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Genoa plans big bash for 125th anniversary

Staff reports

Exciting events and historical demonstrations and presentations have been added to final plans for the grand sesquicentennial celebration in June, observing the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Mormon Station in Genoa as a trading post, which became Nevada’s first settlement.

A proclamation by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners sets June 1-3 as Genoa sesquicentennial celebration.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a representative of the Nevada State Parks System, a Genoa resident and Carson Valley descendant of early settlers plus interested residents of Carson Valley are working together to create a gala observance of the anniversary.

Featured will be historic presentations of early historical characters from Nevada’s past and hands-on demonstrations of churning, milking, candle- and soap-making, gold panning and other activities of Nevada’s past. Also demonstrated will be basket weaving and quilting, arts of Washo and pioneer women.

Also planned is a local art and photo exhibit opening Friday night.

Organizers are hoping to present a panel debate on whether Genoa or Dayton is the oldest town in Nevada and to coordinate with the National Pony Express Association’s reride. Historic presentations include a pageant which reenacts establishment of the Mormon Station trading post, music, dancing, choral productions, living history characters and a historic costume contest. The pageant will be presented Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

A Saturday night costume ball will be held, and the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra will present a concert on Sunday afternoon after an old-timer’s reunion picnic for descendants of early Carson Valley residents and newcomers to the area.

Funds raised will go to the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, Boy Scouts of America and a special fund for Mormon Station State Park to acquire adjoining property for parking and expansion.