This weekend we’ll experience another spectacle of immense proportions: the Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show. Two weeks ago we all pigged out on the best ribs in the world. A month ago we all “oohed” and “ahhed” at the sight of an endless parade of vintage autos cruising down our highways and byways.
How did all of this happen in little old Reno and Sparks? We’re just a couple of towns that are merely specks along the road yet thousands of people turned out, showed up and, best of all, spent money to see these attractions. How does this happen? How does it come together and be so much fun? Volunteers.
All of these are huge events because the Reno area has a cadre of people who love to see these events happen, and they are willing to volunteer to see that they happen in a big way. Sure, it costs money to put on these events and that money is contributed through various sources, but without the volunteers the events would be a bust.
The fiasco currently brewing between Bruce Walter, the CEO of Hot August Nights, and the city fathers of both Reno and Sparks is like a cat playing with a mouse. Walter is laughing at all of them as he saunters into his favorite bank to deposit his $250,000 paycheck. He is making a mockery of our city fathers by his actions.
To my way of thinking, our city fathers haven’t played their trump card yet — volunteers! I don’t care how almighty Mr. Bruce Walter thinks he is with his secret contract with Long Beach, Calif. He can’t take the volunteers from the Reno area and their enthusiasm and transplant all that in the Long Beach area. It won’t happen.
It isn’t like these events just started last year. All of them have been going on successfully for decades. Hello, Mr. Walter, are you hearing that loud and clear?
Walter is playing the whole area like we all are a bunch of country bumpkin fools with his charades over the existence of Hot August Nights and the Reno area. How dare he be so arrogant with any aspect of this situation. He already admits he has relocated himself to the Long Beach area. He ought to take his carpet bag loaded with his inflated ego and make tracks permanently to Long Beach.
This cagey idiot must think we’re all dumber than a board. I personally despise his pompous demeanor about the whole situation, along with his obvious lack of respect to the efforts of so many volunteers who have devoted much over the years to all the special events that have occurred in the Reno area.
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at email@example.com.