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Event is tribute to basque culture

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Celebrating nine decades of fun, the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club will sponsor the 90th annual Carson Valley Days June 9-11. Theme this year is “A Tribute to Basque Culture.”

The weekend begins early Friday morning with the first-ever Minden Rotary Carson Valley Days Balloon Race (see related story).

The annual art show is set for the CVIC Hall in Minden, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will be held Saturday all day and Sunday until 2 p.m.

The Arts and Crafts and Things 2000 festival opens at noon Friday and continues all day at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. The fair, including food concessions, is also planned for Saturday and Sunday.

Friday evening, The Gardnerville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its third annual barbecue fund-raiser from 4 to 9 p.m.

The motto for this year’s event is “Burgers for Pride.” On tap are choice of a hamburger or cheeseburger, a bag of chips and either water or a soda. The cost is $5 per person.

The GVFD will sell tickets prior to the event. Each ticket purchased prior to 7 p.m. on June 7 will be entered in a drawing to win $100. The drawing will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. One need not be present to win.

The parade registration starts at 6:45 a.m. Saturday at the Douglas High School parking lot, and at 9:30 a.m., the parade will head down County Road to Esmeralda and then to Highway 395 on the route to Lampe Park.

Meanwhile in Gardnerville, a historic photo opportunity is being sponsored by the Carson Valley Historical Society.

Museum curator Cecile Brown, with the help of area groups, will recreate a photo taken at the curve near the Gardnerville Town Water Co. in 1900. The historic photo featured the members of Valley clubs and organizations wearing their insignia of membership. They stood in a giant semi-circular line across the road.

Brown has invited service clubs in the Valley to send representatives to the photo shoot to recreate the 1900 picture. People who want to be in the picture should meet at the Gardnerville fire station just off Highway 395 at the curve at 9 a.m.

She is taking advantage of the fact that the highway is closed for the parade in order to obtain the photo, which will be shot by Jay Aldrich, a professional photographer living in Minden.

Reprints of both photographs will be available. People who want to be in the historic photo should RSVP by calling Brown at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 782-2555, or write to her at the museum, 1477 Highway 395 N., Gardnerville 89410. Brown needs to know how many people want to be in the picture.

The softball tournament begins with an opening round at 6 p.m. Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday at Lampe Park.

The 22nd annual Carson Valley Days Rodeo, a CCPRA-SSRI approved event, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday at the Douglas County fairgrounds. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $5 for children under 12, with under 5 free.

On Saturday night, Bill Alan McClain’s Mobile Music will offer new and classic country, oldies, rock and dance music at the fairgrounds pavilion, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., with the annual dance contest at 10:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per person.

Adult and youth games are planned beginning with registration at 11 a.m. at Lampe Park Saturday. The 20-30 Club’s “Citizen of the Year” will be announced at 11:30 a.m. The contests planned are arm wrestling, fire department water fight tournament and pedal pull, plus various youth games.

On Sunday, the Lions Club will hold its annual breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. at Lampe Park. The Wacky Waddlers Wiver Wace, sponsored by the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, will begin with post time at 1 p.m. for the business race, 1:30 p.m. for the club-organization race and 2 p.m. for the general race, open to all ages. To purchase a duck or for more information, call 782-3711 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. Proceeds will be used for the food closet.

It will be Family Day at the rodeo on Sunday, with children 12 and under free with a paying adult.

The 20-30 Club will offer numerous prizes at its annual raffle drawing Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Lampe Park.

For information about the 20-30 Club celebration, call Rick Martin, 782-8020, Marc Menezes, 782-1280 or Chairperson Dave Evans, 265-0662. Call Martin for an entry form to enter a booth in the Arts and Crafts and Things fair at Lampe Park (deadline is June 1). Cost is $125 for a 12×12-foot booth, $150 with electricity.

The Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club uses the proceeds from its Carson Valley Days events to support youths and youth programs in the Valley.