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Historic 50th National Championship Air Races takes to the skies this week

Fifty years after racing planes first took to northern Nevada’s skies in 1964, the National Championship Air Races begins this week with a one-of-a-kind celebration of flight. Boasting a full slate of top-notch entertainment and aerobatics and promising one of its most competitive and high-profile racing fields in recent memory, ‘the world’s fastest motorsport’ has an array of events and activities planned to commemorate its landmark year including a rare United States performance by the Breitling ‘Jetman.’ And, it’s not without compelling storylines, as defending four-time Unlimited and Warbird Racing Class Breitling Gold champion, Steve Hinton, takes the helm of the fan favorite P-51 mustang ‘Voodoo,’ racing against the plane he’s flown to victory four times previously, the legendary ‘Strega’ now flown by longtime racer, Matt Jackson. While some qualifying takes place early in the week, the event officially gets underway on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 15. Tickets are on sale now at www.airrace.org.

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In addition to six racing classes of intense, head-to-head competition that culminates in a race for the coveted Breitling Gold Unlimited and Warbird Championship trophy and a share of $1 million in prize money, this year’s 50th Reno Air Races features one of the top private demonstration teams in the world, the L-39 Patriot Jet Team, comprised of former pilots from the United States Navy Blue Angels and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds who will  provide four days of awe-inspiring performances. Joining the Patriot Jet Team and Breitling ‘Jet Man’ making only his second North American appearance, are some of the top civilian air show performers in the world, including Kent Pietsch, Clay Lacy and Jim Pietz, performing incredible aerobatics throughout the week.

When racing gets underway, Air Race fans and aviation enthusiasts will recognize some of the most famous aircraft and pilots flying today, including restored World War II planes ‘Rare Bear,’ ‘Precious Metal,’ ‘Dreadnought,’ ‘Czech Mate,’ ‘Miss America,’ ‘Ole Yeller,’ ‘Argonaut’ and ‘Sawbones.’

Racing pilots joining Hinton and Jackson include Stu Dawson, Thom Richard, Brent Hisey, brothers Dennis and Brian Sanders, Rod Lewis, Sherman Smoot, space shuttle astronauts ‘Hoot’ Gibson and Curt Brown, Will Whiteside, Tom Aberle and northern Nevadan Dennis Buehn. In all, RARA expects more than 100 competitors and performers to participate in the historic celebration this week, in addition to the popular military static display and the National Aviation Heritage Invitational.

Event organizers also announced last month the addition of a very special fundraising dinner and celebration on Saturday, Sept. 14, which will mark the 50th anniversary by paying tribute to a collection of military, aviation and air race legends. Some of the pilots and figures scheduled to be in attendance at the National Championship Air Races Evening with Mavericks and Legends Fundraising Dinner include famed pilot Bob Hoover, considered to be one of the top pilots in history; retired United States Air Force General Ron Fogleman, former Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force; and Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher. The dinner will also feature a handful of pilots who competed at the first Air Races in 1964, including World War II veteran Clay Lacy and Air Race legend Daryl Greenameyer (Hoover also performed at the inaugural Air Races). Sponsorships and seating for the National Championship Air Races Evening with Mavericks and Legends Fundraising Dinner is open to the public. Table sponsorships include access to a private VIP reception with honorees and Gold Champion Sponsorships include the opportunity to have an honoree sit at your table during the event program. Space is limited. To reserve your space now or for more information, please visit www.airrace.org or call (775) 972-6663.

The 50th annual National Championship Air Races is the world’s premier air racing event. The races take place this year from Sept. 11 through Sept. 15. Tickets are on sale now by phone at (775) 972-6663 or online at www.airrace.org.

Nation’s Greatest Eaters to Compete in the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship

Top ranked Major League Eaters will battle cheek-to-jowl at the 8th Annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship in Sparks, Nevada on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.  The 12-minute, all-you-can-eat contest will kick-off the 25th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort over an extended Labor Day weekend.  At stake is a $5,000 cash purse and the title of Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Champion.

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Joey “Jaws” Chestnut of San Jose, CA, the #1-ranked eater in the world and six-time July 4th Hot Dog Eating Champion, secured his sixth Nugget World Rib Eating Championship title here last year by downing 8 pounds of pork rib meat in 12 minutes.  Chestnut will face #7-ranked eater, Miki Sudo, who defeated Chestnut in a 6-minute rib contest earlier this year in Chicago. Sudo has the speed, but can she endure over the grueling 12-minute marathon at the Nugget? Or will Chestnut’s experience in the long-form event pay off?

Chestnut also faces #4-ranked eater, Matt Stonie, who defeated Chestnut in another discipline this year, and came second at the Nugget in 2012. Both Sudo and Stonie will push Chestnut like he has never been pushed before in 2013. He faces his biggest challenge in an event he has dominated for years.

Other top-contenders vying for a spot in the rib eating record books will be Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez  and Erik “The Red” Denmark.  More than a dozen eaters will compete for the title of Nugget World Rib Eating Champion. Ranked Major League Eaters Dax Swanson and Steve Hendry are making their Nugget debuts. Joining them will be Reno comedian Drake Nelson.

