More than two dozen Valley merchants and offices have Carson Valley Day buttons for sale, and anyone planning to attend the June 14 Carson Valley Days parade should be wearing one or expect to be placed in the rolling Soroptimist jail.
Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is an international club with a focus on women and children. This is one fundraising event they use to help achieve their goals of helping the community. The theme for Carson Valley Days is “Super heroes and super villains,” so the buttons are in keeping with that theme. Buttons cost $1 a piece prior to the parade, and on the day of the parade they go up to $2 each.
Not having a button on Saturday morning won’t be the only way to wind up in jail during Carson Valley Days.
Downtown Gardnerville on Friday night will be patrolled by Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies during the annual gathering on Highway 395 between Gilman and Douglas avenues.
Glass or metal containers are prohibited on any public street or any area that’s open to the public in Gardnerville from 5 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Saturday. That’s to prevent them from being used as projectiles or weapons. Patrons may have glass or metal containers inside restaurants until 9 p.m. Friday. Deputies finding anyone with one of the containers may confiscate it, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Brooks.
“Sheriff Ron Pierini and the members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office remind attendees of the Friday night festivities that all celebrants have an obligation to conduct themselves responsibly during the night,” Brooks said. “Excessive drunkenness, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, yelling, cursing, quarreling, fighting or challenging others to a fight will not be tolerated.”
Brooks said that due to the adult nature of the event, minors are discouraged from attending unless accompanied by a parent.
“Under no circumstances shall a minor be present in any of the bars, nor shall they consume or possess any alcohol,” he said. Any violations will be strictly enforced. Midnight curfew remains in force for all minors.”
The Carson Valley Days Carnival opens with Buddy Day with 2-for-1 wristbands 5-11 p.m. Thursday. The carnival continues 3-11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to closing time on Saturday. On Sunday, the carnival will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.