Monday, September 26, 2011


   Whip up a happy holiday with pumpkin carving ideas and tricks the neighborhood will love! I found these ideas at Sunset Magazine.  They have alot of west coast living decor and eating ideas.  Visit it at www.Sunset.com

   Show off a traditional Halloween message in a highly unusual way. Jackie Ortega, owner of San Francisco's Craft Gym, says this project is easy to pull off once you know the secret.
   Start by printing out "trick" and "treat" in bold letters on paper to use as a stencil. Center "treat" on your pumpkin and use a pushpin to dot the outline of the letters, then scoop out the pumpkin and carve between the dots (use toothpicks to hold centers of "e" and "a").
   Carving "trick" on the back is, well, trickier. Turn your stencil over and place it backward on the other side of the pumpkin ― then dot your outline and carve. Add a tea light or a tap light and beam your undercover message to the world.                                

1. Start by making a template: download and photocopy the design, sizing it to fit your pumpkin.
Free download: Get Nikki's stencil
2. Tape the template to a clean, dry, and hollowed-out pumpkin.
3. Using a pushpin, prick closely spaced holes along the outline of the design, making them deep enough to be seen when you remove the template.
4. Remove the template. Following the pinpricks and taking care not to cut all the way through, use a small carving chisel or linoleum cutter to outline the design. With a larger linoleum cutter, remove the rind within the outlines and scrape out some pumpkin flesh (the deeper you go, the more light will shine through). Add texture and dimension by varying the direction and depth of your carving.
5. Light your pumpkin. A votive candle is traditional, but for more illumination, use a battery-powered or outdoor-rated electric light (from $1.99; funkins.com); carve out a hole for the cord if necessary.
  • McClure recommends the Speedball eight-piece linoleum-cutter set ($16; danielsmith.com).
  • Variegated pumpkins look dramatic, ‘Small Sugar’ heirlooms are smaller and easy to carve.

Create door in pumpkin
Create a trap door in back to install a light source

Floating Pumpkins

Foam pumpkins are thin enough to carve with a craft knife and light enough to hang with thin wire.
Use a battery-powered "tap light," sold at most home improvement stores, for illumination.
We found our pumpkins at Michaels, a chain of craft stores (800/642-4235).

  1. In the pumpkin's back, use a craft knife to cut a hole large enough to slip in the tap light.
  2. With an awl, punch five holes in pumpkin for the laces and pull tab.
  3. Loop a piece of waxed string through the top holes and knot it to form a hinge, then loop another piece through bottom hole and knot it to make a pull.

Pumpkin House With Numbers

Select one pumpkin per house number and cut a hole in the top of each.
• Clean them out, saving the tops, and wipe exteriors dry.
• Center paper stencil number (ours was 5 inches tall) on the first pumpkin and adhere with painter's tape.
• With a marker, trace the stencil outline, then carefully carve just outside the line with a small handsaw or heavy-duty craft knife.
• Repeat for each number.
• Arrange a few tea lights inside each pumpkin, then line up or stack in proper order.
• Replace top on the highest pumpkin.
• Illuminate tea lights using a long-handled lighter through the holes.

How to make cat lanterns

Black Cat O'lanterns

Create a spooky trio of glossy black cats to watch over trick-or-treaters at your door. All you need are a few pumpkins in feline shapes ― long or pear-shaped for the body, small and round for the face.
At the pumpkin patch, look for body shapes with character and a stable base. They can lean to one side (like a cat on its haunches) but shouldn't wobble.
Choose a tall one for an elegant cat, or a squat orange heirloom for a chubby cat curled on its paws. Test a few "heads" until you find a good match.
This twist on the traditional jack-o'-lantern cuts down on some of the usual pumpkin cleaning: No need to hollow out the body. Just clean out and carve the head, then add mini pumpkin paws, curvy cucumber tails, and ears from stiffened felt or black card stock from the craft store. Then, light the candle, get the candy, and watch your Halloween cats come to life.

