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Customized Willys Jeep Wagon is the Region’s New “Automotive Mascot”

DSC_0201What do you get when a “gearhead” sales and marketing pro moves to the Truckee Meadows from the “Motor City” to head up the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority? A customized 1951 Willys Jeep four-wheel drive Station Wagon that will represent the region – and promote the wide variety of attractions, festivals, activities and events available in the Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe area – to crowds at conventions, tradeshows and high profile events in Northern Nevada, California and further afield.

DSC_0140“Everybody loves checking out a classic car… especially one that is beautifully hand-lettered and pinstriped, upholstered in Pendleton Indian blanket material and topped off with a hand-made, aluminum roof rack system packed with everything from skis and snowshoes to a kayak, golf clubs, fishing rods and a slalom water ski,” according to Christopher Baum, President and CEO of the RSCVA and creator of the vehicle. “It’s the perfect conversation starter to attract attention and help educate prospective visitors on the incredible diversity of things to do throughout Northern Nevada!”

Baum had great success designing and building a custom 1932 Ford hot rod powered by a new Chrysler hemi during his previous role as Senior Vice President of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, and thought that a similar classic vehicle project – carefully chosen to represent the region’s active, high desert lifestyle – would be equally effective for Reno Tahoe USA.

“I found a partially restored 1951 four-wheel drive Willys station wagon on the Internet, that already had a modern Buick V-6 swapped in for more power, and liked the fact that – although you seldom see one on the street anymore – the classic Jeep front end makes it instantly identifiable to most people,” said Baum.

Baum had the wagon shipped to the RSCVA and then set out to find some of the best local hot rodders and artists to help make his vision a reality.

Said Baum, “With the world-famous National Automobile Museum here, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Reno area is full of automotive talent, and I was quickly able to assemble a team of wonderful partners.”

Local companies that came on-board to help build the RSCVA’s new promotional vehicle:

Lane Walker, Solo Signs – Since the “Washoe Willys” is actually a clever Marketing Program in disguise, the professional presentation of the RSCVA brand logo, URL and some appropriate slogans was a top priority.

“I wanted someone who was a master at old school pinstriping and hand lettering,” said Baum. “And,” he added, “I quickly found just that in Lane Walker of Solo Signs in Reno. He’s been in the business since 1977 and has had his own shop since 1990, so his artistic services are obviously in demand. And his talent with a brush is really unbelievable.”

Matt Villafuerte, Twisted Stitch Upholstery – The Willys has two bench seats for the driver and passengers and Baum knew just what he wanted to do to make the car stand out with the crowds.

“I love Pendleton Indian blankets and had upholstered the Detroit hot rod with them to great effect,” said Baum. “I found the perfect pattern for the Willys’ color scheme on Pendleton’s website, ordered a bolt of fabric and then handed it to Matt, a talented guy who definitely knows his way around a heavy duty sewing machine. The wagon’s seats needed to be totally rebuilt before the heavy wool fabric went on, but Matt was definitely up to the task and the end result is fantastic.”

Jeff Robinson and Pete Gebhardt, Reno Speedworks – Baum wanted to display sporting gear representative of the wide variety employed in our region, but he didn’t want to use a stock roof rack.

“I love Airstream trailers and got the idea of having a craftsman fabricate a roof rack system that looks like something that company might have sold back in the 1960s,” Baum continued, “Since vintage stuff always looks cooler on display. A friend introduced me to Pete Gebhardt, and once I learned that he had spent 25 years pounding metal for Jack Roush, Ray Evernham and other top NASCAR team owners, we hired him. As a bonus, finding Pete introduced me to the rest of the gang at Reno Speedworks downtown, and their co-owner, Jeff Robinson, was able to change the Willys’ gearing to something more street-able, fabricate a front license bracket and perform a myriad of other tasks to ready the car for its debut. Pete’s retro aluminum roof rack turned out fantastic and Jeff’s wrenching gives us the confidence to hit the open road… in a vehicle built when Eisenhower was still president!”

James Herr and Bob Scott, Summit Racing – Sparks is fortunate to have a distribution center and retail store for one of the world’s foremost purveyors of high performance and custom automotive parts and accessories, and Summit’s support for the RSCVA’s new promo vehicle was immediate.

