On Sunday, October 26, 2014, at the Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, Nevada, there will be a Pumpkin Palooza festival from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Take the kiddies to play carnival games, show off their Halloween costumes in the costume parade, race pumpkins in the pumpkin derby, compete in the pumpkin pie eating contest or the pumpkin seed spitting contest or the mummy wrapping contest, enjoy the live music and food vendors. There will be a marshmallow shooting range. Storytelling will take place in the ‘haunted’ Glendale Schoolhouse. Get your fortune told.
From the Pumpkin Palooza website:
“Last year, downtown Sparks played host to more than 5,000 people, enjoying good family time. And a heckuva lot of pumpkins! Please join us in thanking the sponsors who made this all possible! And mark your calendar for Sunday, October 26 for an even more exciting time!”
Admission to the festival is free, but you’ll need pocket money for many of the activities. See more details, derby rules, and photos from last year’s festival at the Pumpkin Palooza website.
Pumpkin Palooza is a harvest festival that benefits the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living.
There will be several fireworks displays in Northern Nevada celebrating July 4th in style. I’d much rather have people go see the professional shows than to get an accidental fire started due to people playing with illegal ones! It is just too dry to take the chance!
Carson City: after dark at Mills Park
Fallon: ~8:45-9 off Rattlesnake Raceway
Incline Village/Crystal Bay: after dark at Incline Beach
Reno: ~9 pm at Wingfield Park
Sparks: ~9:45 pm off the top of John Ascuaga’s Nugget
Tahoe City: at dusk on Commons Beach
Virginia City: after dusk in the Comstock Hills for 25 minutes
After 81 MPH wind gusts at 1:01 am this morning and almost 2 inches of rain since midnight came through, I am glad the storm was colder than expected and dumped snow instead of rain on Truckee, CA today. Yesterday evening we had 60-70+ MPH winds and 1.7 inches of rain by the time we went to bed. Even though lots of people prepared sand bags and moved household and warehouse goods, I am glad there was not the flooding damage that was predicted! The drainage ditch by us was ignored by streams of water flowing across the meadow – luckily on the other side of it from where our house is, so we stood and watched the swirling waters rather than running around worrying about our condition. The howling winds did a nasty job of pushing water under our front door and around four of the dining room windows. I’m glad we have lots of old towels! Here’s an article about the storm as printed in the Nevada Appeal.
Here are some pictures that I took of the rain, rainbows and snow around Reno yesterday and today:
I want WARMTH!!!! I cannot believe it is the second of June and it is snowing here in Reno! We had snow showers yesterday, too! I had planned to garden this whole week but it is too cold! – For me and the plants!! 39 degrees at 9 in the morning and right now at 10:50 am, it is 43 degrees – brrrrr! On the news last night, someone said we should change the name of this month to Junuary! THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMP IN RENO ON THE 2ND OF JUNE IS SEVENTY-EIGHT DEGREES.
The Marble Bluff Fish Passage Facility is located near Nixon, NV at Marble Bluff Dam, on the delta of the Truckee River where it ends at Pyramid Lake. The Cui-ui are spawning in large numbers this year. This endangered sucker fish is found only in Pyramid Lake in Nevada. There is a series of locks, ladders and bypasses to help the fish get up the Truckee River to lay their eggs. Jeff Delong of the Reno Gazette-Journal has a front page article With cui-ui thriving, the whole river teems with several great photos – one with a whole flock of white pelicans waiting for the fish to fly out of the water right into their mouths…well, almost! This year may be a record run thanks to all the winter snow we had.
There are several you-tube videos of the fish ladders from last year’s run. Here’s one. When it is done it will show you more choices as well.
The bright yellow of the feeder and the chests of the finches are a perfect match! They are feeding during a snowstorm in Reno, NV yesterday, 3/19/11. All the birds are gathering at the feeders! Yes! More picture opportunities! 🙂
It’s the first day of Spring! Yesterday’s snow was gone by the end of yesterday! This morning we woke up to as much snow and it kept coming down! Here are a few of today’s pictures. Today’s snow was wetter and heavier.
We woke up to more snow this morning than we anticipated when we got to town last Thursday night! Weather forecast obviously changed!! Have had several periods of time where we couldn’t see beyond the neighbor’s house across the street! Had a little over 3 inches, but most of it is already melted away!