Carve a cat pumpkin
Step 1: Cut out top of small pumpkin and scoop the inside clean. Place it upside down on the base pumpkin, turning to find a good fit. If necessary, carve opening slightly to adjust.
Step 2: Set head on the base to decide placement of eyes, then carve them out. You can draw them on first or use our template.
Step 3: Cut pointy ears out of felt or card stock and mark their positions on the head with a pen. Carve two shallow grooves into the head to hold the ears. Avoid cutting all the way through the pumpkin. (For more realistic ears, carve crescent-shaped grooves.)
Step 4: Prep an outside work area for spray painting. Stuff the head with loosely crumpled newspaper.
Cover pumpkins, mini pumpkins, and cucumber with one or two thin coats of black spray paint. Allow to dry. Remove stuffing and insert the ears.
Step 5: If the head is wobbly, gently pound a few floral picks into the body with the mallet or hammer. Measure the opening of the head, then position the picks to fit just inside.
Touch up paint if needed.
Step 6: Put a short tea light on a lid or dish to catch any drips. Stick to the top of the big pumpkin with a small ball of clay polymer or poster putty. Attach the head. Position cat and arrange tail and paws next to body.


  • Knife or carving kit
  • Pumpkins
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Stiff felt or paper for ears
  • Newspaper
  • Curved cucumber or skinny gourd for tail
  • Mini pumpkins for paws
  • Black floral spray
  • Wood floral picks (5 or 6 per pumpkin; optional)
  • Mallet or hammer for attaching picks to base pumpkin (optional)
  • Tea-light candle in flat dish or jar lid
  • Clay polymer or poster putty

Halloween Globes

Invert a glass globe that normally goes over an electric ceiling light fixture, tuck a tea light inside, and you've got a holiday lantern. Choose a globe that fits over the porch light and you can greet trick-or-treaters in an orange glow.
TIME: 20 minutes, not including drying time
COST: $10 to $15
  1. Translucent orange spray paint for glass (available at some Michaels craft stores; Krylon Stained Glass Magic Color is available at www.artcity.com)
  2. Glass globe for a light fixture (available at hardware stores)
  3. Pencil
  4. Cardboard
  5. Scissors or craft knife
  6. Black contact paper
  7. Wire cutters
  8. 20-gauge wire
  9. Six black beads
  10. Rubber band
  11. Pliers
  12. Hair dryer
  13. Glass beads or sand
  14. Tea light
1. Spray-paint the outside of the globe and set aside to dry (about an hour).
2. Draw a simple design - a jack-o'-lantern, black cat, or bat - on cardboard and cut out. Trace shape on contact paper and cut out design.
3. With wire cutters, cut a 2-foot length of wire and a 1-foot piece.
4. Thread black beads on the longer wire. Gently bend it to form a rounded handle. Position over globe leaving 2 inches of wire below neck of the globe on each side. Secure with the rubber band.
5. Wrap the shorter wire tightly around the neck of the globe and, with pliers, twist firmly. Clip off excess wire. Cut off the rubber band and discard.
6. Bend the descending 2 inches of the handle up over the securing wire and lightly twist around the handle. Cover the twist with the black beads, three on each side.
7. Peel the backing off the contact paper and stick the design on the globe, smoothing out as many bubbles as possible. With a hair dryer on a warm setting, heat the paper and smooth out the rest of the bubbles.
8. Pour a small amount of glass beads or sand in the bottom of the globe. Place a tea light in the center.                                   

Foliage band

Beautiful Leafy Pumpkins

Choose Select a variety of pumpkin shapes, sizes, and colors. For added personality, select ones with unique stems.
Plan Before carving, group pumpkins in desired location and map out each one's design.
Design Trace real leaves onto paper, or use patterns from botanical "clip art" books (available at bookstores and art-supply stores). Experiment with leaf size and arrangement.
Hollow With a saber saw or pumpkin-carving tool, cut out the top of each pumpkin. Scoop out seeds and strings with a sturdy metal spoon. Then use a pottery tool called a loup, a small metal ladle, or a melon baller to scrape out as much of the interior as possible, especially where you plan to carve (this will make carving easier and allow for better illumination).
Transfer Before copying a design onto a pumpkin, clean the entire surface with a damp towel, then wipe with another towel until exterior is completely dry. Secure paper to pumpkin with masking tape or pushpins. Use a pushpin, embroidery needle, or metal skewer to prick your design onto the pumpkin.
Carve Cut along transferred design lines using a saber saw, pumpkin-carving tool, small paring knife, or linoleum-cutting tool (similar to a box cutter). Shorter blades allow more control.
Preserve To keep your designs looking fresh, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or vegetable oil to the pumpkin's carved crevices.
Light To get the right amount of glow in a pumpkin lit by candles, use multiple tea lights.                                

