Although the entire state celebrates Nevada Day, commemorating the state’s admission to the union on October 31, 1864, the major Nevada Day event is a parade held in Carson City on the last Friday of October. The history of Nevada is highlighted by many local festivals, such as the Virginia City International Camel Races, in September, which includes a parade with camels, ostriches, and water buffalo. Las Vegas revives the spirit of the Old West with rodeos, costumes, and pageants during Helldorado Days in May. Frontier traditions are also upheld during Basque festivals in Reno, in August, and Elko, in July; the Nevada Indian Days Pow Wow in Fallon, in July; and at many fairs and rodeos elsewhere. Reno hosts the livestock events and popular midway of the Nevada State Fair in August.
Sky diving and other stunts are performed at the National Championship Air Races in Reno in September. Among the major cultural events are an arts festival, a music festival, and a Shakespeare festival held along Lake Tahoe in summer. The Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which convenes each January at Elko, regularly draws thousands of poets and poetry admirers.
Other places of interest include Pyramid Lake, named for the strangely shaped island within it, and the active geysers and hot springs near Beowawe. Faults, or cracks in the earth’s surface, can be seen near Fallon. They resulted from an earthquake in 1954. Lunar Crater, a large basin near Lockes, was formed by the collapse of a mountain peak in ancient times.
Other well-known attractions in Nevada are its ghost towns. Virginia City, founded when the Comstock Lode was discovered, boasted a population of 20,000 at its peak in the 1870s but now has only about 900 people. The nearby towns of Gold Hill and Silver City have also languished. The Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park also features a ghost town. There are many other such places scattered throughout the state. "Nevada" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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