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Carson Valley Days is next weekend

by Nancy Hamlett

Grab your hat, pack up the kids, it’s almost time for the 88th annual Carson Valley Days. The theme for this year’s event is a Tribute to Nevada Gaming, but you won’t have to gamble at having a good time.

“Carson Valley Days started out with a bunch of old farmers getting together before the busy time of the year,” said Mike Sinclair, Active 20-30 Club spokesperson “The 20-30 Club stepped in a couple of years later and has been organizing the event ever since.”

The most popular activity of Carson Valley Days is Saturday’s parade, and this year over 100 entries are anticipated. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at the Douglas High School parking lot with the parade beginning at 9 a.m.

Parade organizers recommend that you come early to pick a spot to set up the lawn chairs. As the Valley grows, so does the number of spectators.

New to this year’s line-up of fun is a concert by the country band, Smoking Armadillos.

“They’re a combination of country, rock and hip hop, and they’re young and energetic,” said Sally Brown, organizer of the concert. “This is the first concert for the Carson Valley. If it’s successful we want to do many more.”

The group will perform at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 grandstand and $15 floor.

“Tickets are selling fast,” said Brown. “The gates open at 6 p.m., but you would be smart to buy them in advance.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Clothes Horse and Sharkey’s in Gardnerville, Corral West in Carson City, and D-M Western Store and Miller Stockman’s in Reno.

The Carson Valley Art Association will hold the annual Carson Valley Days Fine Art Exhibit at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The exhibit will be open Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. An artists’ reception, where the community can meet the artists, will be held on Friday, June 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the CVIC Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday night the wild west rolls into town with the 21st annual Rodeo and Wildhorse Race at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Cowboys from the Pacific and Intermountain West will take on the best rough stock pro-rodeo has to offer. Saturday show time is 7 p.m. with tickets selling for $8 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $5 for children under 12. Children under 5 are free. A second rodeo performance will be held on Sunday, June 14, at 1 p.m. Sunday is family day, with all children under the age of 12 admitted free with a paying adult.

After the rodeo on Saturday, shake a leg or cut a rug with music by Comstock Cowboys at the fairgrounds pavilion. The dance starts at 9 p.m. and the doors close at 1:30 a.m. A dance contest begins at 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7 per person.

If you’re worn out from all the fun on Saturday, the Lions Club will host a breakfast at Lampe Park on Sunday morning, from 8 a.m. until noon. The menu includes sausage, eggs, pancakes and juice and the cost is $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12.

One of the Carson Valley Day traditions that many new residents may not know about is the sale of commemorative Carson Valley Day buttons by Soroptimist International.

“A man must either have a beard or be wearing one of our buttons,” said Cora Hansen, Soroptimist spokesperson. “If not, he is thrown in jail until someone bails him out.”

Buttons are available from area businesses for $1. Proceeds from the buttons and bail are used to support service project.

“I’ve been a Soroptimist since 1976,” said Cora. “And the buttons are the only thing I know that have not gone up in price.”

Ongoing activities at Lampe Park include a softball tournament, water fight tournament pitting firefighters from all over the region against each other, youth games and adult contests.

An arts and crafts show and food concessions will be set up at Lampe Park starting at noon on Friday and continuing throughout the weekend.

On Sunday, starting at 8 a.m., the Carson Valley Cruisers will sponsor a show and shine for all car enthusiasts.

“There’s something for everyone,” said Dennis McDuffee, 20-30 Club member. “We can have a lot of fun while supporting the cause, needy children.”

All of the proceeds from Carson Valley Days goes toward children and children’s events in the Carson Valley.

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