Parade ties towns together |

Parade ties towns together

by Caryn Haller

Shannon Litz

Overall Winner — Carson Valley Swim Center

Children Entry — Tumbleweeds Gymnastics

Adult Entry — Sierra Stompers

Community Entry — Carson Valley Community Theatre

Commercial Entry — Bently Biofuels’

Nautilus Submarine

Citizen of the Year — Neil Hill, Former president of the Carson Valley girls softball association

If there’s one small-town event that brings the entire community together, it’s a parade.

Whether as a spectator or participant, thousands of cowboys and cowgirls came out for the Carson Valleys Days parade Saturday morning.

“We know a lot of people judge Carson Valley Days off the parade,” said Tommy Lovell Carson Valley Days’ overall chairman. “And people who don’t come to the park can still experience Carson Valley Days with a good parade on Saturday morning.”

Tumbleweeds Gymnastics & Kaia Fit was one of more than 60 entries decked out in western hats, bandanas, boots and mustaches.

Higher-level tumblers performed aerial tricks on the trampoline, rings and bar while the float meandered down Highway 395.

This is the organizations 12th year in the parade.

“We love the community and letting the kids perform and be on the float,” owner Nikki Warren said. “One of the reasons we love being in this community is because of the Carson Valley Days parade. We’re always super excited about being a part of it.”

New to the parade was Bently Biofuels’ Nautilus, inspired by the submarine in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

“I love to see people smile and this Nautilus represents people’s dreams, and we want to show you can build what you dream,” Bob Nye said. “It’s an educational desire to inspire kids and believe in dreams.”

The Nautilus was one of Gardnerville resident Vickie Kunst’s favorite entries.

“That Bently one was incredible, and the one with all the farm equipment,” she said. “Carson Valley Days is small-town fun with a little bit of something for everyone. It brings the community together.”

The Carson Valley branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada’s float dubbed “Giddy Up,” had a wagon train theme with horses and hay bales.

“This will be my fifth year in the parade. It’s fun celebrating our great community,” Executive Director Shannon Harris said. “It’s about exposure for the club and fun for the kids. Carson Valley Days is a tradition. I grew up here, and have been watching the parade for more than 30 years.”

Carson Valley Medical Center’s 40-foot float was complete with chuck wagons and cows. This is the hospital’s eighth year in the parade.

“We like to be a part of the community and support the 20-30 club,” Shannon Albert said. “Seeing everybody come out and join together and have fun is what it’s all about.”

Stacey Ziglar and her Relay for Life float were “Rounding Up a Cure for Cancer” with hay bales, saddles and cowboys with lassoes.

“We’ve done it for several years,” Ziglar said. “We want to create awareness for Relay for Life, and get the community involved.”

Relay for Life is Aug. 10 in Lampe Park.