“James and Bob at Summit have been terrific, helping us choose appropriate wheels and tires for the Willys, as well as tracking down a custom air cleaner and valve covers for the offbeat Buick engine,” according to Baum. “They’re proud to be located in our region and we are delighted to have them as a sponsor on this fun build.”

Special Events Coalition – Although its individual contributions to the Washoe Willys were small (literally!), the members of this organization played an important role in giving the vehicle its unique personality: decals/stickers for most of the region’s festivals and special events – from the Nugget Rib Cook Off to the Reno Air Races, Hot August Nights and Reno Rodeo – cover the rear windows and slab sides of the aluminum roof rack, creating a colorful, and impressive, record of all there is to do and see in Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe.

“Add the Nevada Museum of Art, UNR, Scheels, Reno Aces, Cabela’s and several other cool permanent attractions, and it’s hard to imagine a visitor whose passions wouldn’t be stirred by SOMETHING here!”, according to Baum.

DSC_0218The RSCVA’s new promotional vehicle is tentatively scheduled to make appearances, subject to commitments outside the Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe region, at the following events: Reno-Tahoe Open, Hot August Nights, Toyota Silver State Showdown, Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff, The Great Reno Balloon Race, National Championship Air Races, Street Vibrations Fall Rally, Eldorado Great Italian Festival and the Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade.

Washoe Willys Photo Gallery

Fore the Love of Golf, it’s Time for the Reno-Tahoe Open

As the date of the 14th annual Reno-Tahoe Open approaches, July 30 – August 5, read all about the event, who’s playing, discounts, and how to get involved in the favorite stop of the PGA TOUR by its members!

rtoTo start, how about a coupon:

DISCOUNTED TICKETS!

Receive a $5 discount on general admission tickets, valid for any day of the tournament. The regular price of the general admission tickets is $20, but you will receive them for just $15.

Now that’s settled, here is a list of who you will see out on the green. These are the committed players as of today.

MAJOR TOUR PLAYERS:

RICH BEEM – PGA Championship winner and 16-year PGA TOUR veteran has had two top-25 finishes on the PGA TOUR so far in 2012. Returns to the Reno Tahoe Open for the 10th time.

SHAUN MICHEEL – Returns to the Reno Tahoe Open for the 8th time. He was the 2003 PGA Championship winner and one of only two golfers to have ever recorded a double eagle on a par 5 at a US Open.

TODD HAMILTON – This Texas resident was the winner of the 2004 British Open and 2004 Honda Classic and was named “Rookie of the Year” in 2004.

JOHN DALY – Has won 5 times on the PGA TOUR and a fan favorite. Known for his astoundingly long drives and outrageous golf attire, this will be his 6th appearance at the Reno Tahoe Open.

DAVID DUVAL – A 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the British Open. He was a former World No. 1 player on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

LEE JANZEN – Two-time US Open winner and The Players Championship winner has played on 2 Ryder Cups teams and the President’s Cup team.

MIKE WEIR – This Canadian has had an impressive 8 wins on the PGA TOUR, including a Masters victory, and has played in 5 President’s Cup teams.

Give a little, get a little… Reno-Tahoe Open needs some VOLUNTEERS.

rtoGain a true “inside the ropes” experience behind a PGA TOUR event!  The RTO cannot operate without an amazing force of volunteers and they could use help for a variety of positions throughout the event (July 30-August 5).  If you can’t volunteer, you can always forwarding this opportunity to friends, family or organizations that you are affiliated with… just sayin’.

Reasons to Volunteer

  • Help your community (the RTO Foundation has donated $2.2 million to nonprofits and schools to-date)!
    • Take pride in the success of this special event that receives 18 hours of GOLF channel coverage for our destination!
    • Volunteers will be able to play a round of golf for FREE at Dayton Valley Golf Club on Mondays during the month of August.  Just show your Volunteer identification badge!
    • Experience a PGA TOUR event behind the ropes!
    • It’s fun!

What is Expected

  • You do not have to commit to working every day of the event and depending on the committee that you serve, the average workday is just 4 to 6 hours long.  There are some assignments that may require longer days.
  • Typically, volunteers work three or more shifts, but the RTO is very flexible in working with your schedule and are delighted to have your assistance in any capacity you are able to provide.
  • Volunteers pay $55 to cover the cost of their uniform and receive a shirt, hat, a meal with each shift worked and two season passes to the Reno-Tahoe Open! The package is valued at over $200.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by July 30, 2012.

