley Hartmann at 775-945-5896. To sign up for the Spring Fling Email List, please email