Truckee Thursdays a hit for historic downtown
Truckee Thursdays are a time for collaboration, exploration, and getting to interact with likeminded members of the North Lake Tahoe community.
“The first event went very well, considering the weather,” event manager Missy Konig said of the weekly event, which kicked off on Thursday, June 8.
“Shuttles brought people to and from the event, people enjoyed the band, the food court was busy and our vendors were great sports to sell in the rain.”
This year marks the event’s 10th anniversary and Mother Nature welcomed locals with one of her famous flash storms; though the resilient Truckee natives still enjoyed themselves at the event, even with a few drops coming down.
“The event’s been doing well, all we need is some sunshine and warmth,” said Ed Summers of Dress the Party, while greeting new and familiar faces at his vendor booth.
Firefighter and paramedic Nick Brown said it best by describing Truckee Thursdays as a fantastic event.
“This is one of the best events each year around here. The community comes together to take it easy, we get a chance to meet tourists and share information with fire preparedness with people,” Brown said.
Truckee Fire sells hats and T-shirts during Truckee Thursdays, which benefit nonprofit community programs including a high school scholarship fund and CPR programs.
Booths lined the street, bringing apparel, home wares, lifestyle products, live entertainment, and handmade treasures — and there are even more slated to join the festivities as the weeks roll on.
Local Christina Schwartz, her husband, baby, and dog were at the event having a nice time even though it could have been a bit warmer.
“We look forward to this every year, it’s our favorite event in Truckee,” she said.
One interactive and fun vendor was Tahoe University, where you can snap a polaroid with your street fair companions, shop cute apparel, and even enter for your chance to win a free flight to Truckee, around Tahoe or to the Bay Area.
Ten years in the making, Truckee Thursdays has grown to accommodate local families in new ways.
Last weekend was the first trial of their new beer garden setup, allowing folks to stroll the street closest to the transportation center, away from vendor booths, and main foot-traffic.
“Our first night trying the new layout that allows all ages at the stage and beer and wine in the food court was received very well,” Konig said.
Jason Christian works security for the weekly event, and said he always enjoys his time there, helping keep everyone safe.
“It’s always been fun, it’s not a tough job because everyone is respectful,” he said.
“Having the beer garden more family oriented also means people aren’t crowding around, drinking as much as they can anymore; now they’re enjoying the space.”
Dan Gaube of Art Naturally Speaking is a frequent Truckee Thursdays vendor, and said though this week was a little slow he has high hopes moving forward.
“It’ll be better next week, but this is cool because you still get the local feel and see all kinds of people out.”
Whether you’ve never been, or eagerly anticipate the rocking music, delicious food and interesting gifts; be sure to gather friends and family to join in the fun every Thursday in downtown Truckee.
“We are so excited to continue to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with the community,” Konig said.
Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.