How to Sign Up

For more information or to sign up, call 775.322.3900 or visit http://www.renotahoeopen.com/index.php/volunteer/

About the Reno-Tahoe Open

In its 14th year, the Reno-Tahoe Open is one of just 47 PGA TOUR events worldwide, and now the only event on the PGA TOUR calendar with a Modified Stableford scoring format.   For 2012, David Duval, John Daly, Lee Janzen, Mike Weir, Rich Beem, Shaun Micheel and British Open winner Todd Hamilton have already committed to play in this year’s event and more major tour players are expected!

Reno’s All American BBQ Festival

WHAT: Downtown Reno presents the All American BBQ Festival July 6-8, sponsored by Circus Circus Hotel Casino Reno, the Eldorado Hotel Casino, Harrah’s Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino and fueled by Monster Energy. This post Fourth of July street festival will include great all-American barbequed food booths, more than 60 street vendors and two stages featuring rocking tribute bands plus special appearances by the Monster Girls and Monster DJs and presentations by Monster Energy’s freestyle motocross stunt teams.

WHO: Circus Circus Hotel Casino Reno, the Eldorado Hotel Casino, Harrah’s Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino

WHEN: Friday, July 6 from noon – 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Road Closures in effect from 8 a.m. Thursday through 9 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Reno/ Virginia Street between 2nd and 6th Streets

Commercial Row, 3rd, Plaza, 4th and 5th streets from Sierra to Center streets.

Entertainment Schedule:

Plaza Stage Harrah’s Stage

Friday, July 6 Friday, July 6

12 to 1:30 p.m. – Petty Theft                           2:30 to 4:00 p.m. – Straight Country

A Salute to Tom Petty                                     A Salute to George Straight

2 to 3:30 p.m. – Gwen in Doubt                      4:30 to 6 p.m. – Crossfire

A Salute to No Doubt                                      A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn

4 to 5:30 p.m. – Roses & Guns                       6:30 to 8 p.m. – Summer of ‘69

A Salute to Guns & Roses                               A Tribute to Bryan Adams

6 to 7:30 – Blaze of Glory

A Salute to Bon Jovi

Saturday, July 7 Saturday, July 7

12 to 1:30 p.m. – Petty Theft                           12:30 to 2 p.m. – Roses & Guns

A Salute to Tom Petty                                      A Salute to Guns & Roses

2 to 3:30 p.m. – Blaze of Glory                         2:30 to 4:00 p.m. – Crossfire

A Salute to Bon Jovi A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn

4 to 5:30 p.m. – Journey Unauthorized            4:30 to 6 p.m. – The Jacks

A Salute to Journey                                          A Tribute to AC/DC

6 to 7:30 – Skynnyn Lynnyrd                            6:30 to 8 p.m. – Hot for Teacher

A Salute to Lynyrd Skynyrd                             A Salute to Van Halen

Sunday, July 8 Sunday, July 8

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony     10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Summer of ‘69

Eldorado Fireworks 500 Awards                      A Tribute to Bryan Adams

1 to 2:30 p.m. – Heartbreaker                          12:30 to 2 p.m. – I Like It, I Love It

A Tribute to Led Zeppelin                                 A Tribute to Tim Mcgraw

3 to 4:30 p.m. – Chicago Tribute Authority       2:30 to 4 p.m. – Gwen in Doubt

A Tribute to Chicago                                         A Salute to No Doubt

Social Media Day Reno – June 30

Join Reno’s Social butterflies Saturday, June 30, at SE7EN Teahouse in the West Street Market. For the first time ever, this year’s event features an Instagram Scavenger Hunt all over downtown Reno!

532256_10150993760689445_1751222382_nWho: Teams of 2-4 people
What: Teams will be given a set of clues that lead them to complete challenges, upload photos to Instagram, and tag #SMDayReno
When: At 3:00pm the race is off!
Where: SE7EN Teahouse, and downtown Reno
Why: Reno Loves Social Media! And you can win awesome prizes like Samsung Galaxy Tablets, $100 bar tab to WET Ultra Lounge at GSR, Carrie Underwood Tickets from Circus Circus, or  gift certificates to RENO eNVy, Louis Basque Corner, Pie-Face Pizza Co and more!

