In Nevada, we celebrate our day of statehood---which happens to be the same day as Halloween.
I am not aware of any other state which celebrates it's statehood in the same way as Nevadan's do. In fact, I grew up in Washington State and I had never heard of a 'state day' until I moved to Nevada in 1981.
I love it. Both the celebration and the state. I also love to hear stories about other people's love of their home states. I would love to hear yours.
My friend Michelle at the blog, ms enPlace writes frequently about her love of her home state, Louisiana. I love it so much. I love seeing it thru her eyes.
My friend Sally Doyle in Pennsylvania talks lovingly about her home thru her letters to me. Again: I LOVE IT!
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Nevada goes way out to celebrate their 'day'. Maybe I am wrong....maybe every state does it and I don't know about it because I don't live there. It's a state holiday. No school, government offices are open. It's a festive holiday with parades and parties. And no school. Did I say that? When we first moved here and didn't really know about Nevada Day, my kids thought they got Halloween off of school! They loved it.
This year Nevada celebrated 150 years of statehood---we were born during the civil war, hence the 'battle born'. Abraham Lincoln needed another non-slave state and we had lots of silver and gold that the federal government desperately needed at the time.
One of the state wide goals this year was to get into the book of records by having the largest group ever sing their state song at the same time.
So at 10am October 30th (even tho Nevada day is the 31st, state offices and schools are closed then) groups all across the state registered and gathered to sing our state song. (you then had to document it by video and upload it to the Nevada 150 website)
Okay, so when you are in elementary school, you sing it great! You sing it loud, you sing it proud. We all LOVE our state song! (home means Nevada, home means the hills. Home means the sage and the pine) BUT when adults have to gather to sing it--- it is PAINFUL!!! (but fun! and funny! We all still love it and can sing the chorus at a moment's notice)
It was painful all across the state....I watched the videos. No one can really carry that tune. As you can see in this uploaded video from our Governor. He even had professional help!
And? We DID IT! We set a record for the most everyone singing the state song at the the same time! Woo hoo!
One of the most fun things I got to do on Nevada Day, was tohelp judge the courthouse's annual costume contest. This year the theme was "Everything Nevada". It was like a little history/geography lesson in miniature.
It was so much fun!
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First---gathering on the courthouse steps to sing our state song
All things Nevada!
by professional people working hard at their jobs in the courthouse!
Hey! They are competing for a plaque!! It's serious business.
The Planning Dept.
(the Basque community is very proud and very much a part of Nevada!)
we have Marilyn Monroe in the 'Seven Year Itch"
some 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
a mobster--complete with violin case
a bride and groom--for quickie weddings/quickie divorces
a gypsy fortune teller
Old West Saloons!
The District Attorney's office
(I hope they didn't have court today!)
Everyone knows the aliens landed in Nevada! The government just keeps it a secret.
Civil War dress!
1864! Battle Born Baby!
County Recorder (and other Nevada friends)
And a bit of everything...
Assessor's office/drafting Dept.
And that's Nevada in a nutshell.
Or a blog post.
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for the record? We do have churches and books and theater and good restaurants and agriculture and education.