INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — If there was ever a time to stay and play at Lake Tahoe, the July 4 holiday week has to be at the top of everyone’s list. And this year, there are more reasons than ever before to stick around and celebrate America’s heroes in Incline Village and Crystal Bay July 3-6 as part of the seventh annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration.
“Our community could not host the breadth of events without the support of our volunteers and local businesses,” said Jim Smith, chairman of the festival. “We encourage anyone who wants to get involved as a volunteer, sponsor, local business or nonprofit group to contact us … now as we are literally putting all the pieces together in the next two weeks.”
While the 2013 RWTB features a slew of regular and popular events like the parade, rubber duck race — and, of course, the July 4 fireworks off Incline Beach — new events and partnerships are on tap this summer, highlighted by the selection of Tahoe Ridge Winery as the showcase wine for the celebration’s newest fundraiser to help keep the festival sustainable this year, and in years to come.
“We always like to keep our partnerships local,” said Will Brigham, who owns Incline Spirits and Cigars and is a festival board member. “We selected the winery’s popular Chardonnay and Cabernet, which will be re-branded for us as ‘Tahoe White’ and ‘Tahoe Red.’ The wines will be available at most events and at selected restaurants throughout the north shore; a portion of those proceeds will donated to the festival which is a nonprofit organization.”
Each product will have its own label that will be designed by students from the local community, Brigham said. For more information on the student art contest, contact Shelia Leijon through the festival’s website: www.redwhitetahoeblue.org.
Another anticipated highlight of the 2013 festival is the return of the outdoor concert on the Village Green — this year with a famous blues and rock-and-roll twist.
On Saturday night, July 6, the Elvin Bishop Band will join forces with Pablo Cruise to offer an evening of music for all ages on the Village Green, serving as the final event for the festival.
The concert is collaboratively produced by RWTB and the Crystal Bay Club; tickets are now on sale at www.crystalbaycasino.com. Pre-season pricing is $30 for adults and $15 ages 12 and under. The show begins at 7 p.m.
Nominations also are being accepted for the grand marshall for this year’s RWTB Parade, which takes place Saturday, July 6.
“The Grand Marshal is an honored nomination to acknowledge someone who has provided exemplary service to our country or our local community,” Smith said.
Prior grand marshals include Robert Wheeler (2011), Manny Silvester (2010), Bill Redel (2009), Maryanne Ingemanson (2008) and Capt. Charles J. Merdinger (2007).
Anyone interested in learning more about the festival, or to volunteer, can visit www.redwhitetahoeblue.org or call 775-298-1010.
“Our community could not host the breadth of events without the support of our volunteers and local businesses.”
RWTB festival chairman