REGISTER NOW!
Event Details

Being Social pay$ – here are more deals you’ll Like around town:

PEPPERMILL:

Check-in to Peppermill via Foursquare, then send us a Tweet @RenoPeppermill to let us know you’re here. We’ll choose a winner randomly from those entries on Sunday morning!

Winner will receive:
- One-Night Stay in a Peppermill Deluxe Tower Room
- $100 Dining Credit

ATLANTIS:

Post a picture of your favorite Atlantis restaurant to any of your social media handles, and tag Atlantis for a chance to win a Bistro Napa gift certificate!

Bonus:

Post a picture of your favorite Atlantis menu item to Atlantis’ Facebook wall, and you’ll also be entered for a chance to win their monthly Foodie Fans drawing!

Hopefully you already follow us, but those of you who’ve been anti-social, it’s time:

Facebook: Reno Tahoe USA
Twitter: @renotahoe & @renoevents
Instagram: @renotahoeusa
Pinterest: Visit Reno Tahoe
YouTube: Reno Tahoe USA
Flickr: RenoTahoe

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open Event Guide

On June 27, the stars of women’s bowling will compete under the stars in downtown Reno!

5:00-7:00pm       Street Festival (adjacent to the bowling lanes) on N. Virginia Street

7:00pm                 Opening Ceremonies (under the Reno Arch)

7:30pm                 Competition begins (approx. 2 hours)

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Bowling’s US Women’s Open is bowling’s most prestigious event. This is the first US Open brand event to be held in Reno!

Over 300 of bowling’s greatest women players will go head to head in qualifying rounds to earn one of five coveted spots in the finals, which will be held on the evening of June 27, literally under the stars in downtown Reno. Four bowling lanes are being constructed on N. Virginia Street, with the Reno arch as the backdrop. One of these five finalists could potentially win a $1,000,000 if they bowl a perfect match!

The competition will be televised on ESPN2 next week (July 3) – see if you make it in the crowd shots!

There will be several large screens positioned along the street festival area so everyone is sure to catch the action. (There is limited reserved bleacher seating, for event sponsors and their guests.)

Street Festival:

There is plenty more than just bowling balls rolling around the streets of downtown Reno. Located adjacent to the competition lanes, enjoy a FREE admission to the street festival! Food and beverage will available for sale, courtesy of the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus. Stop by the Reno Tahoe USA special events displays, as well as displays from the major bowling sponsors.

Reno is Artown – July 2012

500 events. 100 workshops. 33 ongoing events. 60 percent FREE.

For the entire month of July, Artown brings distinguished artists from around the world, across the country and those that live in our community all for the sake of cultural diversity and artistic innovation.

Featured Events:

July 1 – Opening Night with the Mickey Hart Band
July 2 – Reno Philharmonic “Pops at the Ranch”
July 2 – TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada “Curiosity Cat”
July 4 – Patriotic Music Ensemble
July 9 – Reno Youth Philharmonic and Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra “Summer Serenade”
July 9 – Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo
July 11 – Delphi 2 Dublin
July 16 – University of Nevada School of Arts
July 16 – BAM Percusion “The Blue Barrel Show”
July 18 – Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
July 23 – Reno Pops Orchestra “Sights and Sounds of the Silver Screen”
July 23 – Colin Concert for Kids
July 25 – Ana Tijoux
July 30 – Carmen Lundy
July 30 – “The Let’s Go Science” Show
July 31 – Closing Night with Maceo Parker

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open to Break History under the Reno Arch

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open – June 21-27

For the second consecutive year, bowling is breaking new ground at Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open, the industry’s pre-eminent professional women’s tournament. Following a landmark television finals event in 2011 that was played at the 50 yard-line in Cowboys Stadium, the Open finals will now – for the first-time ever – be played outdoors on legendary Virginia Street in Reno, Nev. History will be broken twice, as the event will also feature the introduction of the first-ever Bowling’s Senior U.S. Women’s Open, for participants over 50 years old.

538107_10151046030382112_1931746172_nThe 2012 Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open and Senior Open will take place simultaneously, beginning June 21 at the National Bowling Stadium, and will culminate with the top five bowlers earning a spot in the finals on June 27 at 7:00 p.m. For a second consecutive year, the Open finals, in addition to the newly-added Senior Open finals, will be broadcast on ESPN’s family of networks.

