Chili cooks, crafters, vendors and volunteers wanted for sesquicentennial events

Carson City will turn 150 in August. To commemorate the birthday, the Carson City Sesquicentennial Committee is recognizing events throughout the summer as Official Sesquicentennial Events, culminating the weekend of Aug. 16.

The official Sesquicentennial weekend will include family events including a two day Coin Education Fair at the Nevada State Museum,

The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada's annual carnival from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and special events at the Carson City Library, The Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Roberts House.

The Museum Coin Fair will feature chautauquans Mark Twain, Kit Carson and Abe Lincoln. Gold panning, operation of Coin Press #1, and workshops for young coin enthusiasts will also be available. The Coin Education Fair will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17.

The historic Carson City Mint, located inside the Museum, will be stamping Sesquicentennial Medallions on Aug. 16.

The Museum will also conduct free tours of the State Capitol Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16. President Lincoln will greet all the guests there.

The celebration will culminate with the Carson City Sesquicentennial Birthday Celebration to be held in the Nugget Parking lot, and cutting of the Sesquicentennial Birthday Cake in the afternoon of Aug. 16 at about 3 p.m.

A giant "cupcake cake" will supply the sweet side of this event. Descendants of Carson City's founding families and early settlers will be present.

The Sesquicentennial Committee is seeking crafters, vendors, chili cooks and volunteers to participate in the carnival, or the Sesquicentennial birthday celebration, including a chili cookoff and craft fair, from noon to 6 p.m.

For a complete schedule, visit the Web site

If you want a booth at the birthday celebration or at the Children's Museum carnival, applications are at the same Web site.

The Sesquicentennial Committee is seeking donations and sponsors for the birthday celebration. If you are able to help with donations or sponsorship, contact Dana Lee Fruend at 775-881-7376 or; Maxine Nietz at 775-887-1294 or; or Melodie Masterson at 775-841-7423 or


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