For the last three-quarters of a century, the main drag through Minden and Gardnerville has been closed the second Saturday in June for the Carson Valley Days Parade.
This year won’t be an exception as the stretch of Highway 395 between Buckeye Road and Waterloo Lane will spend much of the morning of June 12 shut down to traffic.
Members of the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club are finalizing the schedule for next weekend’s celebration of all things Carson Valley.
The 2020 Citizen of the Year, Miki Trujillo, will serve as this year’s Grand Marshall.
Highway 395 won’t be the only street closed on parade day. Entrants gather in the Douglas High School parking lot at 7 a.m. before lining up on County Road, which means the roundabout at Highway 88 will be blocked in the morning.
Highway 395 closes at 8 a.m. and the parade starts at 9 a.m. It travels from County Road over to Esmeralda Avenue and through downtown Minden and out onto the highway.
The parade continues down Main Street in Gardnerville on its way to Lampe Park, where the Carson Valley Days carnival and vendor booths will be set up.
After the parade has proceeded through town the focus of Carson Valley Days shifts to Lampe Park,” Parade Chairman Tommy Lovell said.
On Saturday the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club will name winners of the Carson Valley Days parade and also bestow the honor of this year’s Citizen of the Year.
“Every year the club names a member of our community who has gone above and beyond to help the children of the Carson Valley,” Lovell said. “After that the club will be hosting an event at Lampe Park featuring live music, kid’s activities, horseshoe and corn hole tournaments, craft and food vendors, a full day of carnival fun, and a raffle of prizes donated by local businesses.”
The carnival opens to the public on Thursday with buddy night, and will run through Sunday.
Other events include Tahoe Youth and Family Services 5K which precedes the parade and breakfast hosted by the Town of Minden in Minden Park.
The recommended detours around town include taking Buckeye to East Valley Road and then to Pinenut Road and back to town.
Discounted carnival tickets for June 11-13 are on sale now at Raley’s and Accolades Trophies in Gardnerville and Nevada State Bank in Minden.
The Record-Courier will publish a full schedule in Thursday’s edition.
For more information, visit carsonvalley2030.com