Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pioche, NV, goes all out for Labor Day

Las Vegas Review - Journal - Las Vegas,NV,USA
Once infamous for its lawlessness, old Pioche, Nevada now espouses family fun and old-fashioned American activities during holidays and special events. The historic mining boomtown born of silver discoveries in 1864 once boasted a population of 10,000. Just 900 people call Pioche home today, but they work together to produce the town's busy Labor Day schedule, an annual event for the past 103 years.

The county seat for Lincoln County, Pioche sits near U.S. 93 about 180 miles north of Las Vegas. Marked a scenic route on state maps, U.S. 93 introduces travelers to Nevada's vast, sparsely populated backcountry. A short, paved loop through the town's mountainous setting accesses Pioche.

The Pioche Labor Day weekend events start with the opening game of a three-day softball tournament on Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. in the town's park and recreational area. Aug. 30 begins with a community breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., put on by the Masonic lodge. In the park more softball, a golf tournament, a turkey shoot, a chili cook-off, a swim meet and a chicken chucking contest follow in rapid succession. Kids swim free of charge at the park pool in the afternoon. Evening begins a community Dutch oven feast, a downtown street dance and a night parade.

RVers are welcome as Pioche offers a couple of RV parks, nearby state parks have good campgrounds and the BLM allows informal RV or car camping with limitations.
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