Family events big focus of 2014 Red Whit eand Tahoe Blue fest |

Family events big focus of 2014 Red Whit eand Tahoe Blue fest

“Family fun” is an overarching theme among many of the 25-plus events on tap for the upcoming Red White and Tahoe Blue celebration.

From educational hikes, to coloring and ice cream eating contests, to a Community Fair filled with things to do and see, RWTB 2014 a must-not-miss holiday on Lake Tahoe’s north shore.

The celebration kicks off on July 3 at 10 a.m. at The Potlatch in the Raley’s Center with the popular Patriotic Chalk Drawing Contest.

Kids of all ages are supplied with free chalk and a square spot in the parking lot. To sign up and save a space, call 775-833-2485 or stop by The Potlatch at 930 Tahoe Boulevard.

Once the contest is over, families can head over to the Third Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest, Bubble Making and Face Painting event at Susie Scoops and Village Toys at 969 Tahoe Blvd.. All of the festivities start at 2 p.m.

This event will showcase a new partnership with Incline Village Library staff who will be on site to host educational experiments for children young and old.

Whether you like to hike or bike or just enjoy a good-old-fashioned barbecue and local music, Tunnel Creek Station is set to get families out on the trails and into the hills to enjoy a vigorous bike ride or easy and educational hike through some of the region’s most historical territory along and across the Incline Flume within the Toiyabe National Forest.

The Station’s Hike, Bike & BBQ on July 3 is a fundraiser for the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Historical Society.

Advance tickets are available on-site and include the Bike & Barbecue for $30; Hike & Barbecue for $25; or a Barbecue-Only ticket at $20.

Families also are encouraged to participate in the traditional Flag Retirement Ceremony on the Hyatt Regency Beach that starts at 8:30 p.m. July 3.

This formal retirement of “Old Glory” is sponsored by the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans Club and is facilitated by Boy Scouts of America Troop 37 and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.

On Friday, July 4, throughout the day, the community will host many family events, including the Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek, Optimists Carnival and Parachute and Rescue on Incline Beach.

On July 5, RWTB continues with a fun-filled day of festivities that start with the annual free Pancake Breakfast the Main Fire Station.

Other highlights include the Kids Parade and Tahoe Salutes our Heroes Parade, annual Community Fair and Art Show, free Ice Cream Social, Doggie Dress-Up Contest and the annual Rubber Duck Races at Incline Beach.

Access to events on Incline Beach requires an IVGID Photo Identification Card or Recreation Punch Card.

For details, visit or call Executive Director Lee Weber Koch at 775-298-1010.

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