Weather permitting, $5 tethered rides will be available for sale in the morning from 7 to 10 a.m. Throughout the day, select event merchandise and raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win one of two hot-air balloon rides at this year’s event or rides in the T-6 airplanes that fly over the event field. There will also be raffle drawings for other exciting items and balloon race souvenirs. Kids will enjoy free hot chocolate samples, face painting, $5 haircuts and free karate classes. Parents can enjoy free coffee samples from Starbucks, Port of Subs breakfast samples and drink specials from Vino 100.
From 4 to 6 p.m. join the balloon race crew at Vino 100 for the unveiling of the 2009 Great Reno Balloon Race poster and a champagne toast to this year’s event. Final drawings for the raffles will be held at this time and the artist of the poster will be at the venue signing autographs.
If you are unable to attend this event and want to make a donation, or would like more information on The Great Reno Balloon Race, visit www.renoballoon.com or call 826-1181.
Thanks to the support of generous sponsors, The Great Reno Balloon Race continues as a free event for its 28th year. This year’s major sponsors include: Wells Fargo Bank, Wilbur D. May Foundation, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Peppermill Hotel Casino, Farmers Insurance Group, Harrah’s Reno, Curves, the city of Reno, Jack in the Box, Great Basin Internet Services, Communications Installation Services Inc. (C.I.S.) of Reno, News Talk 780 KOH, Bonanza Casino, Eldorado Hotel/Casino and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Special thanks goes out to founding sponsors Circus Circus, IGT, Sands Regency Casino Hotel and the University of Nevada, Reno.