Farmers markets, Reno, Sparks, Nevada
With summer on the way, farmers markets are popping up throughout the Reno and Sparks area, and at other locations around our region. You will enjoy the fun atmosphere and finding fresh fruits and vegetables to perk up your meals.

In Sparks, 39 North Marketplace, which is a combination farmers market, festival, and food education event, is back for another year at Victorian Square. In Reno, the big downtown farmers market is now held at the Sands Regency on Arlington Avenue. This one will have a kids’ area, cooking and canning demonstrations, and entertainment.

In addition to Nevada grown produce, you’ll find lots of goodies from California that don’t grow on this side of the mountains. Farmers markets are fun for families, many featuring free entertainment and lots of things for kids to do. Get more information from “Farmers Markets around Reno and Sparks,” which also includes regional areas like Fernley, Fallon, north Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Dayton, etc.

The 2017 Nevada State Fair will be at Mills Park in Carson City from Thursday through Sunday, June 8 to 11. Starting with last year’s Nevada State Fair, the venue has moved from its historic location in Reno.

This is a new, updated version of the Nevada State Fair. After running continuously since 1874, the Great Recession and financial woes brought the event to an end after its 2010 run. A new non-profit company with the purpose of carrying on the tradition was formed in 2013 so we can again enjoy the down-home fun of the Nevada State Fair.

The whole array of family-friendly activities and events fairgoers like will be at the Nevada State Fair, including the midway and carnival rides, lots of entertainment, contests, and more. There is no entry fee and parking is free at Carson High School. However, tickets are required for the midway carnival rides, games, and food.

  • Midway of fun and carnival rides
  • Big variety of contests
  • Main Stage entertainment
  • Car Show
  • Wild West Wine Run steam train ride on the V&T Railroad
  • Rendezvous – Wild West theme
  • Agriculture and livestock
  • County Exhibit Pavilion featuring each of Nevada’s 17 counties

Get additional details from “2017 Nevada State Fair,” then head on down to Carson City to take in the new Nevada State Fair.

The Virginia and Truckee Railroad (V & T) is about to begin the 2017 operating season.

Regularly scheduled steam train round trips between the Carson City Eastgate Depot and Virginia City will start running on Saturday, May 27, 2017 and continue on Saturdays and Sundays until October 15, 2017. Trains depart Carson City at 10 a.m. There is a layover of a couple of hours in Virginia City, giving you time for lunch and some exploration of the historic Comstock. You’ll re-board the train and head back to the Eastgate Depot at 3 p.m. There will also be Friday trips in July and the first two weekends in August.

V & T train rides are a popular activity and the excursions frequently sell out. To ensure a seat on the date you would like, it is highly recommended that you buy tickets in advance.

Steam locomotive engineers on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad

Engineers keep the steam locomotives running on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Photo © Stan White

There is a shorter (and less expensive) V & T excursion train that runs several daily round trips between Virginia City and Gold Hill. This 35 minute ride includes historic narration from the conductor. No reservations are required and its 2017 schedule is daily from May 27 through October 31.

Refer to my “All aboard the Virginia & Truckee Railroad” article for information about tickets and times. For more information, call (877) 724-5007 or (775) 291-0208.