Nevada Builders Alliance, the state’s largest construction and building trade association, and Friends of Sutro Tunnel Charity, a non-profit focused on preserving and restoring the historic site in Dayton, announce their first ‘Meat and Drink’ event hosted at the Sutro Tunnel on Thursday, May 4. The event will feature food, whiskey tastings, music, period reenactors and tours of the Sutro Tunnel site. Tickets for the event are $100 and are available now online here.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Nevada Builders Alliance to celebrate and raise awareness for Sutro Tunnel, which is a storied landmark in the community,” said Chris Pattison, manager of Friends of Sutro Tunnel Charity. “This will be a chance to immerse people in Nevada history as they explore the historic buildings, enjoy some food and partially explore the tunnel. This celebration has kicked off with a generous donation from the Nevada Builders Foundation and through the event, we hope people will see the significance the tunnel had on mining history and join our mission to restore and preserve this site for future generations.”
The Sutro Tunnel is a 3.8-mile drainage tunnel that leads to the mines of Virginia City. Constructed in 1897, the tunnel was shut down in the 1940’s and reopened for tours in 2023. Friends of Sutro Tunnel Charity is currently working on tunnel restoration, as well as ongoing site cleanup and protection of its buildings. The event will allow the public to see what has been updated since 2022 and progress on the inside of the tunnel while enjoying live music from Carson Chandler, catered dinner, reenactors from the Virginia City Silent Riders and Virginia City Outlaws, plus whiskey tastings provided by Frey Ranch Distillery.
“The restoration of the Sutro Tunnel is going to be an all hands-on-deck venture and we are avid supporters of all things Nevada built, including this historic site,” said Jaron Hildebrand, executive director of Nevada Builders Alliance. “We already have members involved in the project so our partnership on this event is another way for us to support our industry, the tunnel’s restoration and share this gem with the community.”
This event is made possible by generous sponsors, including the Nevada Builders Foundation, Pokrajac Corporation, Bank Saloon and Frey Ranch Distillery. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To donate or become a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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