Glowing vines

Glowing Vines

Meandering patterns add a whimsical storybook appeal to your arrangement.

1. Cut out top of pumpkin and scrape the interior clean (see instructions).

2. Using a real vine or a vine pattern, transfer design onto pumpkin. (To create your own pattern, use varying sizes of your favorite leaf shape, then draw a vine between the leaves.)

3. Carve leaf shapes by cutting completely through the pumpkin or by scraping a shallow relief. You can combine the two methods, as shown here on the smallest pumpkin.

4. With a scraping tool, carve vine stem about ¼ inch deep, being careful not to break all the way through the pumpkin flesh.

Harlequin leaves

Harlequin Leaves

Repeat a single leaf shape for a quilted look on hollow pumpkins (see instructions).

Front left With a small paring knife, cut long, thin grooves at a 45° angle into pumpkin, being careful not to break all the way through the flesh. Repeat in vertical rows as shown.

Center Intersperse vertical rows of two leaves with rows of a single leaf, reversing the direction of leaf stem in each row. Along top and bottom of single-leaf rows, cut out triangular notches and depress slightly.

Back right Cut out leaf shape in two parts, leaving center vein in place, or use a scraping tool (see instructions) to peel away rind inside the design, leaving center vein exposed (we used both techniques on our pumpkin).



Create a centerpiece-worthy embossed effect with no candle or seed scooping required.

1: Using a large leaf (or a leaf pattern enlarged to fit your pumpkin), transfer design onto the center of an intact pumpkin.

2: With a pencil, draw a complementary shape to frame the leaf design, preferably leaving at least ½ inch of space on all sides of leaf edges.

3: Use a scraping tool to peel away flesh between leaf shape and its frame. With the same tool, carve leaf veins in a freehand pattern.

4: Arrange multiple silhouetted pumpkins along the center of an outdoor table. Add stones or leaves to complete the setting.    

Party pumpkins

Party Pumpkins

Get a jump-start on holiday decorating with these shimmery miniature pumpkins. Tiny pumpkins ― or any small gourds ― can be colored in minutes with acrylic paints or permanent markers. The secret to their jewel-like sparkle is a finishing glaze applied after the paint or ink has thoroughly dried.
Display the decorative pumpkins in a pretty bowl on a coffee table, use them as a centerpiece on the dining table, or nestle them with seasonal greens in potted plants. You can even use them as place cards, setting them on individual plates with name tags attached to the stems.
1. Use a foam brush to apply acrylic paint evenly over pumpkin.
2. While paint is still wet, run a rubber comb around the pumpkin. Start from the stem and work from top to bottom. As an alternative to painting and combing, use a broad-tip marker to draw spirals or dots on the pumpkins, or go a little wild by drawing random lines in contrasting colors.
3. When paint or ink is dry, spray with a polyurethane glaze as a protective finish.
Miniature pumpkins in varying sizes and shapes
Foam brush
Acrylic paint
Rubber comb (available from craft stores)
Broad-tip permanent markers
Polyurethane glaze  



   Fiestas Patrias is much like the American 4th of July in that it celebrates the creation of an independent country free of their colonial masters. Mexico's celebration of independence doesn't celebrate the actual day of independence but the call to be an independent nation. On September 16, 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo the parish priest of the small town of Dolores, issued his call for Mexicans to rise up and overthrow Spanish rule. This call for independence is known as "El Grito", the cry, and is widely celebrated all over Mexico today. Today it is simply rendered as "Mexicanos, Viva Mexico" and the crowds answer back with loud cries of "Viva Mexico" and much celebrating. In Mexico City the president gives the "El Grito" to thronged masses gathered in the Zocolo and the same act is repeated in small towns and big cities across Mexico. Today in Mexico the "El Grito" is delivered on Sept. 15 around 11 PM followed by a fireworks display and bands playing. The next day, Sept. 16, is given over to a grand fiesta.

