Cool weather, warm reception await Carson Valley Days revels

Carson Valley Days will kick off under cloudy skies and breezy conditions today, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecaster Brian Brong said the high today will hit 66 degrees with winds 10-15 mph gusting to 30 mph. The winds will die back a little bit for tonight's fireworks.

By Saturday, the clouds will be leaving and the temperatures climbing, with a high of 71 degrees for parade day. Breezes will be around 10 mph.

Clouds will clear out by Saturday night, setting the stage for a sunny day on Sunday with temperatures climbing into the 80s, Brong said.

Deputies of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be out in force tonight in downtown Gardnerville.

Sgt. Jim Halsey said deputies will be patrolling Main Street between Gilman Avenue and Eddy Street 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Friday, which has long been the site of an informal Carson Valley Days gathering.

"The Friday night event was started by the citizens of the Carson Valley years ago as an event to come together one night a year to commemorate the unity of the community and celebrate the accomplishments of the past year," Halsey said.

Douglas County Sheriff's deputies will be conducting extensive foot patrol throughout the area during the entirety of the celebration.

"Due to the adult nature of the event, minors are discouraged from attending unless in the custody of a parent," he said. "Under no circumstances shall a minor be present in any of the bars, nor shall they consume or possess any alcohol. Any violations will be strictly enforced. Midnight curfew remains in force for all minors."

Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini said that all celebrants have an obligation to conduct themselves responsibly during their observance of the event. Excessive drunkenness, disorderly conduct, yelling, cursing, quarreling, fighting, or challenging others to a fight will not be tolerated.

While deputies will be watching out for celebrants who are disturbing the peace, engaging in disorderly conduct or having fireworks, they'll be also enforcing Gardnerville's ban on glass or metal containers, which goes into effect 5 p.m. today and will last until 5 a.m. Saturday. Restaurant patrons will be able to have cans or glasses inside the premises until 9 p.m. today.

"I wished everyone a safe and happy Carson Valley Days celebration," Pierini said.

He reminded those who may consume alcoholic beverages during the weekend to be responsible and not drink and drive.


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