Sherry Rupert, Jack Waggon grand marshals for parade |

Sherry Rupert, Jack Waggon grand marshals for parade

Teri Vance
Special to the Nevada Appeal


WHAT: 77th annual Nevada Day parade

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Downtown Carson City

The big picture

The Nevada Day committee is hosting a photo shoot Saturday morning dubbed, “The big picture.”

“We want to show the last time the Nevada Day parade will be on a four-lane highway,” said Dana Lee Fruend, marketing director for Nevada Day. “Next year, it will be down to two.”

City leaders and other officials will gather at 8:30 a.m. beneath the Nevada Day banner. Fruend said all downtown business owners and influencers in the downtown remodel are invited to participate.

“The more the merrier,” she said.

Nevada Day’s official ambassadors, the Naughty Tea Mistresses, a theater troupe that portrays historical women of Nevada, will also be in the photo. They will also be greeting parade-goers along the route.

Fruend said the committee is wrapping up final details of the celebration of the state’s admittance to the union. There will be 69 vendors and 185 entries in the parade.

“We are actually ahead of schedule this year,” she said. “It’s a miracle.”

Between Nevada Day and Halloween, Carson City is gearing up for a busy holiday weekend. Trick-or-treating takes place tonight in Carson City.

RSVP’s 30th annual Nevada Day Fair runs from noon to 9 p.m. today and Saturday; and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. All-day ride wristbands cost $30 each. Discount coupons are available for $5 at This year’s carnival also includes Days of Service events — a food drive for FISH and police information; veterans services; and support group suicide prevention booths — from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A blood drive is from 1 to 5 Saturday. To make an appointment, call Anita Moreno, 775-687-4680, ext. 110. Nevada Humane Society is offering free identification chips from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Blinky Man, a costumed night bike ride, is from 5:30 to 10 p.m. today. Meet at the Firkin & Fox, 310 S. Carson St., and continue to The Tap Shack, The Feisty Goat, Governor’s Mansion, Living the Good Life, and other locations.

Games and face painting are offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at a Nevada Day party at the Carson City Pumpkin Patch at Red Horse Ranch, 4849 Cochise St. Call 775-291-7631.

Trick-or-treating in Carson City is today. Halloween at the Governor’s Mansion also is today.

The Downtown Business Association’s Candy Crawl is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in downtown Carson City. Go to

Carson Mall’s Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat event is from 3 to 5 p.m. today.

Children are invited to dress up for trick-or-treating at the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada’s Safe Halloween Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Admission is free for adults and $5 per child. Call 775-884-2226.

History buffs can take a look at the history of Carson City’s east side during the annual East Side Tour, led by Nevada Day Parade Director Bernie Allen. The free tour begins at 10 a.m. today at the Capitol steps. Call Allen at 775-883-7264.

Check out Nevada State Museum’s newest exhibit — Ranching in the High Desert: Five Generations, One Family — when the museum offers free admission from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Call 775-687-4810.

Take a ride on the McKeen Motor Car at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, which is offering free admission Saturday and Sunday. Rides cost $8 for ages 12 and up and $4 for children 4-11 and museum members. Call 775-687-6953, ext. 237.


Sage, the College Saving Desert Tortoise, Treasurer Dan Schwartz and representatives from the Nevada Treasurer’s Office will be at the Nevada Day Parade as part of the Treasurer’s bus tour across Nevada. Stop by the north end of the Legislature, between the Legislature and the Capitol, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet Sage, learn more about the college savings plans offered through the Treasurer’s office and pick up goodies.

Nevada Builders Alliance’s annual Nevada Day breakfast is from 6 to 10 a.m. at Red’s Old 395 Grill. The buffet breakfast costs $6 per person.

Carson City Republican Women’s annual pancake breakfast is from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Governor’s Mansion. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Call Mary Burgoon at 775-315-0993, or go to

Weather permitting, hot air balloons will float above Carson Street and open parade day when they launch with the help of the Great Reno Balloon Race at 8 a.m. near the Carson Mall on Carson Street. Call Stephen Lincoln at 775-841-1000.

Prizes for fullest, reddest, whitest, blackest and scruffiest beards, as well as best salt and pepper beard and best groomed beard, and most bearded community will be at stake in the Nevada Day Beard Contest immediately following the parade in the south parking lot of the old Citibank building, 308 N. Curry St.

Carson and Mills Park Railroad train rides every 30 minutes from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Go to

Hot dogs and chili will be given away until supplies last during the parade in Carson Plaza Hotel & Event Center’s upstairs Sierra Room, 801 S. Carson St.

