Fireworks will be back for Gardnerville’s Christmas kick-off in Heritage Park next month, but it will be a day later this year.
Town board members approved a proposal for the town’s health and sanitation department on Tuesday night to pay for the Dec. 5 show with the help of sponsors.
Town Manager Tom Dallaire said the show would cost about $8,000, but that they’ve already received more than $1,600 in donations.
“We need sponsors,” vice chairwoman Linda Slater said.
Dallaire said the visitor’s authority asked the town to move the celebration back a day. It has been on Wednesday’s in Heritage Park since the town started doing it.
The annual celebration lights up the Heritage Park gazebo and the town’s tree, and features fire pits, live entertainment, carriage rides and a visit from Santa. In addition to fireworks, the town is also raffling off one year of free garbage service to a resident. Dallaire said that only town residents who are presently paying Gardnerville for trash service are eligible.
Gardnerville’s holiday celebration is first up for the first week of December, with Minden and Genoa holding their celebrations on Friday, and the annual Parade of Lights occurring on Dec. 7.
The town approved an application by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce for a new route for the parade, which moves its start a block south.
This year, the parade will begin on Eddy Street after lining up along Heritage Park.
Up until last year, the parade started on Waterloo Lane and marched through downtown Gardnerville on its way to Minden.
Last year the parade started on Gilman Avenue for the first time. Businesses on the corner protested the move.
This year the owner of Country Carousel, Sandy Anderson, wrote a letter protesting the new parade route, beginning a block north of her business. Also left off the parade route are Rancho Grande and El Aguila Real.
Dallaire said a plan to start the parade at Misson Street was rejected by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The start on Eddy prompted concern that the longest truck in the parade may have difficulty making the turn onto the highway.
Slater said she was concerned that the highway closed so early before the parade, which generally doesn’t start until dusk. Highway 395 is closed at Buckeye and Waterloo by the state, sometimes as early as two hours before the parade.
Slater was more concerned about the closure of side streets like Circle Drive, where residents are landlocked, and can’t get across the highway.