No fighting, no biting, no bottles, no cans
It’s Carson Valley Days Eve and downtown Gardnerville will be hopping tonight.
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling Main Street between Gilman and Douglas avenues to make sure revelers stay safe, said spokeswoman Sgt. Bernadette Smith.
Starting at 5 p.m., bottles, glasses and cans on any public street in Gardnerville will be confiscated. Bar patrons may have metal or glass containers inside a business until 9 p.m., under the ordinance.
“The purpose of the ordinance is to limit the possibility of these items being used as projectiles, resulting in property damage or personal injury,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. “Drunkenness, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, yelling, cursing, quarreling, fighting, or challenging others to a fight will not be tolerated.”
Curfew in Douglas County is midnight and the Sheriff’s Office suggests that downtown Gardnerville might not be the best place for minors long before then.
The drinking age in Nevada is 21, and it’s illegal for minors to drink alcohol or be in the bars any time of the year.
Both the Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada Highway Patrol will be watching the area for drunken drivers. Anyone planning to drink alcohol should arrange for a designated driver or arrange an alternative means home.
“I wish everyone a safe and happy Carson Valley Days celebration,” Sheriff Ron Pierini said, reminding those who may consume alcoholic beverages during the weekend to be responsible. “Please don’t drink and drive.”
Highway 395 between Waterloo Lane and Buckeye Road closes at 8 a.m. With fire engines and patrol cars figuring prominently in the line-up, the parade brings a lot of noise.
Douglas Avenue and County Road will be closed for the parade line-up 7-9 a.m. The parade starts at Minden Park, which is where the Town of Minden and Model Dairy will be serving breakfast to parade goers at 7 a.m.
The Gardnerville Volunteer Fire Department annual breakfast fundraiser starts at 6 a.m. at 1255 Douglas Ave. Adults are $6, children 12 and under are $4.
This marks the 70th anniversary of the continuous celebration of Carson Valley Days, which was restored in 1946 after World War II.
The first Carson Valley Day was June 11, 1910, 106 years to the day of Saturday’s parade.
Formed to show off Carson Valley’s agricultural prowess, and the new town of Minden, the event saw more than twice as many visitors as the entire county had residents on one day. Most everyone in the Valley had a hand in organizing the event, feeding visitors and entertaining them.
Special trains brought an estimated 3,000 visitors to Minden.
The Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club’s first Carson Valley Days was in 1938, and the club has been involved in the celebration ever since.