Parade swoops through Carson Valley
BEST FLOAT CATEGORIES AND WINNERS:
YOUTH ENTRY - POP WARNER
SERVICE CLUB - CARSON VALLEY SHRINERS
NON-SERVICE CLUB - SIERRA STOMPERS
COMMERCIAL - NORTHWEST MARTIAL ARTS
NON-COMMERCIAL - CARSON VALLEY SWIM CENTER
ANTIQUE VEHICLE - NORTHERN NEVADA ANTIQUE POWER CLUB
MISCELLANEOUS - TOWN OF MINDEN
WESTERN/RANCHER - AMACKER RANCH
The Carson Valley Days Parade swooped down Highway 395 on Saturday with superheroes and villains handing out candy to children’s happy squeals and cheers.
Malachi Visbal, 10, ran into his mom’s hair salon, yelling, “I saw Underdog. I got to see Underdog.”
Malachi’s mom, Sara Heckathorn, recently opened her salon Rejuvenate at the Historian Inn with co-owner Megan Martinez.
“It’s been great,” she said. “I’ve lived in Alaska and Seattle, and you just don’t see these kind of family events put on by the community like you do in Carson Valley.”
The Casper family has lived in Carson Valley for two years and plans on making it a tradition, said mom, Leah.
“I brought my five kids and my husband ran in the race this morning,” she said. “We waved and took pictures when he ran by.”
The Carson Valley Days Walk, Jog, Run fundraiser for the Partnership of Community Resources began at 8 a.m.
She and her five children brought blankets for the cool morning temperatures and huddled in their line of chairs on the sidewalk.
Leah’s 13-year-old son, Barry, was in charge of bringing the plastic shopping bags for all the free candy he and his siblings caught.
“He just took charge,” Leah said. “I didn’t have to think about that this morning.”
The superhero theme was a good choice, Barry said.
“It was pretty interesting they did that,” he said. “They picked something everyone knows.”
Leah said all her kids could name the superheroes walking by with candy.
“All my kids were like, ‘Oh, that’s Wonder Woman, that’s Daredevil,’”
Pat and Jim Swisher have been coming to the parade for 20 years, and support the patriotic floats, they said.
“This year I handed out brochures for the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park,” Pat said. “I got to see the whole parade that way.”
Pat said Carson Valley Days is a good way to remember the founding families of the Carson Valley.
Being with family is the reason most people attend the parade.
Parade viewers also come to see friends and family, Gardnerville resident, Mario Velez said.
“I’m a custodian at Pau-wa-lu Middle School so I like to come and see all the kids here,” he said, before the girls volleyball team walked up and asked him for a donation.
“We like supporting the fire departments and I like to see the Boys and Girls Club float every year because I know a lot of them,” he said.
Velez and his family make it to all the events, he said.
“We make a full day of it,” he said. “We always go to the carnival afterward. We do this every year.”
The 20-30 club hosts Carson Valley Days and proceeds from the events go toward its annual operating budget.
The 20-30 club Citizen of the Year was Rev. Pete Nelson who is retiring after 31 years at Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville.
Parade co-chair and 20-30 club member Tim Provost said that Nelson was chosen for his commitment to the community.
“He offered the church for our egg dying event for Easter Sunday this year for free,” Provost said. “He does a lot for the Valley.”
The parade had 70 floats this year and Provost said the participants had “a lot of fun” with the superhero theme.
“The Sierra Stomper group had a really cool inflatable Batman on one of its trucks,” he said. “And I saw a lot of the beauty queens had capes on.”
Some floats that stuck out to 20-30 members were Pop Warner, local business Tumbleweeds and Special Olympic swim team, the Douglas County Killer Whales.
“This was (the Killer Whales) first time at the parade,” he said. “They really looked like they were having a good time.”