Friends and supporters of Snake Valley will gather in Baker, Nevada for the eleventh annual Snake Valley Festival to celebrate and raise funds in support of community preservation. All are invited to join in. All proceeds from the festival events will benefit the Great Basin Water Network (www.greatbasinwater.net) to help protect the water and environment in eastern Nevada and the west desert of Utah.

“The Festival helps Great Basin Water Network to keep water in Snake Valley,” said Kyle Roerink executive director of the Great Basin Water Network. “It’s a fun way to raise awareness and money at the same time.”

An ice cream social and bingo at Baker Hall will kick off events Thursday night, June 6, at Baker Hall lawn and nearby Baker Community Center. 

Friday June 7 from 6-9 pm the Whispering Elms hosts a beer tasting party and a silent auction. All of the brews featured at the beer tasting are brewed with water from the Great Basin. Enjoy the silent auction (6-8:30 pm) with “premier” items.

Saturday June 8 begins with a pancake breakfast at Kerouac’s Café in downtown Baker from 7-10 am. The town parade, with a water theme and the symbolic bucket, starts at 10 am and completes its circuit twice, lest any spectators blink and miss it. Activities continue with a community yard sale, food and craft booths, a book sale, a silent auction, bake sale, live music, kids’ games, and a massive water fight. The day will culminate with a BBQ at the Border Inn, 5:30 Nevada time. After dinner, at 7:00 pm, GBWN executive director Kyle Roerink will give an update on the water fight and answer questions.

Sunday June 9 the festivities officially end with the local Farmer’s Market (from 9 – noon) located at the Church Pavilion and a community softball game at noon. Everyone is invited to participate.

The Snake Valley Festival has something for everyone. Come out and experience a parade that welcomes anyone to become part of it, join the water fight at the playground, browse the silent auction, and enjoy some of the great food. Peer through the solar telescope to observe the sun or join the evening astronomy program at Great Basin National Park.

For more information and a list of events, go to www.protectsnakevalley.org or e-mail SnakeValleyFestival@gmail.com