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Mountain Times: What a great Fourth weekend

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

What a great Fourth of July weekend. The weather was perfect, people were in good spirits, and there was plenty to do.

I viewed the Truckee Fourth of July parade along with approximately 500 of our clients at Dickson Realty and I thought it was one of the longest and best in years. Over my 30-plus years of parade watching and seeing parade participants coming and going, the theme remains the same … pride of community and the spirit of the Fourth of July holiday.

The colors were aptly presented by the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and by Peter Cuttita and his group of horse mounted attendants. Truckee Fireand#8217;s Old No. 1 followed its tradition of leading the entourage of fire trucks and apparatus from the various fire districts and forest service around the area. Smokey Bear made his appearance (I believe it is actually a and#8220;herand#8221; inside), as well as long time entries that included the Renegade Fire Department, Railroad Regulators, Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band, Truckee Donner Horsemen Association, Truckee River Drill Team led again by Bill Palmer, Tahoe Donner Association, Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District, Contractors Association of Truckee, and many more. The parade was about an hour long, and included 54 entries.

During these troubled economic times, it is encouraging to see people gathering, enjoying each otherand#8217;s company, and to carry out traditions that are so important to the values and well being of our community and our country. Despite occasional grumbling that such holiday events may end due to lack of funding and organization … I say and#8220;bunk.and#8221; Our spirit is alive and somehow, some way, these simple traditions will continue and thrive.

Cannibal Cruise Car Show this weekend. One of the liberties we can take when we volunteer to write a column is to promote programs and events we support and/or are involved in. This weekend (Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon) the Truckee Optimist Club will be holding its 20th Annual Cannibal Cruise Classic Car Show at Regional Park in Truckee. All proceeds go directly to programs, sponsorships, grants and college scholarships for Youth of our area. Spectator entry is free. Car and Vendor applications are still available (call 582-9062 for information).

Friday Night will feature outdoor Bingo at the Regional Park for all ages with great prizes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $10 per set of cards for 10 games. There will also be a blackout game for $10 a card and the winner will win half of the pot for that game.

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Saturdayand#8217;s schedule will feature classic cars on display, craft and vendor faire, entertainment and games for all ages, BBQ, drinks, and music from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. Included will be performances by local groups, recorded and live music, vendor, a bounce house for the kids, and J. D. Hoss of 101.5FM Truckee Tahoe Radio will be the guest D.J. for the day.

Saturday nightand#8217;s Sock Hop will feature and#8220;Jan and the Studebakersand#8221; a popular Sacramento based band. This is a FREE concert open to the public and will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. All ages are invited.

Sunday morningand#8217;s and#8220;winner take alland#8221; Poker run will start at 9 a.m., last an hour and a half or more, feature seven great stops, and the holder of the best hand (seven-card stud) will win $500. Cost: $10 per hand (no limit), open to everyone (with or without a classic car), and registration at the park will be all weekend.

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.