It was being touted as ‘the' event that ‘all proud Nevadans' should attend. The 4th annual Nevada Day Governor's Banquet was Tuesday night in Reno.

About 700 Nevadans were in attendance, from dignitaries to special guest speakers and talented young people, all coming together to celebrate Nevada's sesquicentennial. The sold-out banquet was held at the Summit Pavilion inside the Grand Sierra Resort.

Governor Brian Sandoval served as host and joined special guests Senator Dean Heller, Congressman Mark Amodei and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki. Senator Harry Reid was also scheduled to attend, but Tuesday afternoon, he had to fly back to D.C. to be with his daughter who is undergoing surgery an undisclosed illness.

Several Silver State artifacts was on display, courtesy of the Nevada State Museum and State Archives.

Event producer Rich Crombie says the banquet focused on preserving and protecting our future. "Remembering our past and protecting our future - which is our kids. So, last year it was The Children's Cabinet and this year it will be the Boys & Girls Club who will benefit from the proceeds tonight." 

And, like every year, Governor Sandoval had the most important job of the night – to cut the cake, a three-and-a-half by six foot chocolate cake with buttercream filling. It took chefs nearly two days to create. “We had to put the first layer of cake, then the filling, then the cake, then we frost it and then we have to put all the little things on top like the Nevada letters and all that,” says sous chef Eddie Guzman.

KTVN's Kristen Remington helped emcee the event.

On Wednesday's Channel 2 News at 5pm, you'll see the Emancipation Proclamation – signed by Abraham Lincoln unveiled right here in Reno.

Nevada Day is officially celebrated this year on Friday, October 31st, with the 76th annual parade occurring on Carson Street at 10 am, Saturday, November 1st.