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Our opinion: Y’all come back

Record-Courier editorial

Tomorrow is your last chance to attend Horse Shows In The Sun Tahoe.

The event – easily the best show in town for the past five weeks – concludes with a $100,000 grand prix which will be televised, further showcasing Carson Valley.

More than 2,000 spectators are expected for the Sunday afternoon performance at the showgrounds on Highway 395 north of Minden.

For five weeks, participants and spectators have stood long hours in the hot sun or under the striped tents to watch the action, learn a thing or two about horses and horse shows and welcome the people officials expected to pump $20 million into Northern Nevada’s economy.

Last September, when the idea first was under discussion, it was difficult to picture the farmland-turned-showground. At that time, HITS spokesman John Eickman told Douglas County commissioners, “By the time we leave, you won’t even know we’ve been here.”

This year’s inaugural HITS show was the first in a 10-year commitment by event organizers who hope each year will be more successful.

The show was a clean, quiet event that caused barely a ripple in day-to-day life in Carson Valley. HITS Tahoe brought people to the area who we hope will leave with good impressions and plans for many happy returns – just the sort of event every community hopes to attract.