Saturday events celebrate Nevada Day

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) While actual Nevada Day is not until Tuesday, many of the celebrations take place Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The 79th Nevada Day Parade will take place Saturday in Carson City. It is the largest and longest-running admission's day celebration in the nation. There will be floats, marching bands, horses and entertainers. The parade is expected to last 3 to 4 hours.

Parade activities will start at 8 a.m. with the hot air balloon launch. Another event kicking off at 8 a.m. is the Nevada Day Classic Run/Walk. More than 500 runners and walkers are going to be hitting the streets. Breakfast will be served and costumes are encouraged.

Then at 10 a.m., military craft will fly over the streets to signal the start of the parade. The parade will begin at the intersection of William and Carson streets and finish at 1 to 2 p.m.

The Nevada Day World Championship Single Jack Drilling Contest will start at 11:00 a.m. Contestants will have 10 minutes to pound drills into solid stone. The person who drills the deepest hole wins. The event will take place at the Carson Nugget Parking lot.

Senator Dean Heller's free chili feed will take place at noon. Everyone is invited to attend. It will be held at the upstairs banquet room at the Nugget.

At 2 p.m. the annual Nevada Day beard contest will be held at the Nevada State Capitol. Also happening at 2 p.m., tours of the governors mansion will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are planning to attend the parade, it is suggested to arrive early.