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Great Reno Balloon Race prepares for lift off

Great Reno Balloon Race

Up, up, and away! Giant hot air balloons will fill the skies of Reno for the weekend of Sept. 8-10.

Head out to Rancho San Rafael Park starting at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 to see the park's skyline filled with nearly 100 gorgeous hot air balloons.

Attendees can expect to see a variety of special shaped balloons like various Star Wars characters, fish, and many more.

Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 8

  • Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park 3:30 a.m.
  • Super Glow Show presented by united 5:15 a.m.
  • Mass Ascension Launch/
  • Judge Declared Target Competition 6:45 a.m.
  • Biggest Little Pajama Party 7 to 7:30 a.m.
  • E.L. Cord Foundation
  • Tissue Paper Balloon Launch 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9

  • Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park 3:30 a.m.
  • Glow Show 5 a.m.
  • Dawn Patrol 5:30 a.m.
  • Mass Ascension Launch
  • Judge Declared Target Competition 6:45 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10

  • Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park 3:30 a.m.
  • Super Glow Show 5 a.m.
  • Dawn Patrol 5:30 a.m.
  • Mass Ascension of balloons 6:45 a.m.
  • Girl Scouts Scavenger Hunt 6 to 8 a.m.
  • Pilot Award Ceremony 11 to 11:30 a.m.

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