Dayton Valley Days set for this weekend

The Karson Kruzers are coming, the craft vendors are ready, and 3,500 people are expected at the 15th annual Dayton Valley Days.

The weekend includes two parades, music, an art show and craft vendors. Lyon County Sheriff's Search and Rescue is organizing the event for the third year, said coordinator Patty Polish.

"The money is used to help Search and Rescue and for the restoration of old town Dayton," she said. "Last year, we wrote a check to help with the purchase of the Dayton Depot; and this year, we helped supply cables for the banners across Highway 50."

The parade, which centers around the theme "Why Soar With the Eagles When You Can Dine With the Buzzards," starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.

"We really try to make this a community, family-oriented event, and we try to do anything we can do to help the community," Polish said.

The street dance starts at 5 p.m. on Pike Street, featuring music by Stand Upright. The barbecue, which features pork tri-tip, potato salad and beans, costs $7.50.

"We have entertainment, cloggers and wagon rides," Polish said. KOH radio personality "Dave Preston will be broadcasting live from 8 a.m. to noon and KBUL from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday."

Dayton Valley Days started in 1989 as a fund-raiser for the artist-in- residence program at local schools. Four years later, the focus shifted to raising money to restore historic buildings downtown.

One of the town's biggest events, it showcases the part of town that dates to the mid-1800s.

Schedule of events:

All the events are in Dayton's historic district, unless otherwise specified.


7 a.m. -- Kiwanis pancake breakfast

8 a.m. -- Vendor booths open

9 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. -- silent auction

9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. -- Boy Scout climbing wall and Child Find

9 a.m. -- Assembly of pinewood derby cars begins

10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. -- art show

10 a.m. -- parade

10 a.m. -- 3 p.m. -- United Blood Services takes donations

11 a.m. -- 6 p.m. -- Karson Kruzers Show-n-Shine

11:30 a.m. -- Wagon rides, continuing throughout the day

12:00 -- Cloggers

2 p.m. -- Scavenger hunt and coffin races

5 p.m. -- 8 p.m. -- barbecue, street dance

8 p.m. -- Fire dancers


7 a.m. -- Kiwanis pancake breakfast

8 a.m. -- Walk/run at Dayton Park

8 a.m. -- 2 p.m. -- Carson-Tahoe Hospital wellness check at the Community Center

9 a.m. -- Pinewood derby

9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. -- Child Find

10 a.m. -- Pet parade

11 a.m. -- 3 p.m. -- United Blood Services takes donations

11 a.m. -- Children's games begin

11:30 a.m. -- Wagon rides

4 p.m. -- Wheel barrel full of goodies raffled


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