Carson Valley celebrates Fourth of July |

Carson Valley celebrates Fourth of July

Getting a sheep to participate in a pet parade is more about encouraging than leading, according to 15-year-old Grace Tekansik.

While it looked like she was petting her sheep Fred and Owen during Thursday’s Fourth of July Parade in Genoa, it was just her way of keeping them moving.

She demonstrated what happens when you just try to tug a sheep by a lead, which results in the animal balking.

She and fellow 4-H’r and Douglas High student Liz Billman with her sheep Princess and Hope participated in the pets portion of the parade.

Announcer Dave Whitgob said it was the biggest parade so far.

Musicians entertained visitors to Mormon Station State Historic Park in preparation for a performance of the Carson City Symphony as part of the town’s Americana Festival.

Hundreds of visitors swelled the population of Nevada’s oldest town.

Genoa Volunteer Firefighters sold out of their chicken meals, resident Roger Falcke said.

The Carson City Symphony was conducted by David Bugli.

Some of the performers in Genoa warmed up in Gardnerville with the Carson Valley Pops on Thursday.

Directed by C.J. Birch, the Pops struck performed in the gazebo at Heritage Park, accompanied by the Voices of the Sierra.

Scores of young bicyclists waited at Esmeralda Avenue and Sixth Street in Minden for Town Staff Member Rachel Hamer to start the bicycle parade.

The Town fed the hundreds of people who turned out to the park to enjoy a relatively cool day with games, music, a bounce house, water slide and the Minden Splash Pad.