Mayors to square off Saturday for fun |

Mayors to square off Saturday for fun

Back when Grass Valley’s Miners used to toe the line with Nevada City’s Yellowjackets, the pride of western Nevada County’s twin cities used to hinge on the final score of a high school football game.

Now that formerly heated rivalry just might be rekindled, putting bragging rights back on the line – if only for one Saturday morning each March.

Grass Valley Mayor Gerard Tassone and Nevada City Mayor Conley Weaver will square off Saturday in an open public sport, as both mayors plan to participate in the Pasty Olympics, as part of the second annual St. Piran’s Day celebration in Grass Valley.

“There’s a little challenge between myself and the mayor of Nevada City to see who throws the pasty the farthest,” Tassone said. “If I were a betting man, I would bet on Grass Valley.”

To this, Weaver replied: “I will win. Mayor Tassone does not have a chance.”

St. Piran’s Day, a Cornish festival, is being celebrated to honor the heritage of the Cornish miners who once lived in Grass Valley. St. Piran is the patron saint of miners.

“I think it is important to go ahead and honor that tradition with a formal celebration with many activities for the day,” Tassone said. “Also, we are paying tribute to one of the great councilors of Bodmin (in Cornwall), Mayor Terry Hocking.”

Hocking had been instrumental in establishing the sister city relationship between Grass Valley and Bodmin about a decade ago. He visited Grass Valley in 1997, which led to the relationship. Then-mayor Mark Johnson later went to Cornwall to return the visit.

“It’s a wonderful event to honor the heritage of Grass Valley,” Weaver said. “I’m pleased to be invited to participate.”

On Saturday, among various events, there will be a children’s bicycle parade at 9:30 a.m. at the City Hall parking lot. The parade will be followed by a flag-raising ceremony, and the Pasty Olympics. There will also be a luncheon at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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