When I parked my car to walk into the county fairgrounds for the Nevada County Meltdown Challenge finale Tuesday night, I surveyed the parking lot. Almost an hour before the 7 p.m. start time, the lot was about full, way down in the muddy area, even, and the behemoth network television trucks were parked around the entrance. It was one of those weird moments – those a-ha moments – when it dawned on me: this national media coverage is taking place in our county, for something so positive and uplifting, with all us regular people. It sounds corny, but it made me very proud to live in Nevada County.
The fact that we’re not famous or glitzy, just ordinary people doing extraordinary things, made me feel so good about all of us and what we’ve achieved – as well as what we will continue to achieve. We probably haven’t heard the last of the Meltdown.
Then Carole Carson asked me to round up about 25 people to show up at the Fairgrounds at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday for the live broadcast of “The Early Show” for CBS. That sounded daunting, so I decided to start with my husband. After he agreed, the next 24 would be easy.
“What?!” my husband said when I asked him. “I don’t think so.”
Fortunately, Carole had better luck – or more charisma – because she got a couple handfuls of hearty souls to show up in the driving rain while CBS interviewed her and we looked on next to the school bus, cheering on cue. It was about 5:30 a.m. when they were filming live and 7:50 a.m. our time when the show ran.
Next we piled into our cars – a smaller group this time – and headed for Courtyard Suites in Grass Valley, where the “Today” show was already set up in a suite, waiting for Carole and her entourage of supporters to arrive. It was not yet 6 a.m. and the “Today” crew began setting up little microphones and threading the wires through the clothes of the four people who might be speaking.
The interview was live about 6:30 a.m. and showed here at 10:30 a.m. our time. (I was safely back at work when they both aired.)
As we did the first week of interviews, we ended up at Charlie’s Angels a little after 7 a.m., ordering off the Meltdown menu.
It’s just been a whirlwind in our little county, and who would have thought? Personally, I’m curious to see where we go from here. Something tells me Carole has a plan … .
Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at email@example.com, or by fax at 477-4292.
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