This event is open to the public for viewing.

www.bowlingsuswomensopen.com.

PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour Hosts Wrangler Retro Night at Reno Rodeo June 14

The best bull riders in the world are scheduled to compete in Reno, Nevada, June 14… in style.

4711570977_d7f3944b37_zIf being thrashed by the rankest PRCA bulls wasn’t tough enough, this year’s riders are asked to do it in style, dressing in retro Western wear in Reno Rodeo’s first ever Wrangler Retro Night. Fans are also encouraged to partake in the festivities… minus the bull riding. Post photos of friends and family wearing retro western clothing to http://www.facebook.com/wranglerwestern to be seen and selected for prizes!

The headliners scheduled to compete include 12 of the 15 bull riding qualifiers from the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, many of which were selected for this past December’s Wrangler NFR.

The livestock stars of the Reno Xtreme Bulls event will include a number of rank PRCA bulls; including, 202 Bring It, Juicy Vindication, and Touch of Class.

All 40 riders will compete in a long-go on June 14, beginning at 7 p.m. (PT), and the top 12 will be brought back for the finals, where the Reno Xtreme Bulls champion will be crowned based on the highest total score.

The payout for the Reno Xtreme Bulls is big, $50,000. Monies won at PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour stops count towards the 2012 PRCA World Standings, which determine qualifiers for the Dec. 6-15 Wrangler NFR.

Tickets for the one night only Reno Xtreme Bulls event may be purchased by calling 1-800-325-7328 or by visiting the event’s web site, www.renorodeo.com. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $20 for reserved grandstand seats and $25 for premium box seats. The Reno Rodeo Outdoor Arena is located at 1350 N. Wells Ave. in Reno.

Street Vibrations® Spring Rally to Rock Sparks Victorian Square June 1-3

Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts have already registered for Street Vibrations® Spring Rally and hundreds of others will join them for the official kickoff to the riding season.  It’s a three day party with live entertainment, death defying motorcycle stunt shows, great food, motorcycle vendors and more, in Sparks Victorian Square, June 1 – 3.

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Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is free to the public.  Motorcycle participants pay a fee.

There will be live entertainment, arm wrestling competitions, bike games and competitions, slow races and crowd pleasing motorcycle stunt shows throughout the three day event.

Globe of Death

John Stotts exhibits unbelievable speed and controlled balance in his Globe of Death.  Catch his show Friday afternoon, June 1 at 2:45, 4:45 and 6:45.  On Saturday afternoon June 2nd see him at 12:45, 3:45 and 6:30.  Sunday he’ll perform at 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Aerial Stunts & Jumps

Jaw-dropping aerial stunt shows featuring LivFast team members are incredibly popular.  These dare devils jump motorcycles 50 feet through the air 30 feet off the ground ramp-to-ramp and land on what appears to be a postage stamp.

LivFast will perform throughout the day Saturday, June 2 at 11:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Live Entertainment

Enjoy a variety of bands performing a wide spectrum of music throughout the event.

You’ll find non-stop blues, funk and soul music from Big Band; alternative rock from Rigorous Proof, hard rock and classic rock from Scarlet Presence; and rockabilly from Hellbound Glory.

Cheap Lick, a Cheap Trick Tribute Band, will serve up humor and rock while the High Octane Dance Band performs songs from the 80’s to today. Crush serves Beatles tunes and more with crunchy electro-rock productions.

Catch the Unauthorized Rolling Stones in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget at 9 p.m. Fri., June 1.  Doors open at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $10.

svExamine Rolling Rembrandts

Ride in Shows allow participants to showcase their bikes.  They also provide motorcycle enthusiasts with a chance to check out the artwork, chrome and customization on some of the finest bikes in the West.

Ceremonial Flag Raising

“This year we’re having our traditional ceremonial flag raising by the Spanish Springs High School Junior ROTC on the entertainment stage across from John Ascuaga’s Nugget at 4:45 p.m. on Sat. June 2nd.  The National Anthem will be sung by Nevada showroom entertainer Tamara Evans,” Burke said.  “We have a lot of veterans who participate in our events and it gives us an opportunity to thank them for their service to our country.”

Special Event Locations

Most Street Vibrations® Spring Rally event activity will start, end or take place entirely on Victorian Square in Sparks but the Rally has expanded to include some additional locations.

Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson is an official Street Vibrations® Spring Rally Vendor and the Market Street dealership will be hopping throughout the weekend with live entertainment and great deals.  Catch Alias Smith’s hard and relentless classic to contemporary rock at Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson on Saturday.

Specialized Events for Motorcycle Participants

While Vendor Village will provide non-stop entertainment with bands and groups throughout Victorian Square in Sparks, registered motorcycle participants will take part in “poker runs” showcasing scenic rides in and around Reno, Virginia City, and Carson Valley.

At each poker run stop, participants draw a card and try to compile the best poker hand to claim prizes.

For their $40 registration fee, participants get an event T-shirt, a ride pin, they participate in poker runs and ride in shows, enjoy special parking and VIP parties with entertainment.

svFun Continues Sunday

Live entertainment continues on Sunday on Victorian Square and trophies and medals will be awarded in the Open Bike Competition which is open to all motorcycles.

Sponsors

Street Vibrations® Spring Rally is sponsored by: The City of Sparks, John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort, Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson, Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority, Tamarack Junction Casino, Coors Beer, Coca-Cola and the Virginia City Merchants Association.

Contact Information

To see a complete Vibrations® Spring Rally schedule and a detailed program visit www.roadshowsreno.com.  Apps are now available for iPhones and iPads on the Web Site.  For more event information call 775-329-7469.

Schedule

Friday June 1

9:00a – 6:00p Chester’s Reno Harley open for business
10:00a Registration / Secured Parking
11:00a – 2:00p Chester’s Reno Harley – Food truck in parking lot ~ tentative
2:00p Vendors open for business. Merchants selling all things motorcycle and more! Leather, helmets, jewelry, women’s clothing, audio equipment, handbags, sunglasses, ear plugs, LED lighting systems. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pork, tri tip, corn dogs, fried pickles, teriyaki, lemonade Coors beer and Coke.
2:00 – 8:00p Hot rods and pin striping expo at the Millers Chop Shop booth. Striper Josh is the featured artist.
2:00p Go-go bar open
2:45p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
2:00 – 2:45p Live Entertainment – The Big Bad
3:00 – 5:00p Poker walk along Victorian Ave. Participants only. High hands win prizes.
3:00 – 3:45p Live Entertainment – Rigorous Proof
4:00 – 4:45p Live Entertainment – Scarlet Presence
4:45p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
5:00 – 6:00p Slow Drag & Iron Horse Rodeo
5:30 – 7:00p VIP party
6:00 – 8:00p Live Entertainment – Hellbound Glory
6:45p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
Saturday, June 2
9:00a – 6:00p Chester’s Reno Harley open for business
9:00a – 4:00p Chester’s Reno Harley – Dish Café food service in lot
10:00a Vendors open for business. Merchants selling all things motorcycle and more! Leather, helmets, jewelry, women’s clothing, audio equipment, handbags, sunglasses, ear plugs, LED lighting systems. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pork, tri tip, corn dogs, fried pickles, teriyaki, lemonade, Coors beer and Coke
10:00a Registration / secured parking
10:00a Ride-in show on Victorian Avenue. Examine these rolling Rembrandts up close and check out their personalized chrome and amazing designs
10:00a Go-go bar open
10:00 – 8:00p Hot rods and pin striping expo at the Millers Chop Shop booth. Striper Josh is the featured artist.
10:00a Poker Run to Carson City and Virginia City
11:00 – 11:45a Live Entertainment – Scarlet Presence
11:45a LivFast aerial stunt show
12:00 – 1:45p Live Entertainment – Cheap Lick
12:45 Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
3:00 – 5:00p Poker walk along “C” Street in Virginia City. Participants only. Enjoy the boardwalks in Virginia City and gather a poker hand. High hands win prizes.
1:00 – 4:00p Live music: Alias Smith at Chester’s Reno Harley
1:00 – 5:00p Bike competition
2:00 – 3:00p Slow Drag & Iron Horse Rodeo
2:30p LivFast aerial stunt show
3:00 – 5:00p Poker Walk through Nugget
3:00 – 5:45p Live Entertainment – Adrenaline
3:00p Arm Wrestling Competition
3:45p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
4:45p Flag Raising Ceremony by Spanish Springs High School JROTC color guard
5:45p LivFast aerial stunt show
6:00 – 7:00p VIP Party at the Nugget.
6:30p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
6:45 – 8:00p Live Entertainment – Jason King Band
Sunday, June 3
9:00 – 10:00a Christian Motorcycle Association of Reno (CMA) church service on the main stage
10:00a – 5:00p Vendors open for business. Merchants selling all things motorcycle and more! Leather, helmets, jewelry, women’s clothing, audio equipment, handbags, sunglasses, ear plugs, LED lighting systems. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pork, tri tip, corn dogs, fried pickles, teriyaki, lemonade, Coors beer and Coke
10:00a – 5:00p Chester’s Reno Harley open for business
10:00a Go-go bar open
10:00a – 8:00p Hot rods and pin striping expo at the Millers Chop Shop booth. Striper Josh is the featured artist.
11:00 – 11:45p Live Entertainment – Crush
11:00a – 1:30p Bike competition
11:45a Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
12:00 – 1:30p Live Entertainment – Eric Andersen Band
1:30 – 2:30p Bike Competition awards
1:30 – 2:30p Slow Drag & Iron Horse Rodeo
1:45p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show
2:30 – 5:00p Live entertainment – Jelly Bread
4:15p Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show

