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Looking ahead to Labor Day

The upcoming Labor Day weekend promises a hot lineup and warmer temperatures than last year.

Last year’s high temperatures didn’t top 60 degrees, chilling participants in the Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race, fireworks show, Big Ol’ Fishing Derby and Harveys rooftop party.

This year brings a different story. Temperatures for the lake are supposed to hover closer to normal, with the highs topping 75 degrees, said Kelly Redmond, Western Regional Climate Center climatologist.

“Labor Day is historically one of our biggest weekends,” said Terry LeBan, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority executive director.

Part of the attraction is the famous sternwheeler race between the M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen, set for Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. The following night, the focus turns to a fireworks show billed as the largest on the West Coast.

“Put it this way, we’ll use 25 percent more fireworks for Labor Day Lake Tahoe than was used for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said John Dicks of Explosive Technology.

Look for a full schedule of next weekend’s festivities in the Aug. 31 edition of the Tribune.

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