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Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park Summer Festival

2019 Dangberg Summer Festival, June 6 - September 28, 2019, Music, history and community events highlight the 2019 Dangberg Summer Festival in Minden.

Dangberg Ranch Summer Festival Minden NV 2019

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park (Map)
1450 Highway 88
Minden, NV 89423

Concerts, living history, authors and special events are on the docket for this year's Summer Festival at Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park in Minden. Engage an eclectic line-up of live music, chautauqua reenactors, literary and historical presenters, and a half-dozen community-wide events on site throughout the summer season.

Please bring your own seating for all events. No dogs at events; legitimate service animals only. All events are free to attend unless otherwise noted, and all are free for youth 16 and younger.

Concerts (adults $15, members $10, 16 and younger free)

June 6: Lacy J Dalton, 2017 member of North America Country Music Association International Hall of Fame, performing her country-western hits and more.

June 13: The Old West Trio, Recipients of the 2011 Western Duo/Group of the Year, performing classic western music. Supported by a grant from Nevada Arts Council.

July 25: Todd Morgan & the Emblems, West Coast Songwriters’ “Best Song of the Year” recipients, performing modern pop/rock and roll, blues, funk, disco, hot jazz, country and early rock ‘n’ roll

August 1: The Millennium Bugs with David Bugli of the Mile High Jazz Band, performing classic jazz music

August 8: Mo’z Motley Blues, a local favorite, performing blues-infected rock, pop and soul music


June 5: A Night with Notorious Nevadans, portrayed by members of the Friends of the Nevada State Museum: Dave Pierson as “Abe Curry, first superintendent of the Carson City Mint and first warden of the Nevada Territorial Prison”; Bob Nylen as “William Stewart, first U.S. Senator from Nevada and author of the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution”; Ron Roberts as “Roswell Colcord, seventh governor of Nevada and first Nevada governor to support Women’s Suffrage” and Myron Freeman as “John Millain, convicted murderer of Virginia City’s most famous prostitute, Julia Bulette”

June 26: The Young Chautauquans of the Douglas County Historical Society portraying notable women and men from history.

July 10: Kim Harris, portraying “Lizzie A. Borden: the notorious woman accused and acquitted for the axe murders of her father and stepmother”

July 31: Doug Mishler, portraying “Duane L. Bliss: lumber and mining magnate and founder of the Carson and Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company.” Supported by funding from Nevada Humanities.

August 14: Anita Watson, portraying “Mary McNair Mathews: a widow who lived on the Comstock for 10 years during the 1870s and wrote of her observations.” Supported by funding from Nevada Humanities.

August 28: Sisters of the Sage, portrayed by author and historian Cindy Southerland as “Annie H. Martin: the first woman in charge of the U.S Assay Office at Carson City”; historian Kim Harris as “Lillian V. Finnegan: Suffragist and originator of the Genoa Candy Dance Festival” and historian DebiLynn Smith as “Anna N. Harris: pioneer Nevada business owner”

Speakers and Authors

June 1: Wendell Huffman of the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, “Railroading in Carson Valley: The V&T’s Minden Line and the Transcontinental Railroad in Nevada”

July 13: Mark McLaughlin, “Lake Tahoe & the Comstock Era”

July 27: Michael Fischer, “The Nevada Buckaroo from the Ground Up: His Heritage, Gear and Traditions”

August 4: Glen Whorton of the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society, “The Great State Embezzlement”

August 10: Bob Nylen of the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, “The History of Baseball in Nevada”

August 17: Brooke Santina, author of Dishrags to Dirt Bags

September 22: Jay Topping, Chautauqua portrayal, “Hiram D. Scott: Pioneer of early Alpine County and Scotts Valley, California”

September 28: Douglas High School Class of 1962, “Remembering Carson Valley in the 1950s and 1960s”

Special Events

“Something in the Wind” Kite Flying Weekend, May 18-19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Professional kite flyer and enthusiast Cameron Kauffman with an array of colorful and fascinating kites. Giant bubbles, kite making and other crafts for children. Fun for the entire family.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Neighbor Faire, June 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Musical performances by The Mylo McCormick Project and Krista Jenkins, along with book signings, artist marketplace, food and more. Learn more about local non-profits and what’s happening in your community.

A Western Jamboree at the Dangberg Home Ranch, July 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Musical performances by Mike Beck and The Sierra Sweethearts. Also: cowboy poet Tony Argento and The Foothill Vigilantes, a Western theatrical troupe.  Come for Western artisans, food and more! Adults $20, 16 and younger free.

Minden Founders Main Street Event: Show and Shine Car Show, August 23-24. Classic autos and a party in historic downtown Minden—the town the Dangbergs created! A fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch. For more information and auto entry forms go to DangbergHomeRanch.org.

Car Show Registration Form for Entries

Car Show Event Details and Schedule

The Dangberg Home Ranch Celtic Faire, September 14. Celebrating the traditions of the Irish, Scottish and Welsh people, with music, dancing, games, food and more. Detailed information and pricing TBA.

For more information on the Dangberg Summer Festival and planning your trip to the Carson Valley, please dial the Carson Valley Visitors Center at (775) 782-8145 or click Visit Carson Valley.

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