   The town of San Miguel de Allende, then known as San Miguel el Grande, played an important role in the early days of the rebellion. The town's most famous resident, Don Ignacio de Allende, a Captain in the Spanish army, played an important role in the conspiracy and leading the rebellion in the early days. The first target of the newly born revolution was to march on the town of San Miguel el Grande where Allende hoped to secure the support of his troops. Other citizens of San Miguel el Grande were also to play important roles in the rebellion. Since the town of San Miguel el Grande played such an important role in the early days of the movement towards Mexican

independence the present day residents take great pride in putting on a really grand fiesta to remember the those early days. The fiesta takes the form of a pageant in the streets of San Miguel de Allende where the events are reenacted in approximately the proper time line.
   The early days of the Independence movement: In the early 1800's in the larger tows of Mexico there were literary clubs where intellectuals gathered to discuss the latest in books and culture. In many places they became centers for the discussion of breaking free from Spain. The Literary Club of Queretaro was particularly active in plotting the overthrow of Spain. Allende was the president of the club and Hidalgo was also member. They had been planning to start the rebellion in December but their plot was

discovered by the Spanish authorities. On Sept. 15 Allende hurried to Dolores to warn Hidalgo that their plot had been discovered. Hidalgo decided that the struggle must begin right away. In the early morning hours of Sept. 16, 1810 Hidalgo called together his parishioners and issued his now famous call for the people to rise up and overthrow Spain. This call to arms became the "El Grito" that is now celebrated all over Mexico. Hidalgo's "army" was composed of Indians, and lower class Mestizos mostly armed with clubs and machetes, none with any military training. That morning, some 600 strong, the marched to the Santuario de Atotonilco, a long time shrine and pilgrimage center, where they took a banner with the image of the Virgin De Guadalupe on it and this became the battle flag of the revolutionary movement. After Atotonilco the insurgents moved on to nearby San Miguel el Grande where Allende hoped to recruit his military unit in the insurrection. All these events of the first few days are acted out in the Fiestas Patrias.

   While September 16 is the day that is celebrated in Fiestas Patrias the actual Fiesta takes 3 days in San Miguel de Allende with lectures and presentations both preceding and following the Fiesta. On Sept. 14 the Conspirators cavalcade from Queretaro come riding into town and putting on a pretty good horse show in the streets. Sept. 15 there are various events including an athletic completion, in the evening there is a dance performance of traditional Mexican dances. The big event happens around 11 PM when the Mayor delivers the "El Grito" address to the gathered crowds in the Jardín followed by a grand pyrotechnic display with both aerial rockets and the burning of the traditional Mexican Castillos and much celebrating by the crowds. Sept. 16 the Fiesta continues with a military parade and the re-enactment of Hidalgo's insurgents entering the city. In the evening there are more dance performances and another fireworks display.





Yesterdays Halloween is not like Todays celebrated traditions, in the world of today we hand out candy to kids carve pumpkins and dress up as a spook or witch. Is the founded traditions in anyway related to todays?

    I love Halloween. You can dress up however you like, eat all the candy you want and scare the heck out of kids that want to act tough.
   Today Halloween has diverted from the ancient Celtic traditions in which Samh ain (Sow-in). marked the end of summer and its harvest bringing forth the dark, cold winter, a time associated with human death and on this night the Celts believed it was the night “Ghosts” would return to earth, cause trouble and damage crops. Which brought the Celts to wear costumes, burn their crops and sacrifice animals. The Celts were conquered in 43 A.D. by the Romans, in which they replaced Samh ain with their own twist on the holiday turning Samh ain into All-hallows-eve which would be known as All-Saints-Day.

   Today’s Halloween we use it as a celebration causing mischief and handing out delicious treats to the neighbor kids that wear costumes. Though today, most individuals could not tell you a scrap of history regarding how Halloween came to be and why we carve Jack-O-Lanterns or even how the name came to be. Ask a random person this question and you will typically get an answer from the “now trying to be a historian friend” about how carving pumpkins was thought up as a way to scare away ghosts. The real story behind Pumpkin carving involves a man named Jack and the tricks he played with the Devil. After making the Devil promising not to take his soul upon dying, and God not allowing him into Heaven, he was bound to earth on this one night with only a hot coal as his guide in which he put into a Squash. Such things are stories of course, but the tradition later evolved into carving Pumpkins to scare away “Jack".

   You may be thinking at this time: “Why is he stating all this garble?” Well to be honest, to celebrate something and not know anything about what is being celebrated is a bit Senseless, with the exception of you for taking the time to read this and further your education.
    Though the Halloween as we know it is here to stay, how long until we forget where it came from? I have not given an entire overview of the old practices, only brief descriptions of some old traditions and how they came to be.