The Carson Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons will host a pancake breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. in the Lodge dining room, 113 E. Washington St. The cost is only $5 and the proceeds benefit Carson Lodge’s Historical Building Maintenance Fund and Carson Lodge’s youth organizations. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, orange juice and coffee. For more information, contact Secretary Mike Williams at Carson Lodge No. 1 at 882-3931.

More than 400 runners and walkers will participate in the annual Nevada Day Classic 8K Run and 2 Mile Run/Walk. A benefit for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the race precedes the parade at 8 a.m. at the corner of Telegraph and Curry streets. Go to, or call Steve Lang at 775-720-7704.

The 41st Annual Nevada Day World Championship Single Jack Drilling Contest is at 11:05 a.m. in the Carson Nugget’s west parking lot. Entry costs $50.

The 34th annual Nevada Day Chili Feed will be hosted by Senator Dean Heller and will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Carson Nugget Ballroom.

Old-fashioned band music will fill the Amphitheater of Carson City’s Legislative Mall as Capital City Community Band — opening its 38th season — will present its free Nevada Day concert at 2 p.m. Call Richard Doede at 775-883-2219.

Tours of the Governor’s Mansion, 606 N. Mountain St., are offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 775-687-3000.

FamFest, a family-friendly fun zone on Curry Street near Telegraph Square, will offer food, vendors and live music by Trippin’ King Snakes from 3 to 6 p.m. and Double Shot from 3:30 to 6 p.m. FamFest includes a roller derby demonstration by Carson Victory Rollers at 3 p.m.

Representing this year’s Nevada Day theme, “One state, many cultures,” Native American advocate Sherry Rupert and Old West actor Jack Waggon are sharing the title of grand marshal of Saturday’s parade.

Rupert — whose husband’s great-grandfather, Henry Moses Rupert, was the first American Indian grand marshal — will be the first female American Indian to marshal the parade.

“It’s an amazing thing to be recognized for your work and for our culture,” said Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission. “I feel strongly about women in leadership, and it’s so needed in our society and in our tribal community to have role models young people can aspire to.”

Waggon, 56, grew up in Carson City but pursued a law-enforcement career in Pennsylvania before moving back to Nevada’s capital in 2011 to focus on acting.

“It’s really an honor to be selected as grand marshal,” he said. “We need to hold on to our culture and our heritage. Nevada really has so much going on.”

Rupert, whose office is in the old Stewart Indian School, is working to restore the historic boarding school, where about 30,000 American Indian students attended from 1890 to 1980. She will ride in the parade on a float with alumni from the school.

“I always have believed our Creator put me here to make a difference for the Indian people and to help bring healing and renewal to Stewart Indian School,” she said. “I’ve felt this overwhelming responsibility to tell this story and to find others who would help me.”

Waggon remembers accompanying his grandfather Wayne Cutlip, who was a wrangler and horse trainer for the motion picture industry in the 60s and 70s, working on many Western classics, including, “The Cowboys,” “Chisum” and “Duel at Diablo.” The first Nevada Day parade he attended was in 1964 when Lorne Greene and Michael Landon marshaled the parade during the height of popularity of the Western television series, “Bonanza.”

The time is serendipitous, he said, as his own frontier Western television show, “Big Sky,” in which he plays a town gunsmith, is expected to have a pilot by next fall.

He also plays with theater troupe Bad Billy Mayfield and his Gang of Outlaws, which stages regular performances at the Virginia and Truckee Railway depot.

Nevada Day is an extension of that culture he works to keep alive.

“If you’ve spent any time in Nevada, Nevada Day is a big celebration for you,” Waggon said. “It’s a celebration of ourselves.”

Rupert, 49, was born in Carson City and raised in Douglas County. She said it’s fitting for American Indians to be recognized for their significance to Nevada.

“American Indians were the first peoples in the nation and the first peoples in the state,” she said. “We’re not just important in a historical context, but for the work we’re doing now and the possibilities for the future. We’re relevant here and now.”

2016 Nevada Day Parade Grand Marshal

Bernie Allen, who has served as the Nevada Day parade director for 12 years, has been selected as the 2016 Nevada Day parade grand marshal.

“It’s great,” he said. “I am so touched that the board unanimously wanted me to be the grand marshal.”

A Carson City resident since 1941, Allen attended his first Nevada Day parade in 1946 as an 8-year-old.