Celebrating Northern Nevada's Heritage

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It's hard to imagine that way back when, barns, horses and wagons dominated Northern Nevada's landscape. On Saturday, some of the families who helped sow the seeds for that era reminisced about their roots.

Bluegrass and other folk music rang through South Reno all day during the Tribute to Nevada Rancher Tradition.

"Everybody came to listen," says Rick Sparks from the band "West Wind." "And that's always what your hope for."

Sparks and the rest of "West Wind" were one of five local artists on-hand.

"These guys are somewhat through music and poetry keeping (a) tradition alive," says Stuart Gordon, the Executive Director of the Family Counseling Service of Northern Nevada. "It's good to pass it on to their kids."

Gordon set up the event to raise money for kids who are victims of sexual abuse and other family-related programs. He says he hopes to make this an annual tradition.

The event also featured a salute to five families who helped shape Nevada's ranching tradition.

"They're telling stories about when they had a ranch where South Virginia is," says Gordon. "And about what is was like to be a cowboy and work for five dollars a day."

Richard Capurro represented one of the honored pioneers and says it's interesting to think back to how it all started.

"We've all gone off to do different things than farm or ranch," says Capurro. "It's nice to think back to our roots that started here."