   Because of the long and storied history of Halloween, there are many Vintage Halloween traditions that have been associated with the holiday for many years. Halloween, or All Hallows Eve  as was called long ago, has a very special history all its own. The many vintage Halloween customs set this Halloween apart from many other special occasions. The origins of many vintage Halloween traditions are both very colorful and diverse. What we know as modern day Halloween traditions and festivities are rooted in the Vintage Halloween traditions from the original All Hallows Eve  celebrations from centuries long ago.   All Hallows Eve actually evolved from an even older tradition. The pagan festivial, Samhain, was celebrated by ancient Celtic people for many years before it evolved into All Hallows Eve. When Celtic immigrants began entering North America in large numbers during the 19th Century, they brought the

 tradition of Samhain with them, thus laying the groundwork for many of the vintage Halloween customs that are still with us today.    Samhain traditions included dressing up in animal costumes and going door to door in search of a feast. This of course, is the vintage Halloween precursor to what we now call trick-or-treating. With time, the Samhain celebration evolved into what we know of as All Hallows Eve during the19th century.     The origin of the name All Hallows Eve refers to the timing of Halloween, which is the day before All Hallows Day, now commonly referred to as All Saints Day. All saints day is religious holy day, set aside to honor the saints. All Hallows Eve is now referred to as All Souls day, Which is a day set aside to honor the souls of the departed.    The supernatural aspects of Halloween are strongly rooted in vintage Halloween customs and traditions. The association of ghosts and other supernatural elements with Halloween are rooted in the vintage Halloween beliefs that stem from beliefs about what happens in the supernatural world on the day set aside to honor those who have passed into the next life. Many people believed that All Hallows Eve was the

 one night when ghosts come in contact with the world of the living. In light of this belief, a ghost costume may just be the best selection to honor vintage Halloween traditions in the modern world.   As time went by, All Hallows Eve evolved into what we now know as Halloween. During the evolution of Halloween from its ancient beginnings to modern day Halloween, the celebration was actually known by several other names. Vintage Halloween names include Hallowe’en, which is a contraction of All-hallow-even, which represents, of course All Hallows Eve. Of course, today, the celebration is referred to simply as Halloween.    The next time you are enjoying a Halloween party, haunted house, or candy obtained through trick-or-treating, remind yourself that in continuing to observe the traditions of Halloween in the modern world, you are also paying tribute to vintage Halloween celebrations of centuries past.   While you don’t have to know the history of Halloween to enjoy the many fun and exciting events associated with modern day Halloween celebrations, it is very interesting to look at the long and storied origins of the vintage Halloween traditions that we still enjoy today.


   The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot air ballooning event in the Nation. During three days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with more than 100 balloons each year. Taking place just a few miles north of downtown Reno, the event enchants both young and old with its vibrant colors and inspiring music. The Balloon Race has won many awards over the years including 'Best Special Event in Reno' and 'Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.' With an average of 150,000 spectators attending the event each year, the number of lives touched by the beautiful spectacle continues to rise just like the balloons themselves.


   Twenty balloons participated. The idea was to create an event that would keep visitors in town the weekend between the State Fair and the Reno Air Races.


    The pre-dawn flight known as Dawn Patrol is a new phenomenon in the world of hot-air ballooning. In 1978, Federal Aviation officials approved strict flying regulations and standards that all pilots must use in predawn flight. These regulations include flying within an hour of sunrise along with special navigation lights that are located under the basket. In the late 80’s the Balloon Race Board of Trustees patented Dawn Patrol and began one of the community’s most popular traditions in 1990. Balloon rallies around the country use The Great Reno Balloon Race as a model in orchestrating their pre-dawn events.



   The Community Launch was added. The goal is to direct the balloons to a point on the launch field. This offers the audience a new perspective of the skill needed to fly a balloon as spectators witness the pilots navigating through the wind currents to get to a spot directly in front of them.


   Addition of the Glow Show, which was added to offer spectators an attraction as they wait for Dawn Patrol on Saturday and Sunday. It also helps to showcase our major supporters (on Saturday) and Special Shape balloon visitors (on Sunday). The Glow Show begins at 5 a.m.

