Emily Sweeney claps as she attempts to engage her lizard to partake in the thrilling and World Famous Lizard Races at the annual Doyle Days event in 2018.

Get ready for Doyle Days this Saturday

The small South County community of Doyle lies along Highway 395 about halfway between Susanville and Reno. Despite the effects of not one but two recent wildfires, the area residents are tough and fiercely dedicated to their annual celebration known as Doyle Days — featuring the World Famous Lizard Races.

Doyle Days — with the theme “Under the Sea” — arrives Saturday, July 30 this year with a whole new and greatly expanded offerings.

Doyle’s Dixon Park is the center attraction, featuring vendors, crafters, food booths and kids’ games all day long.

The celebration begins with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Doyle Volunteer Fire Department. At 9 a.m., a flea market and crafts fair opens at the Doyle Senior Center. The Doyle Days Parade begins at 10 a.m.

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The celebration really gets going in the afternoon when the World Famous Lizard races begin at noon. That’s right — the World Famous Lizard Races. Just imagine youngers trying to convince their lizards to run faster, and you’ve got the idea. It’s a blast for the entire family whether you’re a racer or a spectator. The DVFD serves Indian Tacos (until they run out) at noon as well.

Between 1 and 5 p.m., attendees can spend some time of the rides — the Mobile Rock Water Slide, the Quad Bungee and a Bounce House. An unlimited wrist band is $25, and single rides cost $3. Face painting is also offered between 1 and 5 p.m.

Between 3 and 7 p.m. the ever-popular and talented Westwood duo Rickety Bridge offers musical entertainment.

A donation drawing will be held at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Doyle Days Facebook page.