Slideshow: Carson Valley Days photos and winners
Despite the odds, the 16 members of the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club organized and delivered a 2020 Carson Valley Days Parade.
Because of the coronavirus outbreak, people weren’t allowed to hand out candy or to walk the parade route with the usual collection of fliers. There also wasn’t a carnival, or a barbecue or games.
On Saturday, around 50 entries festooned with red, white and blue bunting and American flags gathered at Douglas High School, where just the week before the parking lot was filled with Douglas and ASPIRE graduates.
But the music was live as a variety of bands were towed along the route from Esmeralda Avenue down Main Street to Waterloo.
Members of the Carson Valley Lions weren’t able to get buttons out for sale in time for the parade, and because of the virus didn’t attempt to sell them along the route.
However, the club is discussing issuing a special collector’s button for sale after the fact.
Saturday’s Carson Valley Days Parade continued a tradition that has accompanied the June celebration of Douglas County’s agricultural heritage since 1946.
While the first Carson Valley Day was June 11, 1910, and featured a sort of a parade, the event wasn’t a regular thing until just after World War II.