By: Alan Snel
It’s the Winter Solstice and cold and windy in the small community of Blue Diamond, a collection of houses in Red Rock Canyon outside Las Vegas.
It’s that special evening of the year when the hearty residents of Blue Diamond gather at the tiny one-room library and get ready for an annual tradition—piling into trailers with hay bales and singing Christmas carols for the residents who hear the festive songs and thank the folks personally by calling them out, name-by-name.
In the middle of all the Christmas caroling preparations by Joe Reid, Nina Mata, Sheila B., and more neighbors, is Jared Fisher, running for governor of Nevada. He’s attaching one of the hay bale-covered trailers to his tourism business van, stringing red and green lights on a nine-person pedaling vehicle and even making sure the decorative lights on the wheels of the pedal machine are in working order.
Then, the Christmas lights turn on, the singing begins and the darkness that cloaked this small canyon neighborhood doesn’t seem so dark any more.
That’s the Blue Diamond community spirit and vintage Jared Fisher, working diligently behind the scenes of this annual Christmas rite where neighbors of all different faiths and backgrounds join in celebration together. Fisher believes Nevadans can be different and united, like his hometown shows.
Jared Fisher’s daughter and friend pilot the 11-person caroling bike as neighbors join in pedaling and singing.
And that’s why Fisher is running for governor, to bring the state together, united in one direction to increase economic development, build an educational system we can be proud about and diversify our state’s energy production with more solar- and wind-powered sources.
On this frosty night, Christmas carol books were handed out to parents and their children as they sat on the hay bales and the caroling books were also distributed to the pedalers.
“I want to go in here,” a young boy said, hoping to catch a seat on the pedaling machine. And he wedged his way into a row of pedalers.
And the hay bale trailers were off and so was the pedaling machine, with Fisher supplying the muscle power behind the pedalers.
“Hi Gail,” the pedalers greeted one happy woman who stood on her porch and waved and thanked the carolers as they went by her house.
“It’s all downhill from here,” one of the pedalers said.
Fisher joined in, singing those popular carols from “Jingle Bells” to “Silent Night” as he helped propel the pedaling machine..
About Fisher for Nevada:
Jared Fisher is a candidate in the 2018 Nevada governor election. Jared is running on a platform that includes a focus on the “3 E’s:” Education, Economy, and Energy. To learn more and for daily updates from the campaign, please follow Jared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.