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Nevada Day vs. Halloween

Linda Hiller

Every year at this time, the same dilemma occurs. Because Nevada officially became a state on Oct. 31, 1864, which coincides with Halloween activities, area children find themselves trick-or-treating the day before so Oct. 31 can be completely dedicated to Nevada Day.

State offices, public schools and some banks and businesses will be closed Friday in honor of the day.

All area youngsters are invited to The Record-Courier’s fourth annual Trick-or-Treat Safety Street tomorrow night, Oct. 30, from 3:30-8 p.m.

The festivities will be inside the CVIC Hall in Minden, at the corner of Esmeralda Ave. and Fifth Street. More than 25 booths will be set up for costumed kids of all ages to visit.

Admission is $2 per child, with proceeds going toward the Douglas High School all-weather track project being coordinated by the school’s sports boosters.

Each child who visits the safety street will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing. Prizes include a 20-inch bicycle from Coast to Coast, movie passes from Meadowdale-3 Theaters, pizza parties from the Pizza Barn, pizzas from New York Pizza, an inflatable water toy from Gardnerville Spa and Pool, savings bonds including $100 from Nevada State Bank and $50 each from Nevada Banking Co., Wells Fargo Bank (Minden and Gardnerville branches) and Bank of America (Minden and Gardnerville Ranchos branches). Additional raffle tickets can be purchased on site.

Last year, more than 1,200 kids stopped by the Trick-or-Treat Safety Street.

The Nevada Day parade begins at 10 a.m. Friday from the intersection of Carson and William streets in Carson City.

A total of 241 entries is listed as participants in Friday’s parade. Approximately 14 of those are from Carson Valley.

This year’s theme is “Nevada – Land of Music.” Marching bands from Valley schools will be showing their stuff.

The Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School Panther Band will be marching in position 101.

Band director Michele Baumann said her musicians will be playing “Bluesville.” Band members marching with the 50-member group will include mostly 7th and 8th graders, with a few 9th graders – the other 9th graders will be marching with the Douglas High School band.

Drum major Gretchen Nystrom will be leading the PWLMS band in some “fancy footwork,” according to Baumann. Assistant drum major is Katie McDole.

“They’ll be doing some row changes and we’ll be marching to a cadence written by drummer Randy Cox,” Baumann said. Drum captain is Robert Stockton.

Chorus students Brittany Larmee and Maren Parsons will be carrying the banner for the Panther band.

The Carson Valley Middle School Band will be marching in position 118. Band Director Jim Burnett said drum major Stephanie Smith will be leading the band to “Looking Good.”

The CVMS band will also consist of mostly 7th and 8th graders, as many of the 9th graders will be marching with the DHS band.

Last year, the CVMS marching band took first place in their division. Burnett said he hopes his 70 participants will simply do their best this year.

“Six of the last seven years we’ve won either first or second place,” he said.

CVMS Band members will be wearing their traditional black windbreakers, pants and orange dickies.

The Douglas High School Fighting Tiger Band will be marching in position 157. Band Director Bill Zabelsky said he is excited to get his 85 marching musicians out to defend the school’s 8-year tradition of winning the Sweepstakes Award.

“We’ve won it for eight of the last nine years,” he said. “This year the competition will be stiffer, though, because there are more bands entered – there is one coming from Las Vegas and Elko is coming, too.”

Drum major Jesse Whitaker will be leading the Fighting Tiger Band in “How the West Was Won.”

The Douglas High School Color Guard, under the direction of Leslie Zabelsky will march in position 158. The group consists of 17 flag girls and banner carriers, led by Jenniffer Mayer, captain.

Other Douglas County entrants and their positions in the parade include Sparkie the Clown, entry 26; 4-H Guide Dogs for the Blind, 39; Julie Derobertis, 76: Carson Valley Lions Club, 125; Masons of Genoa & Gardnerville, 129; Carson Valley Community Church, 145; Bently Nevada Corp., 173; Ashford Academy of Renaissance Art, 181; and the Douglas County 4-H, 190.

Many Douglas County residents will be participating in the parade in other groups. The parade is expected to run two hours.