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Mark Twain’s legacy to be honored at Zephyr Cove Resort ‘Wild West’ event

Zephyr Cove Resort and Lake Tahoe Cruise is honoring the life and influence of Mark Twain with a Wild West Weekend to kick off the summer season at Lake Tahoe.

Inspired by Mark Twain’s life and work, the western-themed festivities begin at 10 a.m. June 12 and continue through June 13.

The pie eating competition starts at 11 a.m., where contestants will have 20 minutes to finish as many cherry pies as they can eat. The winners will be determined by an event manager and McAvoy Layne, the popular Mark Twain impressionist. The contest prizes include cabin stays at Zephyr Cove, snowmobile sleds, scenic day cruises and a dinner cruise. Participants must pay a $5 entry fee and be at the competition at the 11 a.m. start time. Registration opens at 10 a.m.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Chili Cook-Off will showcase the best of Tahoe’s amateur chefs as they compete for first, second and third place prizes, as well as an award for “Best Booth.” The top three prizes, which include cash and lodging at Zephyr Cove Resort, will be granted based on texture, flavor, consistency, spice and taste, aroma, color and people’s choice. The award will be determined by popular vote and judged on the basis of its compliance with the festival’s overall western theme. Participants must pay a $15 fee per each chili dish entered.

At 1:30 p.m., fibbers, truth stretchers, and bold-faced liars can participate in Mark Twain’s Wild West Bold-Faced Liars Contest. The contest prizes include cabin stays at Zephyr Cove, snowmobile sleds, scenic day cruises and a dinner cruise.

On the evening of June 12, Zephyr Cove Resort will host a Mark Twain Lecture Dinner at the special events site at 6 p.m. Priced at $100 per person, the dinner includes a four-course meal and features 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. Stewart will address Mark Twain’s route through Lake Tahoe and announce the arrival of Clemens Cove and Hirst will discuss the release of Mark Twain’s autobiography that had been withheld for the past 100 years. All proceeds from the two-and-a-half-hour event will benefit the preservation of Mark Twain’s history.

Other featured activities on Saturday include the High Noon Western Shoot Out, cowboy poetry reading, skits featuring a cast of vibrant characters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and music from the Old West. Kids can enjoy the Kid’s Zone at the special events site, which will include a bounce house, a 22-foot slide and booths with jugglers, face painters, story-tellers and more.

On Sunday, June 13, guests can cheer on either the M.S. Dixie II or Tahoe Queen in the annual Great Lake Tahoe Paddlewheeler Race, which begins at 10:15 a.m. Zephyr Cove Resort will also host a kids’ triathlon.

The event is free for the general public to attend, with the exception of the Mark dinner. For information, visit or call (866) 761-6240.

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