News release submitted on behalf of the Great Reno Balloon Race:
Catch a sneak peek of this year’s Great Reno Balloon Race highlights by participating in a fundraiser at 748 South Meadows Parkway in the Village at Double Diamond on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Weather permitting, $5 tethered hot-air balloon rides will be available for sale in the morning from 7 to 10 a.m. Throughout the day, select event merchandise and raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win one of two hot-air balloon rides at this year’s event or rides in the T-6 airplanes that fly over the event field. There will also be raffle drawings for other exciting items and Balloon Race souvenirs. Kids will enjoy free hot chocolate samples, face painting, $5 haircuts and free karate classes. While parents can enjoy free coffee samples from Starbucks, Port of Subs breakfast samples and drink specials from Vino 100.
From 4 to 6 p.m. join the Balloon Race crew at Vino 100 as the 2009 Great Reno Balloon Race poster is unveiled and we share a champagne toast to this year’s event. Final drawings for the raffles will be held at this time and the artist of the poster will be at the venue signing autographs.
If you are unable to attend this event and want to make a donation, or would like more information on The Great Reno Balloon Race, please visit www.renoballoon.com or call the Balloon Race office at (775) 826-1181.
Thanks to the continued support of generous sponsors, The Great Reno Balloon Race continues as a free event for its 28th year. This year’s major sponsors include: Wells Fargo Bank, Wilbur D. May Foundation, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Peppermill Hotel Casino, Farmers Insurance Group, Harrah’s Reno, Curves, City of Reno, Jack in the Box, Great Basin Internet Services, Communications Installation Services Inc. (C.I.S.) of Reno, News Talk 780 KOH, Bonanza Casino, Eldorado Hotel/Casino, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. With a special thanks to our Founding Sponsors: Circus Circus, IGT, Sands Regency Casino Hotel and the University of Nevada, Reno.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.