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SnowFest gears up for more Tahoe events

Tahoe City’s annual 10-day winter carnival is shaping up to be larger than in recent years.

SnowFest Operations Manager Pam Pokorny said 60 events are slated to take place between Feb. 29 and March 9. The 2007 event had only 32, she said.

The annual Tahoe City parade will be larger than in recent years and slightly faster moving, said spokeswoman Karen Willcuts.

“We have more than 40 entries, and a large number are floats,” she said.

Many of the regular parade participants, like the Vulcans, the Miners and the North Tahoe and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts will participate, Willcutts said, but some new entries will make their way down North Lake Boulevard as well.

“There is a big group coming out from Wisconsin, called the Pirates of Tahoe,” Willcuts said.

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The Wisconsin natives attended last year’s parade and were so enchanted with the events they decided to enter this year.

A returning entry will be the coalition of some of the largest excavation companies in the area, said participant Matt Daniels, owner of Tahoe Marine and Excavating.

This year Daniels and crew will parade the “oldest and the newest,” excavators in Tahoe City, he said.

A 1942 Willys Jeep, still running and belonging to the late Bill Bechdolt, will accompany Daniels’ 2007 CAT 950H “-a 49,000 pound vehicle that he uses to remove snow from local businesses and roadways.

He said Bechdolt, a long-time local, used to plow his Tahoe City business with the Willys.

Organizers of the parade have named Bill and Fritzi Briner as the Grand Marshals.

“Grand Marshals are chosen, in part, for their contributions to the community,” Willcuts said in a news release last week.

The Briners have lived in the area for over 60 years, according to Willcuts.

Organizers expect to have 2,000 spectators for the parade scheduled for Saturday, March 1. The parade will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at which time Highway 28 will be closed to motorists along the route, which progresses west on North Lake Blvd. from the Lighthouse Shopping Center to the intersection at the wye.

-Andrew Cristancho/Sierra Sun