Truckee gears up for Snowfest events this weekend
The Truckee Railroad Regulators 601, the town’s own western reenactment group and nonprofit, and Visions Media Services will be trying to heat things up at this year’s SnowFest celebration with their first annual Truckee Salsa Challenge.”You know that salsa recipe you have that everyone has been telling you is so good? Well, we want you to get out there and make it for us,” said Capt’n Culpepper of the Regulators. “We’ll supply the chips and the cups, and we’ll even throw in some ice cream to cool you down.”Awards will be given for the best individual salsa recipe, as well as the best restaurant recipe. There will be a “people’s choice” award for the best salsa in all categories.While event goers mingle and munch, there will also be live music by Saddle Rash, ice carving, a taco cart from Taco Station and beer wagon from the Truckee Brewing Company, performances by the Regulators, as well as an ice cream eating contest for the kids.”We want everyone to have a great time,” Culpepper said. “This event is for people of all ages.”Truckee festivities will take place downtown at the Train Depot between 1 and 4 p.m. on March 2, following the SnowFest parade in Tahoe City. The regulators will be representing Truckee in the parade and serve as escorts for the SnowFest Queen and Princess the night before at Squaw Valley.”We like to say that it will be the most fun you can have with your boots on,” Culpepper said.Other local events that will be held throughout the week, from March 1 through 9, include:March 1:Southern Comfort Presents Vincent’s Ear at Tahoe Taps, sponsored by Brown-Forman.March 2:Jack Daniels Presents The Outback at Tahoe Taps, sponsored by Brown-Forman.March 3:Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Truckee Optimists at the Senior Center from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and all proceeds will benefit the senior meals program.The Great Ski Race from Tahoe City to Truckee (see sports, page C1).March 6:Regulators performance at Jack Daniel’s Wild West night at O.B.’s Pub & Restaurant starting at 6 p.m. Will feature blackjack games for Jack Daniels paraphernalia, Jack Daniels cocktails and a wild west menu. Leave your horse outside.March 7:Finlandia Vodka will be at the Bar of America.March 8:Southern Comfort Party at Tahoe Taps from 9:30 to midnight, sponsored by Brown-Forman.March 9:Snow Golf Long Drive from 10 to noon at Tahoe Truckee High School, pending snow conditions. Benefits the Truckee Boosters. Sponsored by Visions Media Services.Snow Softball Game at Tahoe-Truckee High School from 1 to 4 p.m., pending snow conditions. Benefits the Truckee Boosters. $3 to pay for umpires. Sponsored by Visions Media Services.Glowstick Parade at Tahoe Donner Downhill sponsored by Tahoe Donner Ski Area.Donner Ski Ranch Karaoke Contest, sponsored by Donner Ski Ranch.To register for the Salsa Challenge, fax your name, address and phone number to 587-4806 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Spots are limited to so register early. For more information on Truckee SnowFest events, please call Kandie Lineger at 587-8837.Also, see this week’s Tahoe.com supplement inside this issue of the Sierra Sun or on newstands throughout town.