By LAURA ROBISON
Moapa Valley Days is back and bigger than ever. This weekend, March 11-12, several events will take place in the community through the combined efforts of Moapa Valley Revitalization Project (MVRP), Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce, Moapa Valley Rotary, Lost City Museum (LCM), and Moapa Valley Art. Guild (MVAG).
“We are working hard this year to join forces with other organizations to do something great together,” said MV Chamber President Bernie Conrique. “Unity is strength.”
The Chamber has coordinated with other groups, organized meetings and arranged insurance for local events.
Moapa Valley Rotarian Carol Bishop is hoping for great turnout and good weather for the valley-wide garage sale that will be held both days at community-wide sales.
“We hope everyone will come out and support Rotary in their garage sale, which will be held in the Lin’s Market parking lot,” Bishop said.
All items on this site are donated and funds raised from Rotary’s sale go directly to fund scholarships for graduates of Moapa Valley High School.
The MVRP will hold two separate events on Friday at its gift shop and visitor center located at 156 N. Moapa Valley Blvd in Overton. At 3 p.m., local historian Garren Fulmer will give a presentation. Then at 5 p.m., the crowds will be entertained by local cowboy poet Kenny Marshall and his friends.
“I’m so excited to be a part of this event after not having it for a few years,” said MVRP member Mary Kaye Washburn. “We look forward to many visitors coming to the valley and enjoying the festivities.”
On Saturday, Native American beliefs, values and traditions will be showcased at a cultural heritage exhibit and event being held at the Lost City Museum at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd in Overton. The Native American Day event begins with an exhibit that opens at 10 a.m. to celebrate an archaeologist from the 1920s to 1930s, Willis Evans, who was a Pitt River Indian. Museum staff worked with the Evans family to create an exhibit that honors their expertise in archeology at a time when few black, indigenous, and people of color were trained and worked as archaeologists.
This full-day heritage event includes free admission to the museum and dance performances from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hungry visitors can buy Indian tacos. Arts and crafts, jewelry and other items will be available for purchase directly from local vendors.
Through a local partnership, the Discovery Children’s Museum will host a children’s activity table.
“It’s our big annual event,” said LCM attendant Jesse Davie. “It is normally held in November, but due to different circumstances we have decided to wait until March which also brings better weather conditions.”
And to round out the weekend, the MVAG will host its annual Spring Art Show on Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Old Logandale School, 3011 N. Moapa Valley Blvd.
“We have something for everyone, including fine art, jewelry, handmade crafts and even a taco stand,” said this year’s MVAG President Aimee Potts. “Several artists and wonderful artisans will be there.”
Moapa Valley Days will blow the valley away this weekend. It will be a great weekend for residents to get out and enjoy the festivities.
Look for this year’s garage sale attendee printed card on page 3A.