Fun, food and history planned in Genoa this weekend |

Fun, food and history planned in Genoa this weekend

by MaryJane Harding

The Snowshoe Thompson Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at the Mormon Station State Park in Genoa will allow visitors see what life was like more than 100 years ago.

The Robinson family of Carson City, for example, will discuss how people lived in the early days of Nevada and demonstrate lead-bullet making and period cooking and sewing methods.

Terry “Firewalker” Reeve of Janesville, Calif., Don Krause of Cassel, Calif., and Travis Agee of Sparks will show the art of blacksmithing, and demonstrating the ancient technique of scrimshaw will be Suzanne Reeve.

A 1907 Freight Wagon, the Nevada Gunfighters and the Guns and Gals of Old Virginia City giving gun safety demonstrations and Historical Old West skits and talks are planned as well.

Visitors may visit “Snowshoe’s” grave at the Genoa Cemetery. Guide and historian Billie Jean Rightmire, a Genoa native, will introduce you to some of the people who “live” in the cemetery.

Vistors should be sure to check out the arts and crafts booths and the antiques and collectibles.

On Saturday, enjoy chorizo sandwiches sold by the Basque club of Carson Valley. All of the profits from the sandwiches will go to the Carson Valley Historical Society. The Daughters of Norway will tempt everyone with ethnic home-baked cookies. The historical society will sell hot dogs, bratwurst and hamburgers both days.

Music and special performances will be provided all weekend.

The Carson Valley Historical Society sponsors this event to honor John A.”Snowshoe” Thompson. He is known as the “Legendary Mailman of the Sierra,” who carried 100 pounds of mail and supplies twice a month during the winter from Genoa to Placerville, Calif., for 20 years (1856 until the year of his death in 1876).

Thompson, originally from Norway, carved his own skis and made the one-way 90-mile journey over the mountains in three days and the return trip in two days. Thompson never received any pay promised by the U.S. Postal Service. He died at the age of 49 and is buried in the Genoa Cemetery.

For additional information contact Grace Bower at 265-6097, Mary Jane Harding at 265-7074 or the Carson Valley Historical Society at 782-2555.