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Nov 02, 2010 | 1114 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Photo - Sparks resident John Emerson won a free balloon ride at the 2011 Great Reno Balloon Race for his first-place photo, which won out of about 900 amateur photos submitted.
Courtesy Photo - Sparks resident John Emerson won a free balloon ride at the 2011 Great Reno Balloon Race for his first-place photo, which won out of about 900 amateur photos submitted.
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RENO — A Sparks resident has won the 2010 Great Reno Balloon Race photo contest.

Nearly 900 amateur photos came from throughout the country, but John Emerson of Sparks took first place. Emerson won a free balloon ride at the 2011 Great Reno Balloon Race and an official 2011 balloon race jacket for his photo, a display of hot air balloons reflected in a pond at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park with a warm flood of sunlight shining through.

Second-place was awarded to Kenneth Parkhurst of El Dorado Hills, Calif., for his mass ascension photo. Parkhurst also will receive an official 2011 balloon race jacket. The third-place winner, JeanMarie Dimmick of Reno, captured a fun image of her shoes in the air with balloons decorating the sky. Dimmick will be awarded $50 in balloon race souvenirs.

Honorable mentions include Barbara Muscutt of Reno; 2009’s first place winner, Kam Merzlack of Jackson, Calif.; and Angie Allen of Reno.

For more information on the event, or to become a sponsor of the 30th anniversary Great Reno Balloon Race in 2011, call 826-1181 or visit www.renoballoon.com.
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