Still winds may clear way for fireworks show |

Still winds may clear way for fireworks show

Staff Reports
Shannon Litz/R-C file photoGardnerville's tree and gazebo lit up in a previous year's ceremony.

The wind in Gardnerville has died down, which may mean fireworks will be a go for tonight’s Gardnerville’s Christmas kickoff.

While townspeople planned to move forward with the event at 5:30 p.m. regardless of the weather, it’s illegal for fireworks to be launched when the wind is blowing faster than 15 mph.

Gardnerville Town Manager Tom Dallaire is meeting with Fire Marshal Steve Eisele to determine the fate of the fireworks show.

Even if the town gets the all-clear, it’s possible that fireworks show firm Lantis will cancel the program if the wind picks up in the next hour for safety’s sake.

Town Office Manager Carol Louthan said the town received a donation from Starbucks to help pay for the fireworks.

“Starbucks was nice enough to help us out,” said Louthan.

For the past seven years, the Town of Gardnerville has kicked off Christmas in Heritage Park with music and a lights show.

“Every year is different,” said Louthan.

Louthan’s job is to program the one-and-a-half minute light show. This year, the song is “Hallelujah” by Mannheim Steamroller.

“You just pick the song and hopefully you can get the lights to work for it,” she said.

The event is set up by the town’s employees. They put up the lights, serve the food, and execute the light show.

The lights show will run every night until New Years from 5-10 p.m. Tune your radio to 89.9 FM to hear the song to go with the lights.

The Christmas Kickoff will also include caroling by the Christmas carolers organized by Marie Nicholson, Gardnerville’s senior office assistant, the Sierra Bell Ringers, carriage rides and a visit from Santa.

“The Boys and Girls Club will be singing this year, as well,” said Louthan.

Gardnerville’s maintenance staff set up the lights display and will run security.

Dutch oven cobblers, apple cider, and hot chocolate will be served, as well as popcorn donated by Gardnerville Water Co.

The entire event is free.

“It’s just a fun time and a family event. You can enjoy it with your neighbors and friends,” said Louthan. “It’s an old fashioned Christmas.”

For more information, call 782-8027.