South Tahoe Launches Summer with Boats and Bikes

STATELINE (AP) - Lake Tahoe is kicking off its summer this weekend with a party that will shut down U-S 50 for the first time since New Year's Eve so crowds can watch motorcycle stunt jumpers make their vaults between the south shore's towering hotel-casinos.

There also will be a beauty pageant, live entertainment, food booths and cycle and hot rod displays, all following the annual sternwheeler race on Tahoe between Nevada's M-S Dixie-two and California's Tahoe Queen.

On land, U-S 50, one of the key links between northern Nevada and Northern California, will be closed through the south shore casino corridor from nine this morning until five p-m. Traffic will be routed around the half-mile closure on roads that pass both north and south of the high-rise resort casinos.

Backers hope to make the extended block party an annual event, underscoring the end of Tahoe's ski season and the beginning of its swimming, bicycling and golfing period.

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