NEW ADVENTURES IN RENO TAHOE USA

Seven new special events are being added to Reno Tahoe’s 2012 event lineup. Events include Symbiosis Gathering Pyramid Eclipse, Dancers Extreme Challenge, Sparks Xtreme Beach Sports Festival, Fireworks 500, Lake Tahoe SummerFest, Human Performance Project and Expedition Man. Reno Tahoe USA is a destination packed full of unique special events that draw in thousands of visitors each year, and these new adventures will add even more diversity to an already vast entertainment calendar.

1_symbiosis-logoSymbiosis Gathering Pyramid Eclipse features an epic lineup of artists, musicians and teachers, and invites the masses to gather on the remote desert shores of Pyramid Lake, where the central line of the annular solar eclipse will pass at 6:30 p.m. on May 20, 2012. The May 17-22 event honors the alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun with a celebration; including, live music, guest speakers and workshops on an array of topics, such as yoga and neurology.

From June 21-24, pro, intermediate and beginner dancers from across the nation come together on the southwest shores of Pyramid Lake for Dancers Extreme Challenge. Featuring a 5,000 sq. ft. dance floor on the lake front, this complete, packaged experience includes: a Survivor style team competition, water volleyball, bon fires, and all-you-can eat breakfast, lunch and dinners.

Beach Sports FestivalSparks Marina is set to host the Sparks Xtreme Beach Sports Festival from June 30 – July 1, where the EVP Volleyball Tour and UWP Watercross Tour will combine for the first time on the west coast. Both events are the largest of their kind in country, featuring hundreds of All-American athletes going head-to-head in pro volley ball action on the beach and high-speed race action on the water.

Fireworks 500, July 1-8, features nine days of action packed events: qualifying races; performances by the Monster Freestyle MX Team, featuring X-Game and Ninja Stunt Team riders; race car displays; autograph signing; and, live entertainment. On July 7, racers take to the desert at the Reno Tahoe Motorplex, off Interstate-80 Exit 32, for a thrilling 500-mile race – the longest off-road race in the United States.

The inaugural Lake Tahoe SummerFest, July 30 – August 19, is a celebration of the arts. Masterpieces of classical music will be performed by instrumentalists from The New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, with live theatre and fine art presented by The Nevada Museum of Art. This celebration art and culture will be enjoyed under the tall pines, and alongside the crystal blue water, of Tahoe’s North Shore.

Presenting hundreds of athletes competing in over 15 different sports, The Human Performance Project is the most diverse display of athletics in the country. Held at the Grand Sierra Resort from August 23-26, competitors face off in Olympic, mixed martial arts, bodybuilding, outdoor and action sport categories.

3177724639_fa1b91e0caExpedition Man, August 25, is Northern Nevada’s first Ultra Distance Triathlon, traversing a 194.2 mile course from South Lake Tahoe to the Legends at Sparks Marina. Participants begin with a brisk swim in beautiful Zephyr Cove Lake Tahoe, followed by a challenging bike course through Carson City into Reno, culminating with three fast out-and-backs around the Sparks Marina.

Reno Tahoe USA is home to more than 290-days of special events. For more information, see the full Special Events Calendar at http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/events/reno-tahoe-2012-special-events-festivals.