CARSON CITY — The 41st annual Frontier Days festival will get underway today, May 30, through Sunday, June 2, in Carson City.
The weekend will begin, as always, with the Community Picnic at 5 p.m. today in Haradine Park. The picnic will feature a variety of family games beginning at 6 p.m. while the duck race will take place in Fish Creek at 6:30 p.m.
The Taste of Carson City: Let’s Get Ready To Crumble Cookie Contest will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the hot air ballon field. This year’s contest will have competitors baking their best version of a candy bar cookie. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to William-Sonoma and have their recipe features at The Muffin Top Bakery & Deli for a week.
A hot air balloon launch will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday with a balloon glow and a movie under the stars to follow. The featured movie will be “The Lorax.” The first 30 children age 10 or younger to attend the movie will receive a special Dr. Seuss-themed gift.
The Buckaroo Parade will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday. Frontier Days Queen Dakota Cheseboro will reign over the grand parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, along with her court, Junior Princess Anneliese Hummel and Princess Paige Fleisher.
Another hot air balloon launch will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, followed by a fireworks display.
The weekend will conclude with a hot air balloon fly-in at the launch field from 6 to 8 a.m. Sunday.
“It was the committee’s goal to plan and offer as much free family-friendly fun that we could this year,” said Frontier Days Committee President Amy Tasker. “We want to thank our sponsors for their generosity. Without them, the Frontier Days celebration would not be possible.”
“Our sponsors rallied together this year to offer the community many new and exciting events during the festival weekend,” added Vice President Robin Tyler.
For a complete schedule of events, search for “Carson City Frontier Days” on Facebook.