Carson City’s 40th annual Frontier Days survives windy weekend

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 1:40 pm on Tuesday, June 05, 2012

From left, Ethan Henry, 3, Emily Buscemi, 7, Emily Henry, 7, and Elisabeth Buscemi, 5, chase after a Tootsie Roll candy that has been thrown from a parade float in the grand parade during the 40th annual Frontier Days festival at Carson City on Saturday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CARSON CITY — It was a windy and sometimes wet occasion at the 40th annual Frontier Days in Carson City this past weekend, but that didn’t stop people from attending and enjoying the local festival, all the way up until a fabulous fireworks show Saturday night.

For 5-year-old Corin Medler of Fenwick, the evening fireworks were the moment she had been waiting for.

“I just love the colors in the sky,” she said while waiting for the light parade of emergency vehicles to begin. “After the parade, I hope we can see lots of pretty fireworks.”

Fireworks Gallery

As the rain held off until well after midnight, Corin’s wish was granted.

Coinciding with the fireworks display, the Saturday festivities concluded with a special glowing show of some of the hot-air balloons that managed to inflate despite heavy winds that prevented any lift-offs or flying throughout the weekend.

Followed by glowing balloons, the fireworks ignited and lit up the sky.

“It’s just a fun time to spend with family,” said Corin’s aunt, Kelli Medler, whose family drove in from Trufant. “The fireworks, the lights from the trucks, it’s pretty special. We just came for the fireworks and the light parade. All the fire trucks that are in our county driving down the street, the kids just love it. Especially my nephew Nolan Medler, He’s only 2, but he just loves trucks.”

Parade Gallery

Earlier in the day, patrons enjoyed nicer weather for many of the festival’s regular events such as the car show, buckaroo parade, the grand parade and several merchant booths selling originally crafted items.

New to the event this year was the Rock and Roll K-9 Dog Show, which featured several dogs that performed throughout the day with their owners.

Dog Show Gallery

“We are so happy to be in Carson City for the first time,” said founding member Michelle Koons. “We travel all over the place and we hope the parents and kids who came out today really enjoyed the show.”

Ranging from obstacle courses to an entertaining game of musical chairs, the dogs competed against each other and entertained several crowds throughout the day before stronger winds and a bit of rain canceled the final show of the afternoon.

But despite the balloons failing to launch and many merchant shops closing  because of the inclement weather, it was evident by sundown how much people still enjoyed the annual festival, as children ran along the high school grounds and couples sat hand-in-hand until the final firework of the evening gave off the last boom of the night.

Balloons Gallery

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