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Feast of fun throughout South Shore

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily TribuneRobin Hoffler, soft goods buyer from Heavenly Sports, wipes down clothing racks in preparation for their tent sale in the Crescent V shopping enter. A variety of skis, snowboards and clothing will be on sale Saturday through Monday.

A holiday deemed to honor America’s workers is all about play in South Lake Tahoe.

The festivities kick off 11 a.m. Saturday with the Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race, a paddlewheeler-boat challenge that starts and finishes at the California-Nevada border.

It pits the M.S. Dixie II against the Tahoe Queen.

The only presumed twist this year — the boats are now run by the same company. The Dixie broke a three-year winning streak by losing last year after a pirate-brigade maneuver.

Philadelphia-based concessionaire Aramark Corporation, which also owns the Zephyr Cove Resort, bought Hornblower Cruises’ boats in June, building a fleet with the Queen, the Tahoe Paradise and the high-speed Meteor. In good fun, the latter boat cut off the Dixie last year to ensure the Queen’s victory.

Zephyr Cove Resort General Manager Chuck Shapiro said he doesn’t expect any funny business or special treatment this year. The six-mile course has been set, like always, with the favored Dixie situated a little farther away to compensate for its added power.

The winner will be decided by the best maneuvering, but rumor has it the buoys may be moved; Shapiro assured that they would not.

Tickets for taking part in the action are sold for $50 on either boat, and include a champagne brunch.

For the land-lubbing hungry and thirsty types, a food and wine festival will be held at the Horizon Casino Resort. Food from award-winning chef Otto Helfenstein will preview the Lake Tahoe Food & Wine in the Pines scheduled for Oct. 10-13.

People who like to fish are urged to take part in the fourth annual Big Ol’ Fishin’ Derby at the Camp Richardson Resort Marina. It’s between 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Outdoor enthusiasts are sure to feast on adventure at Kirkwood Mountain Resort at 8 p.m. Saturday, when it displays six of the world’s best examples of extreme sports on tour from the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Visitors and residents should get fired up at 8:30 p.m. Sunday when Labor Day Lake Tahoe lights up the skies with a synchronized pyrotechnics show launched from a floating dock near the Stateline casino corridor.

Harveys’ rooftop may be the place to be as the casino hosts the party of parties, filled with food and entertainment that rolls out the good time at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

At Caesars Tahoe, Dwight Yoakam will appear Aug. 30 and 31.

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