50th Anniversary Bonanza Convention to be Held in Lake Tahoe Nevada September 10-14, 2009

Announcement of 2009 50th Anniversary Bonanza Convention, celebrating the television series Bonanza. Bonanza starred Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts and Dan Blocker and ran 14 years on NBC.

Lake Tahoe, NV, March 04, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Bonanza Convention Inc announced today that the 50th Anniversary of the hit 1960’s television series will be held at the Horizon Casino Resort Hotel, Lake Tahoe, Nevada on September 10 – 14, 2009. Registration for the convention is now open at http://www.bonanza-convention.com/.

This is the 4th Bonanza Convention to be held celebrating one of the longest running television series in history, Bonanza, which ran from September 10, 1959 until 1973. The series starred Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts as the Cartwright family of the Ponderosa Ranch in Nevada. This year’s Convention will feature appearances by Mitch Vogel, who played the Cartwright’s adopted son Jamie, and six time guest star Gregory Walcott, who starred in numerous television series and movies including Dallas, Laramie, Rawhide and Plan 9 from Outer Space. From the television series Ponderosa, which ran from 2001-2002, stars Matt Carmody and Drew Powell will also be attending the convention.

Convention activities will include panel discussions, an auction of show memorabilia, a Virginia City tour, a paddleboat tour of Lake Tahoe and showings of favorite episodes. The auction will include a costume worn by Victor Sen Yung who played the character Hop Sing, and a painting by Bonanza Guest Star James Best, better known for his role on the Dukes of Hazzard.

Previous conventions have been attended by over 600 fans and guest stars. Attendees come from around the world including Australia, Cuba, Israel, the Canary Islands, Germany and the UK. Past Bonanza Convention auctions have raised over $25,000 for charities such as the Michael Landon Cancer Fund, the Michael Landon Children's Cancer Fund, the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Victims of Hurricane Katrina, Waycross Thanks for Giving and the Let'Em Run Foundation.

About Bonanza

Bonanza was the first television series to be aired in color when it premiered in 1959. During its fourteen year run the show was the number one show on television and addressed many issues during those years including racism and war against the backdrop of 1860’s Lake Tahoe. It’s theme song and signature opening credits of a map of Lake Tahoe on fire are recognizable around the world. For more information go to www.bonanza-convention.com.

Bonanza Convention, Inc
Jerri Barrett