The Carson City Rendezvous, a celebration of 1850s life, offers something for everyone in city and out and comes to life June 13-15 at Mills Park on Highway 50 East.
It's the kind of hometown that has been enjoyed for 25 years by the whole city.
Everything whirls into action Friday from noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
There's enough going onto bring guest back all weekend.
Main Stage: free admission
• Friday night's Silver Rendezvous Concert in the Pony Express Pavilion features Dave Stamey, cowboy entertainer, and Richard Elloyan, singer-songwriter-cowboy-poet, and Michael Martin Murphey, America's No. 1 selling cowboy music singer. Tickets are available online at www.breweryarts.org.
• David John and the Comstock Cowboys appear Saturday night.
• Tom Hiatt & the Sundown Riders will play on both Saturday and Sunday.
The American West comes alive through gunfights, drama and the humor through mostly truestories of the Western past.
Mountain Man Stage/Gunfighter Stage
• Hot Two's performance of "Too Many Banjos!" serves up old-time music for dancing to reels, jigs and ballads of the pioneer days.
• Local favorite Sourdough Slim uses whimsical cowboy stories and a repertoire of classic Western songs. Karen Quest brings her vaudeville-style Western comedy show with trick roping, whip cracking, music and whatever strikes her mind.
Northern Nevada's famous old-time contra dance band, The Jig's Up, picks jigs, reels, hornpipes and waltzes with its fiddles, cowbells and guitars.
Native American Village
The Sage Spirit Dancers perform in colorful regalia dance to ancient drum rhythms; The Village also features hand-made original American Indian arts and crafts.
Dutch Oven Cook Off
Early-American camping techniques fin a competition, with demonstrations, classes and tasting of main dishes, breads and deserts.
Mountain Man Camp
Life of the early 1800s is depicted by experts throwing tomahawks and knives, making fire with flint and steel and loading muzzles rifles and pistols. The camp also offers music and storytelling from the settlement days and trade goods from that era.
Civil War Encampment
Civil War volunteers from throughout the West recreate history during the War Between the States with Union and Confederate Encampments.
Civil War Battleground
The sound and fury of Civil War battles and skirmishes are reenacted by soldiers in the blue and the gray with canons and battles.
Pueblo de Nevada
Spanish music and dance performances help bring Nevada's multicultural history to life.
Other activities include:
• Train Rides in a two-foot-gauge railroad or covered passenger car
• Horseshoe Tournament
• Stick Horse Rodeo, including barrel racing and guided trail ride, and the Holy Board toss for age groups 2-6, 7-10 and 11-13.
• Six-passenger, four-horse Stagecoach Rides
• Interactive Pioneer Games and Dances led by the BAC In Time Kids
• Old West Fashion Show
• Mercantile Store
• Camel Rides
• Pony Express Reenactment demonstrating how the mail made it from Missouri to Sacramento in the 1860s
• Crafts Fair featuring jewelry, clothes, carvings, pottery, toys and memorabilia
• Food Court serving up Indian tacos, barbeque, kettle corn, funnel cakes and traditional faire food
Most Rendezvous events are free to the public. For a complete events schedule and additional information, visit www.carsoncityrendezvous.com.