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The Force will be strong at the 2011 Balloon Race



Photo courtesy of www.darthvaderballoon.be © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM

Fans can get a one-of-a-kind experience with their favorite Sith Lord

The 30th Anniversary of The Great Reno Balloon Race will be showcasing new special shapes including the highly anticipated Darth Vader balloon.

The 86-foot tall balloon, which depicts Darth Vader’s helmet, will be coming in all the way from Belgium. Pilots Benoit and Michel Lambert have traveled all over the world with the balloon, making appearances in countries such as France, Thailand and Canada.

While the balloon has participated in other United States balloon festivals, this will be its first Nevada flight. To celebrate its attendance, spectators are encouraged to join the Dark Side by sporting their favorite Star Wars gear at the Balloon Race.

“We always try to surprise the crowd by bringing in new features to the event,” said Pilar Aldecoaotalora, President of the Balloon Race Board of Trustees. “This is another first for the event, and everyone on the Board of Directors is unbelievably excited.”

Other special shapes to be seen at this year’s race include: The Bonanza Casino sponsored soccer ball and The Wilbur May Foundation’s Hopper T. Frog and Betty Jean, a new butterfly balloon. For more information on this year’s participating balloons and sponsorship options, visit www.renoballoon.com or call (775)826-1181.

Thanks to the continued support of generous sponsors, The Great Reno Balloon Race continues as the nation’s largest free hot-air ballooning event for its 30th year.

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