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15th annual Goldfield Days brings 3 days of events

The 15th annual Goldfield Days Celebration and Land Auction is set to take place next weekend in the historic mining town.

The three-day event takes place July 31 to Aug. 2 throughout the Esmeralda County town.

There are various events that take place throughout the weekend with events like a land auction, live music and street dancing, pet parade, antiques, crafts, food, beer garden, old west gunfights, miners'€™ liar contest, horseshoes, old-fashioned children's games, western barbeque and more.

There will also be Civil War reenactors, where individuals can fire the Revolutionary War-style cannons by the Elite Trading Post.

One of the most popular events is Saturday’s land auction as Goldfield Chamber of Commerce President Malek Davarpanah said it sees a healthy turnout each year.

"€œThese are lands that the people haven’t paid the taxes on for five years and they put them on auction for the tax hold,"€ Davarpanah said. "€œSo they are very inexpensive."

The president estimates that there are 16 parcels up for grabs for those interested in obtaining land at a cheap rate.

"We have book signings with the different authors, we have special shows in town, we have different things,"€ he said. "€œAll of our bars and restaurants will be open as well."

This year there is a new edition to the celebration as a car and bike show has been added and will take place on Aug. 1. from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cars and bikes from 1979 and before are accepted. Judging will take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with awards taking place upon the conclusion of judging.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories including, best in show, ugliest car, best motorcycle, people’s choice and ladies'€™ choice.

There will be plenty of choices for those looking to shop or eat, as there will be around 50 vendors on-site.

A book signing will also take place as a pair of authors will be on hand to sign autographs for their fans.

Janice Oberding will be signing her latest book, "Ghosts of Goldfield and Tonopah," in the Goldfield Hotel. While award-winning author, Jackie Boor, will be signing her book, "Logan," at Elite Trading Post on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Live music will also be in store for attendees, as the country band, TTT BRand, will perform on the Courthouse Stage Friday and Saturday night from 5 p.m. until 9 a.m.

The Davarpanah explained that the event sees a sizable attendance, with Saturday alone seeing a few thousand people attend the event.

Last year’s turnout was one of the best in Goldfield Days history according to Davarpanah, as there were several thousand attendees over the three days.

"Last year was huge,"€ he said. "€œLast year was so big that the lineup for the parade was almost a mile. It was very big."€

This year’s parade promises to be as good as any in the past, as 500 individual participants are set to be a part of the proceedings.

The parade is held on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with participants scheduled to line up starting at 8 a.m.

There will be a GPS Challenge, which benefits the restoration of the 1907 Goldfield High School building. Participants will go out into the Goldfield Mining District to find the location and come back into Goldfield to the business to redeem their prizes. Prizes were donated by the businesses.

In addition, there will be a drawing for prizes on Saturday, with various prizes up for grabs.

"€œWe have different drawings,"€ Davarpanah said. "€œThis year we have big screen TVs, a computer, all sorts of stuff."€

For more information of Goldfield Days you can contact the Goldfield Chamber of Commerce at 775-485-3560.


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