“See the USA in your….” There was the name of a certain automobile in that 1950s commercial, but we’ll stop right there and invite everyone to gear up for summer events in Lincoln County.

Even though it is still a few weeks away, no time like the present to plan to attend the annual Memorial Day Homecoming celebration in Caliente.

The weekend event traditionally features a parade, softball tournament at Dixon Park, art exhibit, volleyball tournament, craft fair, car show, kids games, a big barbeque, and other activities.

The event is intended for those who once lived in Caliente or the surrounding area and families thereof, to feel the call to come home again, if only briefly. But, of course, visitors from any place are equally welcome.

Prizes are even given for the classic car that comes the longest distance and one that might still be under construction.

If you want to see the USA on a public highway at top speed, then the Nevada Open Road Challenge, May 12-15, might be for you. Run from Ely to Hiko on State Route 318, specially closed for the day, sponsored by Silver State Classic Challenge, Inc., it is listed as the fastest race on a public highway in the world.  Current record time is 217.5570 mph by Jim Peruto in a Dodge Charger in 2012.

A similar race, the Silver State Classic Challenge, will be held on the same course Sept. 15-18.

For bicycle enthusiasts, the Nevada State Parks offer the 4th annual Gravel Grinder, scheduled for June 18.

Josh Ivins, park supervisor at both Cathedral Gorge and Beaver Dam State Parks, said the 35-mile course will be much the same. “It’s a bit more intense than runs on paved roads, and we are encouraging participants to not use narrow gauge tires. They’ll blow out quickly. Full mountain bike tires are best.”

Beginning at Beaver Dam, it is a beautiful ride and scenery in the mountains of eastern Lincoln County. “Our roads looks to be in really good condition this year,” Ivins said.

Another very popular biking event, the Park-to-Park Pedal, and Extreme 100, takes place in Lincoln County in early October.

The 21st annual Kids Free Fishing Derby sponsored by the State Parks system will be at Echo Canyon Reservoir June 11. Last year saw about 360 participants and over $10,000 in giveaways and prizes.

So this spring and summer, “See the USA in your….” Well, at least Lincoln County, Nevada anyway.