EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
There’s plenty to see and do throughout the year in Nevada Silver Trails. Summer is the busiest season, so make sure to plan ahead. Make reservations at one of our many lodging properties if you plan to stay awhile, as some of the towns fill up fast during peak times.
Check this calendar often! New events are constantly added throughout the year.
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Sponsored by the Tonopah Picnic Fund
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Visit Cathedral Gorge State Park for an afternoon of delicious Dutch oven dishes!
Have a few amazing Dutch oven recipes up your sleeve? Then enter the Cook-Off!
Eligibility: The contest is open to individual or group cook/teams. Anyone under 16 entering individually must have a parent or guardian’s signature; teams such as Boy Scout troops will by covered by their official Boy Scout Trip Permit.
Entry Fee: Fees waived if you pre-register. $5 for each item entered the day of the event. Cash only.
Procedure: Individuals and teams may enter dishes in more than one category. Entries fall under one of four categories:
Main Course (meat)
Entrants are responsible for providing all food and supplies needed for preparation of the entry, and for cleanup of their immediate area after cooking. The park will provide charcoal for cooking the food, unless the recipe must be started prior to 3:00 p.m. on the day of the Cook-off. It will be required for the individual or team to make a sign that tells the name of their food entry(s) and have copies of their recipe to share with the tasters. The sign should be no larger than 8-1/2” x 11”, and capable of being displayed in front of the food. If the food is spicy-hot, or has ingredients that some people are allergic to (e.g., peanuts), please list that on the sign.
All cooking must be done in a Dutch oven, and everything cooked on-site (that is, no pre-cooked items or ingredients may be used). Entrants are responsible for keeping refrigerated items cool prior to serving or mixing into the recipe. Garnishes, if necessary, should be kept simple; they should be kept refrigerated until time to serve.
For public health reasons, pets will not be allowed to be in the area during the Cook-off; and only those preparing the food will be allowed in the cooking area. Participants should practice proper hygiene and follow sanitary procedures, for hand-washing during handling of food, and for washing cutting boards, mixing bowls and any other utensils necessary during the preparation of the recipe. Tasting (for adjusting of seasonings) should be done only with a disposable spoon, no finger-licking.
Prizes are given for top three dishes in each category. Winning dishes are decided by a panel of judges. Event participants vote for their favorite dish, the winner receives the People’s Choice Award.
Everyone is here to have fun, and learn some new techniques and recipes!
More than 50 years have passed since the first festival and the tradition continues. The festival started out as a simple harvest festival where just a couple hundred people came out to have some fun, share the harvest and eat some good Barbeque.
Over the years the celebration has taken on a whole new meaning with a different way of celebrating. The one day of celebrating has long been transformed. Today, the festival starts on a Thursday and last for four days ending on a Sunday. There still is no charge for admission to the festival itself or the entertainment. The rodeo does charge a modest fee.
What would be a celebration without a parade? The Parade still goes down Highway 160. On the Saturday the town stops to admire the Festival parade. Traffic comes to a stop on Highway 160 as the annual parade travels down the highway for about 2 miles with over 50 floats. Hundreds stand and watch the high school marching band and the various floats slowly march down the town’s main highway.
Rides, rides and more rides are another highlight of the festival, at least for the kids. The kids come out to enjoy the thrill of riding the latest stomach twister. The rides include a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel and a boat load of fast turning rides that make you lurch and twist out of your seat. Finally the carnival rides would not be complete without all the usual carnival games and carnival food.
The festival would not be a festival without the rodeo. The first festivals were nothing but a rodeo. Today, the highlight of the fall festival remains the rodeo. Years have changed the shape of the festival but the rodeo still remains a major portion of it. For two nights, a major Western rodeo comes to town bringing old time entertainment. At the heart of the rodeo, experience the thrill of bull riding, team roping and of course the rodeo clowns.
More than three dozen vendors gather at the Pahrump festival. Many of the vendors sell food and beer while others cater to arts and crafts. Some Vendors offer new gadgets while still others cater to our souls.
The parade is Saturday at 9 am. Highway 160 closes at 8 am along the parade route – Highway 160 at Dandelion (start) to Basin (finish).
Carnival tickets are $30 at the gate. Carnival and vendor hours are Thursday 5 pm-10 pm; Friday 11am-midnight; Saturday 11am-midnight & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.
Rodeo tickets are $10 and only occurs on Sept. 22 and 23. Friday only – children under 10 can get in for free with one adult, and adults 65 or older can buy one ticket and get one guest free. Special offer tickets must be purchased at the gate Friday night.
