Beatty Days gave folks a parade-watching, chili-tasting, pumpkin-carving, costume-wearing, bed-and-tricycle-racing, shootout-watching, art-car-and-bike-show-viewing, pickle-liquor-hollering, poker-walking, 5-K-running, root-beer-belching, food-consuming, music-listening, hula-hooping, kite-flying, Frisbee-tossing, exhibit-visiting, rock-wall-climbing, kid-crafting, chicken-drop-betting, visitor-shopping good time.
According to Beatty Chamber President Ann Marchand, it was “The biggest Beatty Days we’ve had so far—great weather, of course.”
She noted that the 2nd Annual Aaron Huisman Art Contest was bigger this year, with a total of 53 entries.
Courtney Willis was crowned Miss Beatty, and Jasmine Wright was runner-up. Junior Miss Beatty is Danielle Taylor and Jenazy Partida was runner-up.
The grand marshals of the parade, which is always Beatty’s biggest of the year, were the members of the Beatty Neighborhood Watch.
Best of Show in the parade (and 2nd place overall) went to Red Britt, of Pahrump, for his wobbly-tired 1913 Model T, Britt says he has been entering the vehicle in parades for 15 or 20 years “to make the kids smile and the older folks laugh.”
The Boy Scout climbing wall was very popular with youngsters. One young girl later reported that she had climbed it 30 times, and had the blister on her rope-holding hand to back up her claim.
Marchand said there were a lot of former Beatty residents and school alumni in town, making the event something of a reunion for many.
Richard Stephens is a freelance reporter living in Beatty.