RENO — In a first for the Great Reno Balloon Race, officials are auctioning a ride for two people in the Darth Vader hot air balloon during the 30th anniversary event on Sept. 10. The auction bidding started at $500 and ends at 8 p.m. Monday. The Vader balloon is the most popular, highly photographed and sought after hot air balloon in the world, making the value of the rides priceless.
The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the nation and 100 percent of the proceeds from this auction will go directly toward 2012 operating expenses. For more information and a link to the auction, visit www.renoballoon.com.