Stories and Testimonials:
“The early morning hour acts much like a good cup of coffee without the side effects. The air briskly releases hints of fall. Looking around you see acres of billowing fabric, gently introducing panels of vibrant color into the landscape…“Read More!
-Excerpt from an article written by Rebecca Wikler for Ballooning Magazine in October 2011.
“My first year at the Balloon Races and I am at a loss for words to describe my experience out there. It’s like a big birthday party with all of the balloons everywhere!! What a spectacular show. Special thanks to all of the volunteers who help make this event successful and safe for the community to enjoy. THANK YOU!”
-Daly, September 2012
“Many years ago my family and I attended arrived very early to view the Dawn Patrol. We brought our chairs, blankets and cups of coffee. When we arrived it was pitch black and never having attended a hot air balloon event before had no idea of where to go or what to expect. So we picked a nice spot in a wide open area that we thought would give us an up close view of everything. After a while vehicles started coming into our area and unloading stuff. But, it was still dark and we couldn’t really see what they were doing. Well, after a while they began to ignite the burners to inflate the balloons and to our surprise the spot we had selected was right in the middle of the launch area. We were completely surrounded by the huge balloons!!! It was a beautiful sight, but very scary since we had never seen a hot air balloon before and didn’t realize how big they were and to be surrounded by them was amazing. Well, we packed up our things and moved to an area where we were out of the way and able to watch all of the activity. In our future visits we made sure that we set up in an area outside of the launch area!!! The Reno Hot Air Balloon Race is one of the most fantastic events and needs to be seen in person to really appreciate the beauty of the balloons.”
-Norval Chan, September 2012