Nevada State Parks floats take top awards at Nevada Day celebrations

Nevada State Parks float at the 2007 Nevada Day Parade

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada Division State Parks entered the Nevada Day Parade and took two top awards this year.

With the help of several volunteers State Parks received two first place awards for their alien-themed float entry—the Parade Judges’ Award and the Community Award.

The parade theme this year was, ”The Mysteries of Nevada AREA 51.” To tie in with the theme the division created a float depicting a camping scene with two aliens and a bear sitting around a campfire in the woods near their space ship with two park rangers nearby. The theme was, “Something for Everyone.”

The rangers on the float were Jennifer Finlen, park ranger at Fort Churchill State Historic Park and Bill Champion, park supervisor for Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park’s backcountry area. Rangers walking were Peter Maholland, conservation specialist with the Nevada-Tahoe Resource team, and Jay Howard, park supervisor at Lake Tahoe State Park.

On the same day in Elko’s Nevada Day Parade, State Parks also won first place in the “Commercial” Division.

The division won second place in 2005 in Carson City’s Nevada Day parade.

The Nevada Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of more than 2.3 million visitors a year. The division was established in 1963 by the Nevada Legislature to form a new state park agency within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division manages and maintains 24 parks in Nevada.

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