SPARKS — Celebrate the Nevada sesquicentennial the first weekend in October with the Western Heritage Festival, sponsored by the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, Saturday, Oct. 4. The festival, an official Nevada 150 event, draws on Nevada’s innate Western traditions of mining, ranching and railroading as a journey through 150 years to honor Nevada’s statehood and takes place on Victorian Avenue in front of the Sparks Museum, the Train Depot and Saint Mary’s amphitheater.
The following is the performance schedule:
Friday, Oct. 3
6 p.m. Chris Bayer Gold Rush Mining Songs of the Far West, Sparks Museum and Cultural Center
7:30 p.m. Randy Brooks and Rick Sparks with Jimmy Ruggiers, Cantina Los Tres Hombres
8 p.m. Mountain Girls, Great Basin Brewery Co.
Saturday, Oct. 4
Performances taking place at Great Basin Brewing Co.:
12 p.m. Silver State Fiddlers
12:45 p.m. Cowboy Poetry
1:15 p.m. Sourdough Slim
2 p.m. Mountain Girls
3 p.m. Sierra Sisters
4 p.m. Southwestern Pilgrimage
Performances taking place at Cantina Los Tres Hombres:
12 p.m. Mountain Girls
1 p.m. Sierra Sisters
2 p.m. Cowboy Poetry
3 p.m. Sourdough Slim
4 p.m. Silver State Fiddlers
The festival is rounded out by demonstrations, folk life programs, antique tractors and engines, vendors, made-in-Nevada crafts and historical displays including the SP 132 City of Sparks Railroad Business Car. Join in the celebration of Nevada’s culture with the free family event Oct. 4 in Victorian Square.
For more information visit www.westernheritagefestival.org or call 775-722-0109.