Villains, heroes vie for Carson Valley Days |

Villains, heroes vie for Carson Valley Days

by Caryn Haller
Randy Conner arm wrestles against Jon Trent at Lampe Park during last year's Carson Valley Days. Trent won the contest.
Shannon Litz file photo |



Carnival Opens – Buddy Day (2 for 1 wristbands) 5 p.m.-11 p.m.


Carnival 3-11 p.m.

Battle of the Bands 5-9 p.m.

Live Music from Afrolicious 9 p.m.-midnight


Parade Registration 7 a.m.

Carson Valley Days Walk, Jog, Run Registration 7 a.m.

Carson Valley Days Walk, Jog, Run 8 a.m.

Carson Valley Days Parade 9 a.m.

Carnival 11 a.m.-close

Craft Show & Food Vendors 11 a.m.-close

Kid’s Grease Pole noon-8 p.m.

Free Kid’s Games

Gunny Sack Races

Tricycle Races noon-1:30 p.m.

Announcement of Parade Winners & Citizen of the Year 1 p.m.

Horseshoe Tournament 1:30 p.m.

Live Music form Craig Crow Show 2-5 p.m.

Live Music from Forrest Day 6:30-8:30 p.m

Live Music form Lebo & Friends 9 p.m.-close


Grass Volleyball Tournament 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Craft Show & Food Vendors 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Carnival 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kid’s Grease Pole 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Carson Valley Days Duck Derby 1-3:30 p.m.

Community Derby 1 p.m.

Business Class Derby 2 p.m.

Service Clubs/Churches 3 p.m.

Kids Watermelon Eating Contest 2:30 p.m.

Glutton Bowl 3 p.m.

Carson Valley Days Raffle 4 p.m.

It didn’t take super powers for Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club members to come up with this year’s parade theme.

Super heroes and super villains is one members hope both children and adults can have fun with.

“The whole event is for the kids and they love super heroes. The super villains is for the adults going out on the town,” Parade chairman Tommy Lovell said. “I’ve had good feedback so far. We’re trying to do something easy for everyone putting in a parade entry.”

The 104th annual Carson Valley Days celebration starts Thursday.

Lovell said he expects to have 75-100 entries this year.

The parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, however, Highway 395 will be closed at approximately 8 a.m. to accommodate the Partnership of Community Resources’ annual walk, jog, run fundraiser.

“The forecast isn’t for 102 degrees this year, so we’re happy about that. I think everything is going well,” Lovell said. “Carson Valley Days is an inexpensive weekend to stay in town, see friends you haven’t seen in a while and be a part of the community.”

Parade grand marshal is 2013’s Citizen of the Year, Neil Hill.

Hill is the former president of the Carson Valley Girls Softball Association.

To register for the parade, visit

Parade fees are $75 for commercial, $50 for non-commercial and free for youth organizations.

The carnival lights up Lampe Park tonight exclusively for event sponsors and special needs children. It opens to the public Thursday with 2-for-1 buddy wristbands.

Presale wristbands cost $20 at Nevada State Bank in Minden and Accolades Trophies in Gardnerville.

Lampe Park is also the venue for the second annual Battle of the Bands on Friday.

In addition to the contest, other live bands will perform Saturday. There will also be arts, crafts and food vendors around the park through Sunday, a horseshoe tournament Saturday as well as children’s activities.

Carson Valley Days wraps up Sunday with the Duck Derby sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Women’s Active 20-30 Club.

The community race begins at 1 p.m., followed by the business class race at 2 p.m. and the service clubs/churches race at 3 p.m. in Willow Creek.

Ducks cost $5 for one, $20 for five and $50 for 13. To purchase ducks, visit

Be sure to wear your Carson Valley Days button on parade day to avoid being thrown in the Soroptimist of Carson Valley’s rolling jail. Buttons are available for $1 at The Record-Courier and other businesses around town. On Saturday the price goes up to $2.