Loneliest Road in America Newsletter June, 2019

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Summer Events Heat Up Along The Loneliest Road
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The communities along Nevada's  Highway 50
have packed schedules for Summer 2019!

Snake Valley Celebrates Their Eleventh Annual Water Festival
June 6th-9th

Friends and supporters of Snake Valley will gather in Baker, Nevada, for the eleventh annual Snake Valley Festival to celebrate and raise funds in support of community preservation. All are invited to join in, and the festival h as something for everyone. Come out and experience a parade that welcomes anyone to become part of it, join the water fight at the playground, browse the silent auction, and enjoy some of the great food. Peer through the solar telescope to observe the sun or join the evening astronomy program at Great Basin National Park. 

An ice cream social and bingo at Baker Hall will kick of events Thursday night at Baker Hall lawn and nearby Baker Community Center.  Friday (from 6-9 pm) the Whispering Elms will offer a beer tasting party and a silent auction. All of the brews featured at the beer tasting are brewed with water from the Great Basin. Enjoy the silent auction (6-8:30 pm) with "premier" items.

Saturday includes of a host of activities promising something for everyone. The day will begin at 7 am with a pancake breakfast at Kerouac's Café in downtown Baker. The town parade, with a water theme, will start at 10 am and complete its circuit twice, lest any spectators blink and miss it. Activities continue with a community yard sale, food and craft booths, a book sale, a silent auction, bake sale, live music, kids' games, and a massive water fight. The day will culminate with a (5:30 pm) BBQ at the Border Inn.

Sunday, the festivities of officially end with the local Farmer's Market (from 9 - noon) located at the Church Pavilion.

For more information and a list of events, go to www.protectsnakevalley.org or e-mail
SnakeValleyFestival@gmail.com.  All proceeds from the festival events will benefit the Great Basin Water Network (www.greatbasinwater.net) to help protect the water and environment in eastern Nevada and the west desert of Utah.  For more information on the Southern Nevada Water Authority pipeline project, please visit  greatbasinwater.net.

Fears, Tears, & Beers 
Mountain Bike Enduro in Ely
Saturday, June 8th

This event is for mountain bikers by mountain bikers on some of the best terrain in the west.

With 14 Years of Racing History, Fears, Tears, and Beers is America's Oldest Enduro Bike Race. Starting out as a motocross format for racing, it got adopted by local converts to mountain biking and the rest is history. I mean really, who cares how fast you make it to the top, it's all about sending it on the way back home. 

Fears, Tears, and Beers is the annual fundraising event for Great Basin Trails Alliance. in partnership with Nevada Division of Forestry and BLM, GBTA is responsible for the building and maintenance of the non motorized multi use trails in the area. All money raised during this bike event is used for grant matches and expenses associated with reinvesting into our trail systems.

For more information, visit  elynevada.net  or call 775-289-3720.


Eureka County Fair
August 8-11, 2019 

The Eureka County Fair is a county favorite for all ages.

The Eureka County Fair is one of the largest and most popular events of the year! This family oriented rural fair that brings in a crowds of over 2500 people, and attendees spend the weekend competing, eating, playing, and shopping at this annual event. Eureka's highlight of the summer not only draws people from the community but it also brings people from surrounding areas. The Eureka County Fair is the place to be!

More information can be found at  co.eureka.nv.us/fair.htm
or call the Eureka County Fair Board at  (775) 237-6026.

Parade and Lions Club Free BBQ 
July 4th in Austin
The Main Street of Austin is filled with revelers during the 4th of July Celebration.

The Austin 4th of July celebration this year will include a parade, street events, and other special activities. At 10:00 am the parade begins at the Austin Museum and continues to the Bert T. Gandolfo Park. At 12:00 noon the Lions Club will be BBQing, and free hot dogs and hamburgers will be available. From 12:00 pm to 4 pm there will be a DJ and karaoke at the park presented by Mountain Sounds DJ. Old fashioned games including a sack race and egg toss will be held throughout the afternoon. Everyone, and all ages, are welcome! 

For more information, call The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce at 775-964-2200

De Golyer Bucking Horse
and Bull Bash  

June 29th in Fallon
The 6th annual bash will be held at the Fallon Fairgrounds 

Hosted by the De Gloyer family, this event began  at ground zero and has grown over the years to become a huge success. This is the sixth year of entertainment and family fun, and features bucking broncos, bull fighters, and a professional clown\barrel man! After the main events, the band, "Nevada Hazzurd" will play the night away with favorite country and rock jams!

For more information, call (775) 427-0228  or visit  degolyerbuckinghorseandbullbash.com.

Great Basin Star Train
Select Friday evenings throughout the Summer!

National Park Service rangers setting up for star gazing. 

For those of you who aren't fortunate enough to live up here in the Rural Inter-Mountain West, you are missing our breathtakingly beautiful night sky. For those of you who live in these parts, you may not have taken the time lately to stop and gaze at the Heavens. Either way, plan a special night out with those beautiful stars of ours. This area has one of the darkest skies in the lower 48 states which provides the setting for our wonderful night skies.

Nevada Northern Railway's Star Train pulls out of Ely on selected Summer evenings with the Dark Rangers of Great Basin National Park aboard. These rangers love the night sky as much as we all do, but they probably know a whole lot more about stars than all of us put together. They will guide us on our journey to find interesting things up in the Heavens on this journey. We will stop the train away from town to take full advantage of the dark night skies. The National Park Service Rangers will have special telescopes set up for viewing the night sky, and will be there to tell us all about it.

For more information, visit nnry.com
or call toll free, 866-40STEAM (866-407-8326) or  775-289-2085.