“How does the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the world, top itself each year? Simple. We bring in more special-shape balloons and offer more,” said Pete Copeland, executive director of the Great Reno Balloon Race. “Right now our goal is to confirm our special shape balloons and determine our final number. It’s been very positive and it looks like for the first time in several years we’ll see more than 100 balloons. We’re also adding more family-focused activities, new concessions and a new layout to enhance the overall festival feel and total experience for the event.”
The 86-foot tall Darth Vader balloon, which depicts the infamous black helmet from the “Star Wars” films, travels from Belgium and is making its second flight at the Great Reno Balloon Race. Exclusive rides for the Darth Vader balloon and balloons during Dawn Patrol will be auctioned off on eBay starting in July.
The “Sushi” and “Shark” balloons will be tethered this year for the Children’s Cabinet, so at-risk kids can experience team building and the joy of a hot-air balloon flight.
For information, call 826-1181 or visit www.renoballoon.com.