2017 ELY NEVADA EVENTS

For information about any of Ely’s special events, call the White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-3720,
800-496-9350, log on to elynevada.net, or write to us at White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board,
150 Sixth Street, Ely, NV 89301.


 

January 13-15
Fire & Ice
Ice Sculpture Competition! Gather around bonfires with new found friends and reminisce on the events of the weekend as you make plans for next year. The crystal clear air will erupt with vibrant colors and the canyon walls will once again echo as this unique fireworks show lights the sky.
Location: Cave Lake is located eight miles south of Ely on U.S. 93, turning onto Success Summit road (State route 486) and continuing east for seven miles.
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

January 14
Fireworks Express
Where can you see fireworks shot off a moving steam train? Only in Ely! The Fireworks Express at the Nevada Northern Railway leaves the Depot at 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 14th. Fireworks are scheduled to be shot off at 6:15 p.m. This annual train is generally a sell-out and offers ‘front row’ seats to the fireworks. It is held in conjunction with the award-winning Fire & Ice show at Cave Lake.
Location: Nevada Northern Railway
Contact: The Nevada Northern Railway at 775-289-2085, or visit  nevadanorthernrailway.net

January 18
Bristlecone Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race
It’s back…the Bristlecone Birkebeiner!  The Bristlecone Birkebeiner is a cross-country ski race that started in Ely at Ward Mountain in 1983.  This race has not been around for 20 years and the Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts are continuing this great winter event!
Location: Ward Mountain Ski Recreation Area
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or the elynevada.net

January 28
Rotary Ice Fishing Derby
Prior to the event, 15-25 tagged fish will be released. If you catch a tagged fish you must immediately notify a contest official, Do Not Remove The Tag.
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

February 10-12 & 17-19
NNRY Winter Photo Shoot
Winter time in Ely offers photographers natural backdrops that change quickly due to the weather, making for dramatic images. Historic Steam Locomotive 93 looks spectacular on a 20 degree day in February with billowing white clouds of steam plus plumes of black and gray smoke towering above canyons and valleys. At NNRY, trains are still made up with wooden cars whose origins date back as far as 1872. For the Winter Photoshoots, the railway crews will be in period dress, adding to the experience.
Location: Nevada Northern Railway
Contact: The Nevada Northern Railway at 866-40STEAM (866-407-8326) or 775-289-2085, or visit  nevadanorthernrailway.net

March 18
Turkey Vulture Stretch 5k
Come join us for a spring event to welcome the turkey vultures to our small town.  Around mid-march the vultures can be seen circling over the cemetery.  You will frequently see their wings outstretched soaking in the sun’s rays…hence the name of our 5K.  The route passes by the cemetery where you will see them most frequently either roosting in the trees or circling in the sky.
Location: County Park (across from the Middle School)
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or the elynevada.net

April 1
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet
Each year, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Ely gathers together to eat, celebrate, raffle items, and inform the members of the progress that has been made.
Location: Bristlecone Convention Center.
Contact: Call Carol Carlock to purchase your tickets – (775) 289-4286

April 8
Nevada Northern Railway Trains Begin Running
The Nevada Northern Railway Complex is the best-preserved, least altered, and most complete main yard complex remaining from the steam railroad era. It was established in 1905 to support the area’s booming copper mining industry. The era of dieselization of the railroad industry during the second half of the 20th century led to alterations and demolitions of railroad yards and shops nationwide. The East Ely yard escaped modernization because of its geographical remoteness and the decline of the mining industry it once served.
Location: Nevada Northern Railway
Contact: The Nevada Northern Railway at 775-289-2085, or visit  nevadanorthernrailway.net

May – October
Weekend Golf Tournaments
The White Pine Golf Course is an 18-hole course which was built in 1928. It has a USGA course rating of 72.3, which is 0.1% higher than the average for all Golf Courses. White Pine Golf Course is a par 73 course. It is 6,843 yards long, which is 264 more than the average for all Golf Courses.
Location: The White Pine Gof Course is located on the north side of town on Highway 93 near the Marich Softball Complex.
Contact: 775-289-4095

May 19-21
Silver State Classic Open Road Race
Don’t miss the excitement that you can only find at the Silver State Classic Challenge. Can anything beat the thrill of roaring engines as they squeel their way down the final stretch toward victory? I don’t think so. So be be there cheering them on with all your friends.
More information: sscc.us
Contact: Any one interested can go online to sign up or contact our course worker coordinator, Charlie Kunz at: (702) 334-1196

