Boisterous Tahoe New Year Bash

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(Reno, NV)
Friday, December 29, 2006
In the 1970s, only a few thousand revelers came out to celebrate New Years in South Lake Tahoe .  By 2001, the crowd had swelled to 60,000, and this year’s event is expected to be even larger.  As in past years, a section of Route 50 will be closed to traffic for several hours to accommodate the boisterous crowd.  For Douglas County Sheriff, Sergeant Tom Mezzeta, aside from the cold …

The largest challenge we have are those who consume too much alcohol and they get rowdy … we do have fights that occur … we have issues with juveniles … and we kind of dread it as it rolls around each year because we know what we’re in for.

A long and diverse list of agencies coordinate to police the event including the Nevada Department of Prisons and the FBI.  Weather has kept huge crowds away the last few years, but forecasters predict only a slight chance of snow Sunday evening with lows in the teens.

Brian Bahouth KXJZ News.