Nevada Celebrates 148th Anniversary of Statehood

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada is celebrating its 148th anniversary of statehood with a three-day weekend, and most state and local government officers are closed Friday.

The main event is Saturday in Carson City, where the annual Nevada Day Parade takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. About 200 entries are in the parade, and politicians will be out in full force to work the crowds and try to garner last minute votes before Election Day.

The theme of this year's parade is "Honoring our military and families - past, present and future."

Saturday will also feature the annual chili feed at the Carson Nugget, a beard contest and rock drilling competition. The Governor's Banquet will be held Saturday night at Piper's Opera House in Virginia City.