SPARKS — Celebrate life in the West at the Sparks Heritage Museum’s second annual Western Heritage Festival on June 12.
This free outdoor event will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the museum, located on the on the corner of Pyramid Way and Victorian Avenue.
Traditions and skills are highlighted throughout the day in this fun for the whole family event. Cowboy poet Larry Maurice leads the show as master of ceremonies. Virginia City native Rich Elloyan’s western music depicts not only his love for Nevada and songs of the land, but as a he adds a unique perspective on the history of the developing west. Lenny Walker a real life train conductor takes us back to Sparks founding singing songs of railroad lore.
Children can get into the spirit with dummy roping and leather stamping. Demonstrators will be teaching handmade saddle making, lariat basket art, quilting, spinning, weaving and more. Jewelers and other artists and crafters display their wares while the wild burros and horses bring the country to town.
Go back in time with Azteca Aztlan dancing in colorful costumes, the Little Warriors drumming the Paiute beat and the Reno Promenaders square dancing to John Hall’s call.
As an added bonus the museum is currently featuring “Ellis Island: The Lost Mural” by Andrew Sabori.
This 19-panel, 84-foot mural depicts the role of the immigrant in the development of America. Regular admission fees apply: adults are $5 and children under 12 are free.
The Western Heritage Festival been sponsored by Nevada Humanities and the Nevada Art Council. The Sparks Heritage Museum is located at 814 Victorian Ave. For more information, call 355-1144.