A Basque in Boise

48th Basque Festival this weekend in Elko, NV

Ross Andreson/Elko Daily Free Press File

Ross Andreson/Elko Daily Free Press File

I’m excited! Tomorrow I round up the older and younger generations of my family for another weekend of Basque fun. My parents have been in Boise for a month now, on vacation, and they will remain here until after San Inazio. I feel bad sometimes that they came all the way to the States just so they can do pretty much what they do in Bilbao, except in English and with the grandkids.

Last Sunday we drove to Homedale to take part in their annual Basque picnic, and tomorrow we head out to Elko, Nevada, to spend the weekend and join in the celebrations of their 48 National Basque Festival. I’ve never been before, but I’ve heard from very reliable sources that it is a lot of fun.

As I was searching online for the schedule of events, I came across this article from last Thursday published by the Elko Daily Free Press, which outlines the activities for the weekend. I couldn’t help but smile when I got to the “Running of the bulls” section:

Individuals have to sign waivers before stepping into the area with the bulls. They will also have to take a breathalyzer test administered by either a law enforcement officer or a member of Partners Allied for Community Excellence Coalition. As part of the insurance agreement, Schain said participants are not allowed to consume alcohol if they are going to run from the bulls.

So USA… Waivers and a breathalyzer. Try that move next week for San Fermines!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, July 1, 2011

6:00 p.m. – Kickoff at the Fairgrounds-running from the bulls!

Saturday, July 2, 2011
7:00 a.m. – 5k Run-Sign-ups at 6:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – Parade
12:00 p.m. – Games and Dancing at the Fairgrounds
6:00 p.m. – Handball Competition
9:00 p.m. – Evening Dance at the Fairgrounds-Admission is $10

Sunday, July 3, 2011 – Elko City Park
9:00 a.m. – Handball Competition
10:30 a.m. – Sheepherders Bread Contest
11:00 a.m. – Mass at the Elko City Park
12:30 p.m. – Picnic-Dinner Tickets $12 for adults and $8 for kids under 12

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