Western Heritage Festival at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center

May 5, 2013

The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center is sponsoring the third annual Western Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free to the public, drawing local and regional residents together to gain an understanding and appreciation of traditional Nevada arts and culture through experiential learning. The main festival events will occur in the Lillard Railroad Park and on the sidewalks of Victorian Avenue between 14th Street and Pyramid Way in historic downtown Sparks, Nevada.

Drawing from a rich heritage of ranching, railroading and mining, the Western Heritage Festival allows visitors to experience the unique diversity of northern Nevada and the Reno-Tahoe region. Performances by authentic cowboys such as Walt “Bimbo” Cheney, one of the original cowboy poets hailing from Elko, Nevada, and a Fiddlers Showcase are a few of the highlights. The line-up of western musicians, singers and fiddlers brings together some of the region’s most talented performers. Pow Wow drummers, the Eagle Wing Dancers, and a Folkloric Dance Troupe round out the entertainment for the afternoon.

On-going activities and demonstrations throughout the day, include saddle making, quilting, tule duck making, Native American basket making, spinning, blacksmithing, leather stamping, and many more.

Special Exhibits inside the Sparks Museum during the Festival are Timeless Treasures: A Celebration of Native American Culture and Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada.

The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center is located at 814 Victorian Avenue, on the corner with Pyramid Way and just off of I80. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Train tours are also available on Saturdays. For more information, call (775) 355-1144.

Source: Sparks Museum press release.

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