Governor launches celebration of Nevada's 150th year

RENO— Gov. Brian Sandoval and a host of volunteers kicked off a year-long celebration of Nevada’s 150th year of statehood here Thursday, announcing a plethora of special events between now and the state sesquicentennial on Oct. 31, 2014 to honor the historic and special anniversary.

The Third Annual Governor’s Banquet held at the Grand Sierra Resort featured slices of Nevada history and culture, from an Eagle Dance by Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal member Ken Paul to a state birthday cake cutting ceremony. Several hundred Nevadans, including Carson City resident Mike Shaughnessy, attended the event.

Shaughnessy will be the Grand Marshal of Saturday’s Nevada Day Parade. He was in the first such parade held in Carson City in 1938 at age three, playing a young Daniel Boone. This will be the 75th year of the parade held to celebrate Nevada’s entry into the union on Oct. 31, 1864. This time around, Shaughnessy will be riding in style in a 1941 Chrysler Newport Phaeton on loan from the National Auto Museum in Reno.

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki said the celebration over the next year will feature all manner of events, including the minting Friday of a special silver medallion to commemorate the sesquicentennial at the former U.S. Mint, now the Nevada State Museum.

Nevada Day has always been special but this year will be even more so in the run up to the state’s 150th birthday, he said.

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