Ready for Carson Valley Days |

Ready for Carson Valley Days

by Caryn Haller
Shannon Litz

The bands are booked, the carnival is up and running, and the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club members couldn’t be happier.

The 2013 Carson Valley Days celebration hits full stride today with activities all around the Valley

“When you’re the overall chairman, you worry about it every day,” Tommy Lovell said. “We’re in a great place. I think weather permitting we’re going to have a great year. I’m looking forward to it.”

In Lampe Park, the carnival opens at 3 p.m., with live music from Rick Hays & American Steel starting at 7 p.m.

Rock and Roll cover band Deception plays behind Buckaroos Saloon for the Gardnerville street party, and the Carson Valley Art Association’s art show runs until 8 p.m. in the CVIC Hall.

The biggest change to the celebration this year is the layout of Lampe Park.

Children’s activities will be located by the baseball fields, while the music, craft booths, gun fighter show, and adult contests will be located by the pavilion.

“It looks like there will be more room and a lot more shade,” Lovell said. “That’s one thing that will help more with everybody.”

On Saturday, Highway 395 will shut down at about 7:30 a.m. for the Partnership of Community Resource’s walk, jog, run prior to the parade at 9 a.m.

The parade wraps up at around 11:30 a.m. when all attention turns to Lampe Park.

Along with the carnival, craft show and food vendors there will be arm wrestling, a horseshoe tournament, gunney sack and tricycle races, and live music from Big Bad Wolf and Huckle.

Sunday starts early with a grass volleyball tournament at 8 a.m.

The carnival, kids greased pole contest and Battle of the Bands begins at 11 a.m., and the women’s active 20-30 club take to Willow Creek at 1 p.m. for the Duck Derby.

This will be Lovell’s eighth year involved with organizing Carson Valley Days.

“Growing up here and being a member of the community, I enjoy giving back,”he said. “But it’s the community getting together one weekend a year that I enjoy the most.”

For more information, and a complete schedule of events, visit

To purchase ducks for the derby, visit