Valley ushers in holiday |

Valley ushers in holiday

by Regina Purcell, Staff Writer

No one knows for sure how many people to expect for this weekend’s Minden holiday festivities.

But everyone agrees the events have something for everybody and they warn Carson Valley residents to arrive early to ensure front-row seats.

The events kick off Friday , Dec. 6 with the annual Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge #2670 10th annual Spaghetti Feed and Christmas Tree Bingo Party at the Minden CVIC Hall. It starts at 4:30 p.m. A Christmas tree lighting is planned at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 11. The event attracted a standing- room-only crowd last year as nearly 300 people attended.

The annual lighting of the Minden Park gazebo starts at 6 p.m., Friday, complete with free photographs with Santa Claus. Refreshments will be available. The Douglas High School Image Choir and drama class will perform at the free event.

Minden businesses added a Christmas Village and Gift Faire on Esmeralda Street, from 2 to 9 p.m., both Friday and Saturday.

The Christmas Village and Gift Faire feature nearly 30 booths with arts and crafts and homemade gifts.

Roxanne Stangle, owner of Tumblewind is a member of the Minden Downtown Merchants Association, which is sponsoring the Friday events and craft fair.

“We will have a lot of entertainment and the whole weekend looks good,” she said. “I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything falls into place.

“It will be a fun weekend. A good old-fashioned celebration and we want everyone to come down.”

Forecasters predict some winter weather coming in this weekend, but Stangle is optimistic.

“The worse weather we ever had brought in the best crowd,” she said.

She expects between 2,000 and 4,000 people will attend.

Lynn Janssen for the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Authority, which is sponsoring Saturday’s Parade of Lights, said she has no idea how many people will attend the events this weekend.

“I don’t think anybody counted last year,” she said. “I would just say lots of people are expected.

“Come early to get a good spot, I’d say,”

This year’s enhanced Parade of Lights is dubbed “Bright Lights for Frosty Nights” and will take to the streets Saturday at 5 p.m. More than 30 floats are expected, Janssen said..

The 7th annual Parade of Lights features floats, autos, animals, individuals DEanything that will move down the street D decorated with lights or illumination from battery packs, generators, flashlights, glow sticks, and more means. Organizations such as the 4-H, Cub Scouts, Division of Wildlife, American Cancer Society and various civic groups are expected.

Prizes will be given to the best organizational, business, individual, youth, animal and emergency services parade entries.

The parade starts at Lampe Park in Gardnerville and runs along Highway 395 to Minden Park.

Highway 395 will be closed from 4 p.m. and traffic will be diverted along Buckeye Road to Waterloo Lane.

On Saturday, the Carson Valley Arts Association is hosting an arts and crafts events for children at the CVIC Hall in Minden from 4 to 8 p.m. Santa and his llama are expected to entertain during the free event.

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