May 20
Color Run

June
Renaissance Village open Saturdays, June through September, 10 am to 4 pm
A visit to the Renaissance Village is a chance to see what housing and life was like in the early 1900’s in Ely. Many items have been donated to the Village and  are on display. Walking through each house, decorated to represent the various ethnic groups that lived and worked here, is a chance to see and remember life with wringer washing machines, wood stoves, manual typewriters, heavy metal irons, ice boxes, and all the modern appliances of the 20th century. Visit elyrenaissace.com for a virtual tour and full schedule of events.
Location: Renaissance Village
More information: elynvarts.org
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

June 10
Tears, Fears and Beers Bike Race
An enduro format mountain bike event. Pedal your bike to the top of the mountain and then you are timed at specific sections of the course. There will be 2-6 timed sections, mostly twisty downhills and sprint sections. The sum of the times on these special tests will determine the winner. Men’s and women’s events for all classes.
Location: The event takes place on BLM and USFS administered lands under special use permits.
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

June 10
Bristecone Bowmen’s Archery Shoot
This is not your typical archery shoot. The Bristlecone Bowmen have decided to take archery shoots to the extreme by making their course 3-D! At the beautiful Cave Lake State Park, archers will climb mountains and dodge trees to show their true skill with the bow. 40 targets will be positioned in unique and exciting spots to give the contestants a real challenge. The yardage will remain unmarked. Winners of the Adult, Youth, and Cub classes will receive a custom made Bristlecone Bowmen belt buckle.
More information: facebook.com/BristleconeBowmenEly
Contact: Martin Burdick – 775-293-5596, Scott Laity – 775-296-0499, Raleene Makley – 775-289-1457, or Mitch McVicars- 775-296-0148

June 16-17
Snake Valley Festival
Come have fun at the Snake Valley Festival! Ice cream, breakfast, music, parade, games, water fight, auctions, yard sale, booths, trail run, and much more.
More information: facebook.com/Snake-Valley-Festival-204191589619365/
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net
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June 17
Friends of NRA Banquet
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

June 23-24
Cocktails & Cannons – Bathtub Races
Cave Lake State Park is at it again! The White Pine County Tourism Board and Cave Lake State Park are planning a beach party! Created in 2009 for the Top 100 Selection Committee, the event has grown wings. Rubber ducky wings that is! Adventurous souls have modified their bathtubs, yes bathtubs, for both motorized and non motorized categories to race across the lake. With a variety of concessions and of course our replica vintage cannon booming at random, the event lives up to its name in true Ely fashion. That evening a classic beach BBQ will be served at the dock followed by a fireworks display that you have to see, and hear, to believe. The dark Nevada sky will erupt with brilliant colors and sounds as the pyrotechnics explode with an echo from the canyon walls that cannot be compared! With ample parking available, convenient drop off and pick up locations, and our motorized seating trailer, the event is accessible to all. So sit back, relax, enjoy the boat uh, bathtub races, take a swim or drop a line to catch your limit.
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

June 24
White Pine Gymkhana
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

July 3
B.F.D. (BBQ, Fun, Dance)
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

July 3-4
Renaissance Village open 10am-2pm
A visit to the Renaissance Village is a chance to see what housing and life was like in the early 1900’s in Ely. Many items have been donated to the Village and  are on display. Walking through each house, decorated to represent the various ethnic groups that lived and worked here, is a chance to see and remember life with wringer washing machines, wood stoves, manual typewriters, heavy metal irons, ice boxes, and all the modern appliances of the 20th century. Visit elyrenaissace.com for a virtual tour and full schedule of events.
Location: Renaissance Village
More information: elynvarts.org
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

July 4
Community Independence Day Breakfast
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

July 4
Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade, 11:00 am
Each year, Ely hosts a community 4th of July, parade. Independence day is a big event for this little community, and they show their patriotism proudly. The main street, Highway 50, is closed off to traffic and at 11 a.m. the fun begins. The parade begins with the American and Nevada state flags displayed by The Pony Express horseback riders. Following the flags, the Grand Marshall waves to everyone, usually from a historical vehicle as he passes.The parade is a tradition, and each year it grows. There will be plenty of cars in the parade, showcasing years of hard work to restore these wonderful vehicles. Some of the favorite traditions, including the firetrucks, police vehicles, and children’s floats will be on hand to delight the parade goers. As always, there will be community groups walking the parade selling items, such as bottled water, hats, and Popsicles, as fund raisers for their organizations. Other notable entrants will be the BMX riders, ranging in ages from 5 to 17, as well as local civic leaders, such as the new mayor.
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

July 4
Ely Renaissance Village opens
A visit to the Renaissance Village is a chance to see what housing and life was like in the early 1900’s in Ely. Many items have been donated to the Village and  are on display. Walking through each house, decorated to represent the various ethnic groups that lived and worked here, is a chance to see and remember life with wringer washing machines, wood stoves, manual typewriters, heavy metal irons, ice boxes, and all the modern appliances of the 20th century. Visit elyrenaissace.com for a virtual tour and full schedule of events.
Location: Renaissance Village
More information: elynvarts.org
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

