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Time to put on your party hat

From the Tahoe World newspaper in Tahoe City

We’re guessing it’s going to be one whale of a party. So get yourself out there and enjoy it. That’s our official recommendation.

The Snow Festival, Part Deux; yeah, that’s the ticket.

Last year, a grassroots community effort was successful in reviving the 10-day celebration that had previously been known as SnowFest. The financially troubled two-decade-old event had appeared to be down for the count by the fall of 2002. That’s when a handful of determined residents refused to let it die without a fight. In fact, volunteer efforts pulled off last year’s celebration so successfully that it became one of the more memorable festivals in the event’s fabled history.

This time around, throngs of visitors and residents alike will be royally treated to more of the same- much more in many cases.

Squaw Valley USA officially launches the celebration Friday evening, with the kind of sensory overload that longtime patrons have grown to expect. Buckle your chinstraps for a first-class visual and audio experience featuring a torchlight parade, laser show, and a terrific display of fireworks.

Earlier in the day, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort will entertain what has been billed as the world’s largest gathering of ski-racing Rotarians. More than 400 club members and their families are expected, and you can bet the Rotary Club of Tahoe City will be well represented.

When the race day is done, the next stop should be at the Kiwanis Spaghetti Feed, where a hearty feast awaits at Squaw Valley’s Le Chamois from 5 until 7 p.m. Your $6 contribution will ensure that you’re well fed, and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that the local Kiwanians will funnel the profits right back into charitable causes within our community.

Plus (and this is quite a bonus), you’ll be strategically located for the onset of Squaw Valley’s evening of festivities.

There’s no need for us to provide a great deal of additional details here about Snow Festival 2004. Inside Action magazine (distributed with your Wednesday paper and free around town), you’ll find a 20-page pull out section that promises to tell you “All you need to know about where you need to go.” We hope you find that it delivers as advertised.

And by the way, say a special “thank you” to every Snow Festival volunteer you see during the next 10 days. Without them, this fantastic community event would not be possible.

This editorial first appeared in the Tahoe World newspaper in Tahoe City.


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