By WESLIE GRAHAM
Moapa Valley Progress
The festival has been posted on a calendar along with all other Nevada 150 events including Nevada Day parades and other celebrations that can be found at https://www.nevada150.org/events-calendar/.
Tying into the heritage and cultural aspects of Nevada as required by Nevada 150 events, the festival is observed over Nevada Day weekend “to celebrate a pioneer southern Nevada community.” Urban dwellers from all over the region are invited to come and enjoy “a nearby small town experience for a day or two,” according to the NV150 Official Event Designation Application.
According to event organizer Rik Eide the recognition will bring more notoriety to the event.
“It legitimizes the event within the state of Nevada and gives it state-wide exposure,” he said.
The festival will feature the Southern Nevada Bluegrass Society and is certified as an official “State of Nevada Championship Barbecue” event as recognized by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. The Barbecue Cook-off will offer a $5,000 prize purse.
Other activities and events include Paradise Amusements Carnival and a community Trunk or Treat for children. Kids 12 and under will receive free admission to the festival on Oct. 31 with the donation of two non-perishable food items that will contribute to the Cappalappa Family Resource Center food pantry.
Eide said that vendors are still calling in and that participation is looking good.
“All in all I think it’s going to be a good deal,” he said.
Presale tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Lin’s Marketplace, Overton Ace Hardware, Wesley’s Chevron Logandale, AM/PM Glendale and Mesquite Ford in Mesquite. The cost of tickets at the gate is $8.
Major sponsors of the festival include American Family Insurance, AM/PM Glendale, Wesley’s Chevron, Moapa Valley Progress, Eureka Hotel and Casino, Camp Chef, Moapa Valley Revitalization Project and Sugar’s.