Carson Valley Days theme “Salute to First Responders” |

Carson Valley Days theme “Salute to First Responders”

Staff Reports
DCSO motor officers Matt Saylo and John Lenz lead last year's Carson Valley Days Parade down Esmeralda.
Brad Coman |

It’s still months away, but the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club is already planning for the 107th year of Carson Valley Days. The theme for the valley’s largest parade is “Salute to First Responders.”

The parade will take place June 10 as part of the annual Carson Valley Days festival, set for June 8–11. Parade entry fees are $75 for commercial entries, $50 for non-commercial entries, and free for children and youth entries.

Parade, vendor and sponsor applications will soon be available at

Carson Valley Days dates back to June 11, 1910, when Valley residents went all-out to bring visitors from around Western Nevada to the new town of Minden.

An estimated 700 Reno and Carson City residents took two early Virginia & Truckee trains to participate. Residents met the visitors in cars and buggies to take them to Minden Park for the festivities.

Reno Auto Club members made an excursion to the Valley with 50 vehicles.

That first Carson Valley Day wouldn’t be equaled for a long time, but when it was, it was due to the efforts of 20-30 Club members.

The event’s present form, including the parade, has been an annual event since 1946. It expanded to two days in 1954 and now includes a carnival.