Snowfest is coming next weekend, and here’s a preview of planned events. Don’t miss our complete SNOWFEST 2001 program, which will be included in next week’s Sierra Sun!

Truckee has many Snowfest events

Mark your calendars for Feb. 24, the day Truckee joins in the 20th annual Snowfest celebration.

Truckee festivities will include an ice carving demonstration, old west re-enactments by the Railroad Regulators, a dance and melodrama.

Snowfest 2001 begins Feb. 23 and runs through March 4.

Truckee will be represented at the Snowfest parade on Feb. 24 by the Railroad Regulators of Truckee riding in their Wild West jail, complete with outlaws, rustlers, lawmen, fast women and faster guns. The parade will be held in Tahoe City beginning at 11 a.m.

After the parade, between 2 to 5 p.m., the Railroad Regulators will return to Truckee, where they will be keeping law and order. There will be re-enactments of shoot-outs, jailbreaks and “other goin’s on” throughout historic downtown Truckee.

From 4 to 6 p.m., don’t miss the Truckee ice carving demonstration. George Torassa, the executive chef of the Napa Valley Cooking School, and his students will expertly carve several ice blocks into amazing creations for all to see. The ice carving demonstration will be held in front of the Chamber office at the historic Train Depot on Donner Pass Road, and the carvings will be on display into the night.

The ice carving demonstration is sponsored by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Alpine Country Lodge, Donner Lake Village, the Holiday Inn Express, the Inn at Truckee and the Truckee Tahoe Inn.

The Truckee Downtown Merchants Association will be holding the drawing for their 2001 winter raffle at 5 p.m. at the ice carving demonstration. Win a trip for two to Cabo San Lucas for four days and three nights and many other prizes. Purchase your raffle tickets today for $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20 from any downtown merchant or at the Chamber office. For more information regarding the merchants’ raffle, contact Jenelle Potvin at (530) 587-4444.

Starting at 7 p.m., the Railroad Regulators will be sponsoring a dance and melodrama at the Truckee Community Center. The band for the dance is Saddle Rash. The dance and melodrama will have fun for all ages. Soft drinks, food, beer and wine will be available for sale. Tickets to the dance will be available in advance or at the door. For more information regarding the dance, contact Josh Susman of the Railroad Regulators at (530) 587-4810.

For a complete listing of events during the 20th Annual Snowfest or for more information call Festivals at Tahoe at (775) 832-7625 or check their website at

Snowfest Queen to be coronated

The Snowfest Queen coronation will be held Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Tahoe Marina Clubhouse in Tahoe City at 6 p.m.

The 2001 Snowfest Queen and two princesses will be crowned after all of the candidates are introduced.

The Snowfest Queen and her court are judged on scholastic achievement, community service, raffle ticket sales and interview skills.

The Snowfest Queen competition is directly tied to the Snowfest raffle program. North Lake Tahoe and Truckee area high school-age candidates are sponsored by local nonprofit organizations. Together they sell Snowfest raffle tickets as a fund-raising vehicle; 50 percent of revenues go directly to the nonprofit organizations. Spectators are encouraged to attend this free public event.

For more information, call (775) 832-7625.

The Great Race is March 4

Now in its 25th year, The Great Race has grown into the largest cross-country ski race in the West. Sponsored by Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, the 30-kilometer event will be held on Sunday, March 4.

You don’t have to be a serious racer to compete. Those in good shape and of intermediate ability can test themselves. The race course covers scenic terrain and spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

Proceeds from the race help support the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Race funds generated are used primarily to purchase equipment and to support winter survival and avalanche education programs conducted by the Team.

Registration forms can be downloaded from or picked up at Tahoe Cross-Country. Entry fee includes t-shirt, party and raffle. For more information, call 583-5475.

Dogs run wild at Snowfest events

Don’t miss Snowfest’s “Dress Up Your Dog Contest” and the “Monster Dawg Pull.”

Sponsored respectively by the Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation and the Naughty Dawg Saloon and Grill, these canine competitions could be called the Super Bowls of dog contests.

The dog challenges promote responsible pet ownership and active healthy lifestyle while giving dog lovers the opportunity to witness some of the most amazing “dog-letes” on the planet.

The Dress Up Your Dog Contest was started in 1983 by veterinarian Dr. Greg Townsley and the Agate Bay Animal Hospital. Man’s best friend is costumed and entered in categories such as Most Like A Rock Star, Looks Like A Famous Person, Best Group Act, Most Original, and Looks Most Like Owner.

Registration begins Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m., at the Kings Beach Elementary School. This event is a howl of a good time. For more information call 775-833-2319.

The Big Dog Dish of canine competition, the Monster Dawg Pull, takes place Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in front of the Naughty Dawg Saloon. Originated in 1995 by Naughty Dawg owner Laurie Jean Shaw, the events breeds bragging rights for muscular dogs and their proud owners alike. Harnessed to a weighted sled proportional to their weight and size, pooches negotiate a set course against the clock. The dog with best overall time is crowned the Big Dawg and receives prizes and adulation.

The $15 entry fee benefits the Pet Network of North Tahoe. Preregistration must be completed by 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. There is no registration day of the event. Each entrant receives a doggy bandanna and treats. For more information call the Dawg at 581-3294.

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