July 4
4th of July Fireworks Express & BBQ
Where can you see fireworks shot off a moving steam train? Only in Ely! The Fireworks Express at the Nevada Northern Railway leaves the Depot at 4:30 p.m. on Fri., July 4th. Fireworks are scheduled to be shot off at 6:15 p.m. This annual train is generally a sell-out and offers ‘front row’ seats to the fireworks.Passengers aboard the Fireworks Express can have front-row seats of the fireworks from the second open-air flat car, or can stay in one of the coach cars. Passengers can move freely between the two cars. On board, passengers have the option to purchase candy, soda, water, and beer. They’ll also be able to view panoramic vistas and travel through two tunnels.
Location: Nevada Northern Railway
Contact: The Nevada Northern Railway at 866-40STEAM (866-407-8326) or 775-289-2085, or visit  nevadanorthernrailway.net

July 20-22
Lund Pioneer Days
In the State of Utah and in various cities throughout the U.S., including Lund, July 24 is an official holiday on which government offices and many businesses shut their doors to celebrate Pioneer Day. Pioneer Day commemorates when Brigham Young and his followers reached the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. According to Wikipedia, Pioneer Day celebrates all pioneers, defined as those who arrived before the transcontinental railroad chugged into the area in 1869. The little town of Lund was settled by Mormons, and they celebrate their heritage with a two-night rodeo, dance, parade, barbeque, fireworks, and more.
Location: Lund, Nevada
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

July 22
Art and Wine Walk
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

June 28-30
Ely Shoshone Tribe Fandango
Each year the Ely Shoshone Tribe hosts a fandango where members gather to share stories, sing traditional songs, and participate in traditional dances and games. Six dancers from Ely participated in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Location: The Fandango will take place at 250 Heritage Drive, Ely, Nevada
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

August 5-6
Bristlecone Arts in the Park
More than 100 booths of arts, crafts, and ethnic and fun foods are featured at this Ely event. Vendors display handmade goods (must be a minimum of 50% handmade) as well as photography and other artistry. Hours are 10:00 am ‑ 6:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am ‑ 4:00 pm on Sunday.
Location: The Festival will take place at the Courthouse Park on Aultman Street in Ely.
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

August 11-12
White Pine Rodders’ Car Show
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

August 18
Ely Volunteer Fire Department’s Cattlewomens’ BBQ
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

August 18-20
White Pine County Fair & Horse Races
Don’t miss the excitement that you can only find at the White Pine County Fair and Horse Races. Can anything beat the thrill of thundering hoofs as they pound their way down the final stretch toward victory? Be there to cheer them on.
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

August 26
Farmers’ Market
Come and enjoy Ely’s Sixth Annual Farmers’ Market this year at the Renaissance Village. Farmers’ Markets allow local farmers to sell their fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and baked goods directly to the public. They are organized to benefit both the local farmers as well as local consumers.
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

September 2,9 and 16
Farmers’ Market
Come and enjoy Ely’s Sixth Annual Farmers’ Market this year at the Renaissance Village. Farmers’ Markets allow local farmers to sell their fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and baked goods directly to the public. They are organized to benefit both the local farmers as well as local consumers.
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

September 9
Steam vs Pedal Power Bike Race

September 15-17
Silver State Classic Challenge
Don’t miss the excitement that you can only find at the Silver State Classic Challenge. Can anything beat the thrill of roaring engines as they squeel their way down the final stretch toward victory? I don’t think so. So be be there cheering them on with all your friends.
More information: sscc.us
Contact: Any one interested can go online to sign up or contact our course worker coordinator, Charlie Kunz at: (702) 334-1196

September 16
Take it to the Lake Half Marathon
This event is a thrill for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Starting at the magnificent Cave Lake State Park, this race takes participants through the beautiful canyons in the area. There are three possible races to register for: the Half Marathon, the 10K, or the Kid’s Fun Run. All of which follow an “out and back” course to bring competitors back to where they started. The Kid’s Fun Run is one mile for ages 5 to 12. Parents can run along side their kids and do not need to register for the race.
Location: Cave Lake State Park
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

September 21-23
Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival
Great Basin National Park has some of the best air quality in the nation which translates to clear daytime skies, and incredibly dark night skies. Join park rangers and experience out of this world family fun, excitement, and learn about day and nighttime astronomy.There will be many telescopes of different makes, shapes, and sizes for you and your family to look at the sun, stars, planets and other deep sky objects including nebulae and galaxies.
Location: Great Basin National Park
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

