Towns celebrate Independence Day |

Towns celebrate Independence Day

Minden Town Board member Bill Souligny turns a burger on the grill at Minden Park for the town's annual Fourth of July celebration.
Kurt Hildebrand |

Genoa, Nev. — Concertgoers had to settle for the tattoo of rain on rooftops with the occasional thunderclap after the Carson City Symphony canceled its appearance as part of the Genoa Americana Festival.

Rain showers hit the town in the morning, shutting down the sound system. More rain in the afternoon prompted the decision to call off the concert.

Organizer Sue Knight said most of the acts lined up for the festival performed, with Westwind replacing Center Street as the opening act.

Knight said the children’s parade and acts Sierra Silver Strings, Barbershop Express, Suspect Terrane and Richard Elloyan and Steve Wade performed during the day.

“Everyone kept looking at the Doppler radar,” Knight said.

She said she thanked one elderly couple who sat under the umbrella at the front of the stage the entire time.

“They were the true die-hards,” she said.

Of 450 chicken dinners prepared for the event, the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department sold all but 75. Genoa gave out half of the 1,000 programs printed for the event.

The Carson Valley Pops set up in Heritage Park for their first Fourth of July in Gardnerville in four years.

Until last summer, Gardnerville resident Holly Waters said she performed with the Carson Valley Pops.

“I’m here to show my support for them, and see this park that I’ve never been to,” she said of Heritage Park.

Indian Hills resident Marilyn Foster said she wasn’t worried about the rain.

“We’re close enough to make a run for it,” she said.

The travel columnist for the Carson City Chamber of Commerce said she enjoys the Pops, many of whose members are in the Carson City Symphony.

Minden didn’t need a flagpole or a symphony to attract hundreds of people to its annual celebration.

They were barbecuing for 1,000 people, according to Town Board Chairwoman Roxanne Stangle.

Stangle said the town started its celebration early in deference to the weather.

Scores of tykes on bikes circled Minden Park as part of the annual bicycle parade.

Nevada Magazine made presentations to both towns in honor of their receiving the Tour Around Nevada reader’s choice for award for best towns.

Stangle said the magazine did two covers, one with a picture of downtown Minden listing the towns as Minden-Gardnerville, and one with a picture of downtown Gardnerville, listing them as Gardnerville-Minden.

“That was really nice of them,” she said.