Truckee Winter Carnival revival coming
History repeats itself this year with the return of a historic winter celebration ” the winter carnival. The 2005 Truckee Winter Carnival will take place from Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 20.
Truckee Winter Carnival has roots as far back as 1894 when two of Truckee’s leading citizens began discussions about revitalizing Truckee’s economy following the downturn in the local lumber industry. Stewart McKay and Charles McGlashen persuaded locals that the future of the town lay in tourism.
Their pioneering efforts resulted in the construction of the first Ice Palace, an ice-covered structure that housed an oval ice rink inside. The Ice Palace became the cornerstone for the winter celebrations. In addition to the Ice Palace, nearby Hilltop provided ample opportunity for toboggan rides, sledding and sleigh rides. The celebration also offered fireworks, a decorated downtown and later, ski jumping and ski races. Each year the celebration grew with locals from Truckee, Donner Lake welcoming visitors from Reno, Sacramento and the Bay Area riding the Southern Pacific trains to enjoy the festivities.
This historic past is the foundation for the revival of the modern day Truckee Winter Carnival.
Truckee resident and event organizer and founder Kandie Linegar said she envisions the winter celebration merging the past and present. While the Truckee Winter Carnival is a project she is creating primarily on her own time and dime she is enlisting the help of local businesses, groups and volunteers with the hope of creating a community event.
“The ultimate goal of the carnival is to celebrate our rich heritage, establish an annual winter celebration for Truckee, building on events from year to year and raising money for local nonprofits,” Linegar said.
Funds raised will build a scholarship fund created by the Truckee Winter Carnival Heritage Foundation.
A variety of events will take place throughout the 10-day celebration. Each event will offer locals and visitors an opportunity to get involved, get out in the snow and have fun. The roster of events includes a parade March 19, along with a street carnival, flapjack breakfast, ice carving contest, inter-active murder mystery dinner, at Cottonwood ” in which participants are part of the plot to solve the murder ” sled pulls, toboggan races and Law Enforcement challenge and more. Local businesses and resorts are adding to the calendar. Northstar-at-Tahoe is hosting their annual Great Chef’s Race and Gourmet Nordic Tour during the Truckee Winter Carnival.
For information on the 2005 Truckee Winter Carnival, contact Linegar 587-8837.
” Historical information taken from submissions to the Sierra Sun by historians Guy Coates and Gordon Richards, Truckee Donner Historical Society.