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Lyrid Meteor Shower Photo

Lyrid Meteor Shower

Watch late evening until moonrise on the night of April 21-22, 2022. **The predicted peak is 4 UTC on April 22.

In a dark sky with no moon, you might see 10 to 15 Lyrids per hour.
The Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring rates of up to 100 per hour! Most meteor showers are caused by debris from a passing comet. For the Lyrids, the comet is named Comet Thatcher. Maybe you're wondering:

Have I ever observed Comet Thatcher?

But wonder no more. You haven't. And your children won't see it either. The comet was found in 1861 and takes 417 years to go around the sun once. Its path brings it within the Earth's orbit, then it goes really far away. How far? It goes to a distance of 110 astronomical units (AU). That's 110 times farther from the sun than we are.

Local Area Events

White Pine County Horse Races Photo

White Pine County Horse Races

Friday @ 3:00 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday @ 1:00 P.M. In addition to pari-mutuel betting, activities include; 3 days of live music, BBQ, crafts, vendors, 4H exhibits, livestock auctions, and more. Grab the entire family and visit Ely, Nevada for 3 days of fun at the oldest horse racing event in Nevada. A safe bet for a fabulously exciting time is the White Pine Horse Races in Ely, NV.  This iconic event has been taking place since the 1920s and draws thousands of people from all over the country.  Featuring exciting, live action racing of thoroughbreds and quarter horses; complete with pari-mutuel betting, bar, concessions and the County Fair. Post time 3 pm Fri., Aug. 19; and 1 pm Sat. & Sun., Aug. 20-21. Free admission on Friday. On Sat. & Sun. $5. See you at the Races! Located halfway between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. Originally organized in 1934, the races were formed by local ranchers and business people in an effort to overcome the depression blues. Some of the people involved in the formation of the races were Bill Goodman, Frank Calloway and Stan Draper. This group ran the races until 1937 when the county helped by forming a Fair Board. The first chairman of the board was Tom Bath, a local business owner. A year later, they would build a new race track and grandstand which is still in use. The White Pine County Fair returns to the WPC fairground on August 19-21, with all the fun of a county fair. Activities include; 3 days of live music, BBQ, crafts, vendors, 4H exhibits, livestock auctions, and more. Grab the entire family and Visit Ely Nevada for 3 days of fun at the oldest horse racing event in Nevada. Pari-mutuel betting is the most common form of horse racing betting. The term actually originated in France, and literally translates “to wager amongst ourselves”. Unlike most other forms of betting, the odds are not fixed. Rather than placing a bet against the race track, like one would with a bookie, horse racing bettors are wagering against each other. For this reason, the payouts on a single wager could range anywhere from less than the actual amount wagered, to astronomical amounts. Come down to the fairgrounds early on Friday and check out all the excitement of the Ranch Rodeo.  Contestants compete in events like bronc riding, barrel racing, roping, and even mutton busting for the kids. Located at the White Pine County Fair Grounds on Fairview Lane next to the Marich Softball Complex. See their 
website for a list of events and prices.

Silver State Classic Challenge Car Race Photo

Silver State Classic Challenge Car Race

For the past three decades, driving enthusiasts from around the world have gathered on the third Sunday of May in the Nevada high desert for the one of the truly most unique automotive events. Traverse 90 to 120 miles of closed, two-lane public highway, comprised of long fast straights, sweeping corners, blind dips, even carving through a twisty canyon. The current course record stands at 219.6430 mph average speed, as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. The best part is, if you've got the nerve, a little cash, and a fast ride, you too can join them to run as fast as you can, legally, down a public highway.This event in May is a two-way event, totaling 119.78 miles (59.89 each way), with a weekend packed full of gearhead activities, and an awards banquet after-party held in our charming, rustic mining town of Ely, Nevada. Registration packet pickup will be held in Ely, Nevada.The Silver State Classic Challenge, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors and staff who annually host the Nevada Open Road Challenge (NORC) and Silver State Classic Challenge (SSCC) Open Road Racing events on a closed section of Nevada State Highway 318, renamed by the Nevada Department of Transportation as the Silver State Classic Challenge Highway.SSCC events are based on time, speed, and distance. Classes begin at 95 mph, and increase in 5 mph increments up through the 160 mph class, with a 170 mph, 180 mph, and an Unlimited, top speed class. Vehicles start one at a time, in one minute intervals against a GPS timing clock, and attempt to break the beam at the finish line as close as possible to their speed class target time. First, Second and Third place trophies are awarded to the Driver and Navigator/Co-driver in each class, based on most accurate elapsed time targets achieved, as measured by SSCC timing equipment. Trophies are also awarded to drivers of our companion One-Mile and Half-Mile Shootout events, both held on race weekends in conjunction with our Open Road Racing events.All first-time SSCC participants are considered rookies, and may enter classes ranging from 95 mph up to 110 mph, determined by their vehicle capabilities and safety equipment, and each Driver and Navigator/Co-Driver's comfort level. All rookies must also attend an SSCC rookie driver school. Those with documented Open Road Racing or other equivalent racing experience, or those who hold racing licenses from select sanctioned racing bodies, may be eligible to obtain a waiver from rookie school.All Details and Qualifications About This Event Can Be Found HERE!