Getting ready for a night take off


   Washoe County school children get involved with the event in the Tissue Paper Balloon Launch. This event gives school children a chance to positively interact with their community. One of the major goals of this project is to make sure that no funding comes out of the pocket of school teachers.  The thrill of winning big goes airborne as the Biggest Little City in the World hosts the biggest card game,  Balloon Blackjack. The casino-style action gives pilots a chance to throw two extra markers at huge face cards placed on the launch field. Those pilots hitting the highest hand most accurately win prizes.


   Regional art gets representation at the event due to an affiliation with the Sierra Arts Foundation and the Reno Gazette-Journal. Over a dozen artists were on-site featuring works at the Sierra Artists’ Tent, representing that the arts are alive in Reno. The Tissue Paper Balloon Launch received the prestigious
   Judges’ Choice Award given by the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public
Relations Society of America.

She just couldn't wait anymore!

   Attendance soared to new record levels at the 19th annual race, as over
135,000 spectators visited the event.


   The Great Reno Balloon Race celebrated its 20th Anniversary with the Birthday Cake balloon.

   ABC’s Good Morning America appeared at The Great Reno Balloon Race for live cut-ins of Dawn Patrol during their Friday morning show.


   The Great Reno Balloon Race hit record attendance with over 140,000 spectators attending the three-day event. Also,

   Serena’s Song, the only wheelchair accessible balloon in the United States, offered free tethered rides for wheelchair uses and people with disabilities throughout the weekend.


   The 25th Anniversary Great Reno Balloon Race was one for the record books! Saturday’s Balloon Race crowd of 75,000 was the highest in history. Throughout the event an estimated  175,000 spectators braved the early morning chill to celebrate 25 years of high-flying fun.

   CNN attended the event and The Great Reno Balloon Race also got coverage in worldwide media including Prestige Hong Kong, Every Day with Rachel Ray and The History Channel Magazine.

Event Highlights

    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. As hot air encompasses the material, the liftoff begins and your spirits ascend with the hot-air balloons as they take flight.
   The Great Reno Balloon Race is proud to feature the following events for your pleasure and enjoyment.

Filling the balloon for flight

E. L. Cord Tissue Paper Balloon Launch    
In conjunction with the Washoe County School District, and thanks to the generous support of the E.L. Cord Foundation, thousands of students will launch their hand-made tissue paper balloons into the air. This delightful sight is on Thursday and Friday at 9:30 am.

Glow Show
    Beginning at 5:00am on Saturday and Sunday, glowing balloons will act as a beacon to those sleepy spectators making their way to the launch field. Just follow the sound of "Dueling Banjos" and the distant glow of beautiful balloons. If that doesn't wake you up nothing will!

A night flight

Dawn Patrol
   A trademark of The Great Reno Balloon Race worth the early rise, the show features a handful of balloons that are qualified to fly in the dark. This is a dangerous task as atmospheric conditions change drastically as the sun begins to rise. Balloonists glow, twinkle and fly along with choreographed music across a darkened sky, leaving the crowd awe struck. Saturday and Sunday only.

 T-6 Formation Fly Over   Each morning during the national anthem, just as the American flag is presented for Mass Ascension, spectators will be thrilled by a T-6 formation fly over. Thanks to our partnership with National Championship Air Races, visitors can experience just a brief taste of what the Air Races are all about.

Wells Fargo Mass Ascension Launch
    Starting at 6:45am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, over 100 balloons will launch from Rancho San Rafael Park. The splendor of these unique and beautiful balloons thrills the crowd as they enjoy the multitude of vibrant sights and sounds in the early morning light.

Balloon Boulevard
   Crafts, souvenirs, food and warm drinks await spectators at the concession line. Official posters may also be purchased here along with official Balloon Race clothing and memorabilia. We encourage you to visit and support our vendors as they are part of the reason this event continues to be free.

Teaching a little about hot air balloon aviation

Balloon Blackjack
   Pilots try their hand at throwing markers at jumbo-sized playing cards placed on the field. Those hitting 21, or closest thereto, at the centermost spot on the cards win the hand of the day!

Tethered Rides    After Mass Ascension, the RE/MAX balloon provides tethered rides for children. These rides are available to the general public for a $5.00 donation to the "Children's Miracle Network."

  Special Shapes

   Each year The Great Reno Balloon Race features a variety of special shaped balloons to the delight of our spectators. Check back often to see what balloons will be flying the Reno skies during this year's event.