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Mountain’s Edge goes Western

The fourth annual Country in the Park festival returns to Mountain’s Edge May 8 at the 3,500-acre master-planned community’s Exploration Park, located on Buffalo Drive one block south of Blue Diamond Road. The event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free to the public and features live entertainment, themed games and activities for all ages.

“The combination of great music, games for everyone and the opportunity to enjoy being outside in our beautiful Exploration Park has made Country in the Park an event members of the community now have circled on their calendars,” said Deonna Stocker, manager of information center operations at the Home Search Café.

This year’s featured country music entertainers include The Patty Janura Band and the Tony Marques Band who perform as the house band for Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill located at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino.

There will be two country line dance productions consisting of a costumed singer, six costumed dancers, along with instructional and interactive line dancing classes.

There will also be a Western review called “Sweetwater Saloon,” a musical story about two main characters, Lucy and Cletus, who gather all of their friends to put on an old-fashioned hoedown. The 10-minute show will be choreographed by Dreamhawk, the production company that has staged all of the musical shows at Country in the Park since the event was first launched.

In addition to the musical performances, the family-friendly event includes a Western stunt show area, petting zoo, pony rides, a bull’s eye gallery, mechanical bull riding, a Western obstacle course, relay-races, bounce house, mining for gemstones and rodeo ropers.

“Whether you’re looking to come out to the park with a blanket and just relax and enjoy the music, or bring your children out for some fun and free activities, Country in the Park truly has something for everyone,” Stocker said. “We invite everyone to come out and be guests of Mountain’s Edge and enjoy themselves in one of the most beautiful parks the city has to offer.”

Food and drinks will be available for sale. All activities are at no charge except the petting zoo, pony rides and mechanical bull. The fees charged for these activities will benefit the Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids, an organization that helps connect children with books and reading.

In addition to the entertainment and festivities, amenities will be available to attendees including open grassy spaces, volleyball courts, picnic areas and horseshoe pits. The park’s attractions also include trails leading up to the top of Exploration Peak, the city’s first mountain park. The 80-acres of Exploration Park include volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic areas and an amphitheatre for concerts.

One feature in Exploration Park is a Western-themed park that blends the natural elements of geography and history. The goal was to create an Old West village with dirt streets that lined the town square leading to play areas including a covered wagon play structure and a replica water tower splash park that incorporate spray jets.

A series of paseos have been built to wind through Mountain’s Edge, integrating the existing desert landscape into paths.

Builders within in the master plan include: Amstar Homes, Beazer Homes, Camden Homes, Harmony Homes, KB Home, Meritage Homes, Pardee Homes, Pulte Homes, Richmond American Homes, Ryland Homes and Storybook Homes. For more information on Focus Property Group visit focuspropertygroup.com

Those looking to learn more about the homes offered within Mountain’s Edge or who would like to learn more about the upcoming Extended and Expanded Homebuyer Tax Credit Fair are invited to visit the development’s Home Search Café, located at the community’s entrance on Buffalo and Blue Diamond, or visit mountainsedge.com.

The Café is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily and can be reached at 898-5777.

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