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A weekend of Twain

Staff reports

MacAvoy Layne gathers a crowd during a TV interview at last weekend's inaugural Mark Twain's Wild West Weekend at Zephyr Cove.

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – A celebration of the Wild West and Mark Twain was successful enough to warrant another year.

“We would like to build on it,” said Austin C. Sass, Director of Sales and Marketing for ARAMARK Parks and Destinations.

The celebration, held Saturday and Sunday at Zephyr Cove Resort, was inspired by Mark Twain’s life and work and included western-themed festivities. Popular Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne helped host the event.

Participants in the pie eating contest chowed down on pastries filled with red cherries and whipped cream. Heather Blahik of San Diego took home the prize after eating almost four pies.

People interested in Twain’s life gathered Saturday night for a Mark Twain Lecture Dinner with guest speakers Robert Stewart, author of “Aurora, Nevada’s Ghost City of Dawn,” and Robert Hirst, general editor and official curator of the Mark Twain Project and Papers.”

“The Twainiacs were in heaven as (Hirst) is the definitive Twain expert in the country,” Sass said.

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Sunday featured the Great Lake Tahoe Paddlewheeler Race between the M.S. Dixie II or Tahoe Queen, which was won by the Tahoe Queen.

“Capt. Jerry “Rascal” Summers was in full pirate wardrobe complete with an eye patch,” Sass said. “Once the trophy was on-board he hoisted the skull and crossbones. He attributed the victory to the coordinated efforts by the crew and passengers who helped shift the Queen’s weight for the turn around the mid-race buoy.”

All proceeds from the two-and-a-half-hour event will benefit the preservation of Mark Twain’s history.

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