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Carson Valley Days carnival open at Lampe

by Leslie Pearson
lpearson@recordcourier.com

Neveah Kaiser and Gabby Delgado, both 10, enjoy a carnival ride on Wednesday night at Lampe Park.
Brad Coman | Nevada Appeal

The carnival has come to town for the 104th annual Carson Valley Days and the Carson Valley 20-30 Club is hosting the party, the club’s president said.

Tonight at Lampe Park Battle of the Bands begins at 5 p.m. with headliners Afrolicious playing at 9 p.m. and Lebo and Friends headlining Saturday’s show beginning at 9 p.m.

President Rick Stuardi said admission is free to see the bands.

“These bands play at the Lake or the Bay Area for $50 to $80 a ticket,” he said. “Come see them for free and spend the money sending the kids on the rides or having a beer.”

The carnival, run by Davis Show’s Northwest, is open from 5 p.m. to midnight today, and open from 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday.

Sponsors and special needs families got to test out the rides Wednesday for free before the carnival opened to the public.

Gardnerville resident, Suzie Penna, brought her nephew to the carnival and said “it’s awesome” that 20-30 provides a free night for kids like her 17-year-old nephew who has cerebral palsy.

“This is the first time he’s been to the carnival,” Penna said. “I thought he’d be scared of the rides but he’s been going for it.”

Stuardi said that the club hosts the free night for kids who have been suggested by teachers from area schools.

“Sometimes it’s a kid who can’t afford the bracelet pass or it’s a kid who has a disability,” he said. “We welcome them all, the park is open.”

Proceeds from the carnival and parade provide the 20-30 Club with its operating budget for the year which it uses to give back to children in the community.

“We’re a service club and to see their faces when they get to experience this is all the feedback you need,” Stuardi said.

Genoa parents Jen and Boomer Hukari brought their kids to the free carnival night as a surprise, Boomer said.

He works for Ahern Rentals, a Carson Valley Days sponsor.

“We’ve only been on three rides so far,” Jen said. “We had to go get airbrushed tattoos first.”

Their daughter Reagan, 8, rode Pharaoh’s Fury twice.

“It was a happy scream,” Jen said after Reagan’s first ride.