Great Reno Balloon Race: ‘We hope to see hot-air balloons in Reno’s skyline this fall’

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The Great Reno Balloon Race kicked off on Friday. Watch these giant balloons ascend over Reno in this one-minute timelapse. Reno Gazette Journal

You still might see some hot-air balloons float over Reno in September, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Great Reno Balloon Race.

The organization is still planning its 39th annual event from Sept. 11 to 13.

Currently, a team has been working remotely and practicing social distancing while planning for the event, organizers said in a news release Thursday.

“The organization is monitoring regulations and protocols from a national, state, county, and city-level and will adjust plans according to the guidelines set forth,” organizers said, adding safety is a top priority.

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“With this in mind, we hope to see hot-air balloons in Reno’s skyline this fall.”

The event will feature new balloon shapes, including Kermie, Humpty Dumpty, and Rocket Raccoon.

Organizers also announced VIP parking and Cloud 9 VIP passes—which grants access to a heated tent, a catered breakfast, transportation from parking to the tent, and drinks—for the upcoming event are on sale.

Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.

Marcella Corona is a breaking news reporter who covers crime and justice in Northern Nevada. Support her work by subscribing to RGJ.com.

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