Rodeo Gates open at 6:30 p.m., rodeo starts at 7 p.m.
The idea of the stomp is to stomp as much juice as possible out of those grapes. It’s a great way to celebrate the harvest and to taste some good wine. General admission is $10, for those who are stomping in the event, please contact the winery. Parking is free. The winery is located on 3810 Winery Rd. off of Highway 160.
This grape stomp has rapidly become a symbol each year to Pahrump that fall has arrived. Bill Loken, the owner of the family winery said the tradition of the annual grape stomp in 2003 only attracted about a couple hundred locals when his family first took over the winery. Now, the tradition has grown over the years and attracts over 3,000 to 4,000 visitors from all over the region.
The Grape Stomp has become a traditional fall celebration in Pahrump. The stomping of the grapes starts in the afternoon around 1 p.m. You must sign up for the grape stomping in advance. There is usually seven two person teams stomping every 15 minutes for a four hour period. Loken said it takes a lot of energy to stomp just a couple of minutes.
At the festival, visitors will find craft booths, food, and live music and yes wine tasting. People can enjoy the park like atmosphere, beautiful trees and fall weather as they sit and enjoy a glass of refreshing wine.
People wanting to taste the different wines will be able to sample brand pinot grigio, barbera and syrah; a Pahrump Winery chardonnay, Symphony wine, a desert blush, burgundy, merlot and a dessert crème sherry; a Nevada Ridge zinfandel made from local grapes, and two Loken syrah varieties. Loken expects to sell well over 250 cases of wine during the celebration.
Annual Park to Park Pedal – Extreme Nevada 100
The Park to Park Pedal-Extreme Nevada 100 Bicycle Tour includes three routes for riders of all levels:
100 Mile Extreme
60 Mile Double Jack
40 Mile Helix
Enjoy the miles of scenic beauty as you ride along Nevada’s first Scenic Byway, Highway 93. Peddle past the 1920’s mission-style depot in the railroad town of Caliente and through the historic mining town of Pioche. Tour through four of Nevada’s scenic State Parks: Kershaw-Ryan, Cathedral Gorge, Spring Valley and Echo Canyon. Take in the breathtaking view of Meadow Valley as you coast down the hill from Pioche on your way back to Kershaw-Ryan for a mouthwatering Dutch oven feast.
100 Mile Extreme
This ride is the most challenging with approximately 5600 ft of climbing; you pedal through four state parks, two old west towns, and up Pioche Hill. Since you went uphill on the way most the return is downhill!
60 Mile Double Jack
A more moderate challenge, this ride does include Pioche Hill which is approximately 1400 ft of climb in about 10 miles. Once you hit the old mining town of Pioche it is all downhill from there! You see two state parks and two old west towns along the way.
40 Mile Helix
For those of you who are looking for a shorter ride WITHOUT extreme hill climbs this is for you! This ride takes you to Cathedral Gorge State Park in Panaca, ending just before Pioche Hill. You see two state parks and the old railroad town of Caliente.
Rest stops with a great selection of food and beverages are offered at Cathedral Gorge State Park, Miller Point scenic overlook, Pioche, Echo Canyon, and Spring Valley (lunch). For the 40 and 60 mile riders the lunch stop is back at Kershaw-Ryan.
Drop bags are available at the first three rest stops if you chose to discard clothing. First aid and technical support are provided at rest stops and on the course. And SAG support just in case!
Where to Stay
Camp in one of the four State Parks: Kershaw-Ryan, Cathedral Gorge, Echo Canyon, or Spring Valley
Motels: Caliente and Pioche
Bed and Breakfast: Panaca
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Held at the Tonopah Convention Center
Best in the Desert Racing Association and SuperCross.com presents the 2016 Pahrump Nugget 250 “Race for the Gold.” Approximately 175 cars, trucks, and UTVs will converge in Pahrump to race a one-way loop that is 242 miles long with 7 Pit Stops for their chance to win the last race of the series and the year.
Visitors are invited out to the Pahrump Nugget on Friday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to check out the cars and trucks that will be racing during the car & truck contingency & technical inspection. The Nugget will also be hosting a BBQ and beer garden in the front parking lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon to 7 p.m. visitors can enjoy the beer garden and BBQ as they cheer for their favorite drivers to cross the finish line. Azunia Tequila will host an after-race party at the Pahrump Nugget Sports Book Bar starting at 6 p.m.