Sparks Correspondence – October 2015


We’ve been fortunate to experience an Indian summer here in Sparks, but before the weather turns on us too badly we’re going to try to squeeze our last outside events in. Between jambalaya and Icky pickles to loads of pumpkins at the Andelin Family Farm and PumpkinPalooza, there’s plenty to participate in this October. Plus, the new Galaxy movie theatre re-opened in Victorian Square, and there’s attached covered parking and a walkway to get in on those bad weather days. Enjoy!

All Month Long: Andelin Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival

The Andelin Family Farm in Spanish Springs hosts two big events of the year- baby animal days in the spring and the harvest festival in the fall- where they open up their property for all to enjoy. Along with the Pumpkin Patch open Tues.-Thurs. 10am-3pm/Fri.-Sat. 10am-6pm, the Andelin family releases people into their Corn Maze Tues.-Thurs. 6pm-10pm/Fri.-Sat. 10am-10pm and offers Zombie Paintball and Corn Creepers Haunted attractions. The Farm is open through Oct. 31; click here to see a list of activities and rates.

Oct. 13-14: Southern Fare on the Square

The Nugget Casino Resort is introducing a new event to Sparks titled the Southern Fare on the Square. To be held from 11am-6pm on the weekend of Oct. 13-14 in Victorian Square, this inaugural event features two packed days of live outdoor entertainment, kids crafts, and a gigantic assortment of Southern foods such as jambalaya, catfish, alligator, sweet tea, pecan pie, and more available to purchase from participating vendors. Live local bands headlining the event include Boogaloo Zydeco, Mumbo Gumbo, and ZZ Tush (a ZZ Top tribute band). With free admission and parking, this is an event not to miss!

Oct. 21: Run for Education 5k/10k at Scheels

On October 21, the Education Alliance of Washoe County along with the WCSD and other partners is hosting its annual Run for Education event to support the Kids in Motion program. Meeting at the Scheels at the Outlets at Legends, a 5k kicks off for casual runners, a 10k will be held for the long distance folks, and a ½-mile fun run will be available for the little ones followed by a Fitness Fair featuring climbing, golf, archery, a bike rodeo, and more. Sign up today!

Oct. 21, 11am-5pm: PumpkinPalooza in Victorian Square

After you’ve sweated off some calories in the Run for Education, head over to Victorian Square for continued fun. Sparks’ favorite October event is back as the PumpkinPalooza takes over Victorian Square for day of pumpkin racing, decorating, and marshmallow shooting, and stories in the haunted schoolhouse on Oct. 21 following the run. But the day’s activities don’t stop there- check out for a full list of the 7th Annual PumpkinPalooza events.

Don’t Forget to Try the Great Basin Oktoberfest (and Icky Pickles are out, too!)

Our favorite brewing company (and Nevada’s oldest) Great Basin is still conjuring up delicious alcoholic drinks and recently released the 5.6-percent Oktoberfest beer, which celebrates the vibrant autumn colors and flavors of the Sierra. Smooth, full-bodied and malty, after a few of these you’ll want to curl up and hibernate for the winter. If you really don’t want to leave the house, stock up on Icky Pickles too- Great Basin’s collaboration with the Nevada Brining Company.

By the way, Great Basin Brewing Co.’s Tom and Bonda Young returned from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver with one of the 306 medals awarded. More than 2,400 breweries from around the USA put more than 8,500 beers into the competition, and Great Basin’s Blood-Orange WIT took the Silver in the Belgian-style Fruit Beer category. “Early in the summer,” Tom said, “we decided to take our award-winning Whoop-Ass Witbier and add fresh blood orange puree, with Curacao orange peel and coriander to balance out the spicy Belgium ‘white’ wheat ale. It’s been a favorite here in Sparks and obviously they liked it in Denver too.”

— Kayla Anderson