October  7,14,21 and 28
Haunted Ghost Train
It happens each October in this remote mountain town of Ely Nevada. The days grow shorter and the nights take on a definite chill. They say the Ghost Train of Old Ely comes “alive” in a whole different way. Some say that there seems to be legions of demons, ghosts, and goblins invading the otherwise peaceful setting here on those special October nights. It has become our job to predict exactly when there might be good sightings of all the mysterious happenings around Ely. The schedule below has been carefully researched to provide the very best viewing of UFOs, Headless Horsemen, Hitchhiking Ghosts, Haunted Tunnels, Creepy Campfires, and Ghastly Ghost towns right alongside Nevada Northern Railway’s mainline up to the old Ruth Mine. We dare to send a trainload of brave souls out on several weekend nights in October to witness it for themselves. You may be asking exactly how all of these eerie and mysterious scenes occur right alongside the mainline. You might also ask why almost 100 volunteers from the communities surrounding Ely disappear around the same time as the train trip. You might also ask why many of the ghosts and goblins possessing the rail line look amazingly like those local citizens. Could there be a coincidence? You can decide for yourself. We can’t give away the ghosts’ and demons’ secrets. All we can say is that however it is done, here’s a special thanks to the great, heartfelt community support that this event enjoys each year. We hope you enjoy the fruits of their labors as much as the community enjoys putting it on. So, are you brave enough to get on the Haunted Ghost Train of Old Ely this year? Reservations are highly recommended. These trains almost always “sell out”, so to speak. Who wants to be left behind at the depot on a night like this?
Location: Nevada Northern Railway
Contact: The Nevada Northern Railway at 775-289-2085, or visit  nevadanorthernrailway.net

November 18
Polar Express Begins
Experience the magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic children’s book The Polar Express come to life on the rails of the Nevada Northern Railway . The journey takes you from Ely, Nevada on a special trip right to the North Pole. Santa’s Elves are honored that Nevada Northern Railway’s Polar Express train has been voted as the “Best Special Event in Rural Nevada” by readers of Nevada Magazine. Each passenger to the North Pole will be served hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the beloved story of the Polar Express and music from the Polar Express soundtrack. Many of Santa’s helpers will be on-board helping you enjoy the trip. Everyone will experience that magic moment when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus himself is waiting! Santa will board The Polar Express and personally present each child their own special gift. Based on the popular children’s book The Polar Express, this is a story of a young boy and his sister who learn from their friends that there is no Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, however, the boy hears a distant whistle and sees a locomotive pull into his front yard. He boards it and is on a journey northward; the destination is the North Pole. After he and the other children disembark, they learn that it is nearly time for Santa to begin his annual Christmas Eve journey. However, he will select one of them to receive the first gift of Christmas, which can be anything that they wish. The young boy is selected, and, after much thought, he chooses a bell from the harness of Santa’s reindeer. When he begins his trip to his home, the boy discovers that he had a hole in his pocket and he lost the bell. The next morning, though, he receives an extra present: the bell with a note from Santa. His parents are disappointed because they do not hear the sweet jingle from it, and they think that it is broken. However, the boy and his sister DO hear the clear, sweet sound because of their faith. Many years later, the sister could no longer hear the jingle, but the boy always could. He always believed in the spirit of Christmas.
Location: Nevada Northern Railway
Contact: The Nevada Northern Railway at 775-289-2085, or visit  nevadanorthernrailway.net

November 24 through December 2
Sights, Sounds and Smells of Christmas & Festival of Trees
Experience the full spirit of the Christmas Season with the many activities you’ll find in Ely.
Information and full schedule of events: elynevada.net or White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350. 

November 25
Holiday Fashion Show
Experience the full spirit of the Christmas Season with the many activities you’ll find in Ely.
Information and full schedule of events: elynevada.net or White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350. 

December 1
Festival of Trees Auction
Experience the full spirit of the Christmas Season with the many activities you’ll find in Ely.
Information and full schedule of events: elynevada.net or White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350. 

December 2
Christmas Crafters’ Festival
Experience the full spirit of the Christmas Season with the many activities you’ll find in Ely.
Information and full schedule of events: elynevada.net or White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350. 

December 2
Christmas Parade
Experience the full spirit of the Christmas Season with the many activities you’ll find in Ely.
Information and full schedule of events: elynevada.net or White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350. 

December 25
Community Christmas Dinner
Share the joys of Christmas with residents and visitors of Ely, Nevada. Music, decorations and a delicious meal will all be provided so that everyone who comes can have a memorable Christmas day.
Location: The Bristlecone Convention Center
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net

December 31
Ely Volunteer Firemen’s Ball
Come and celebrate the beginning of a new year and reflect back on accomplishments from 2016 with your friends from Ely, Nevada. What better way to start off a new year than with those you love. The celebration is put on by the Ely Volunteer Firemen. It is their biggest fundraiser of the year.
Location: The Bristlecone Convention Center
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net