The contest will feature St. Louis-style ribs and will conform to the MLE judging model, where ribs are weighed before and after competition to determine the exact amount of rib meat eaten by each competitor.

Hosted by John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort, the 25th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off features 24 of the world’s most decorated rib cookers vying for prize money and bragging rights. The rib cook-off attracts more than 500,000 people every year to devour more than 230,000 pounds of ribs over the extended Labor Day weekend. For more information, visit www.nuggetribcookoff.com or www.janugget.com.

Camel, Ostrich and Zebra Racing – Jockeys Unite

The Virginia City International Camel Races are in their 54th year! This annual tradition features camel, ostrich and zebra racing as jockeys from around the globe converge to compete for trophies and bragging rights. This on-of-a kind event takes place atop a historic mining quarry and promises to be a weekend full of fun and laughs.

It all started with a Tall Tale from a newspaper man! And here we are 54 years later and still living up to the Legend. Come and see these extraordinary animals race in the desert sand! Each day races will start at High Noon.

Click here to purchase your tickets

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Beat the traffic and take the travel bus from Summit Sierra Mall to downtown Virginia City. Bus leaves Summit Sierra Mall at 10am and Virginia City at 4:30pm. Pick up / drop off location at Virginia City will be the Delta Parking lot next to the Bucket of Blood Saloon. Pick up / drop off location at Summit Sierra Mall to be at TBA. $25 round trip   Click here to purchase your tickets

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off 2013

“If you like ribs, there’s no better place to be than this great gastronomic feast that competes to win over your taste buds. Music, meats, and crafts (of the art and beer variety) make for a family-friendly way to cap off the summer.” – Salon.com

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This summer, 24 of the nation’s top competitive rib cookers will vie for the coveted first place trophy, cash prizes and the People’s Choice Award as 500,000 hungry BBQ-lovers consume more than 233,400 pounds of ribs over an extended Labor Day weekend. The crowd also loves the annual Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, featuring pros from Major League Eating, including the #1-ranked competitive eater, Joey Chestnut.

Entertainment lineup:

Free Main Stage Entertainment:

Diego’s Umbrella
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 28

A mix of soul, punk and gypsy rock, this band from the Bay area will wow audiences on the first night of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.  Diego’s Umbrella is sure to get people dancing with their high-energy, funky music.

Keller Williams
7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 29
This musician really is a jack-of-all-trades. Keller Williams plays music reminiscent of jazz, funk, reggae, bluegrass, folk and more. He creates his own evocative sound and is often described as a ‘one-man jam-band’ due to his frequent use of live phrase looping with multiple instruments.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds
7:00 p.m., Friday, August 30

This blues rock group started in 1974, and will be sure to get people up on their feet dancing. They’re best known for their hit “Tuff Enuff.” Sure to be a crowd-favorite!

Mark Chesnutt
7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31

Country-favorite Mark Chesnutt propelled into the spotlight with his late-1980’s album, Doing My Country Thing. Since then, he’s charted more than 30 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs, including eight #1 singles.

Bad Company with Brian Howe
7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 1

This popular English rock band formed in 1973 and the group has included many popular rockers throughout the years. The band is best known for their hit songs “Can’t Get Enough,” “Bad Company,” and “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad.”


Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
3:00 p.m. Monday, September 2

Mixed styles of country, rock and bluegrass music will entertain rib-eaters on the last day of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. The band is known as a pioneer in incorporating Western Swing into its music, and became known for marathon live shows.

Fan Photos: Hot August Nights & Barrett Jackson Car Auction

The “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction” and the largest nostalgic and classic vehicle event in the country have teamed up for massive gearhead events  in Reno Tahoe USA this week! Fans are shooting photos of their favorite cars and festivities – check them out below!

Tag your Barrett-Jackson photos #BJA2013 and Hot August Nights photos #HAN2013 to have your photo featured.

Enjoy #RenoTahoe!

What’s New at the 2013 Great Reno Balloon Race

New balloons, brew, Super Glow Show, and mobile app at this year’s Great Reno Balloon Race

Twitter photo: @renoballoonAnyone who has been to Dawn Patrol knows it’s worth the early wakeup call, as a handful of colorful balloons light up the early morning sky. This year, the Great Reno Balloon Race team is supersizing the Glow Show at Dawn Patrol for a wowing spectacle. Between 50-100 balloons are expected to participate in Friday morning’s 5:15 a.m. Glow Show – it’s even choreographed to music!

New special-shaped balloons you’ll see in this year’s race include a Spider Pig and a Hummingbird Jewel! Can you spot them in the poster?

Download the new mobile app from the App Store or Google Play for an updated event schedule, and finder for balloons, pilots and vendors.

The new Dawn Patrol Brew, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Dawn Patrol, was created by Great Basin Brewing Co.

Cheers!

Reno Tahoe USA Events Information Center Unveiled at Reno Airport

Now open at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the Reno Tahoe USA Events Information Center allows visitors to get a glimpse of the wide array of special events and activities to be experienced throughout the destination. Upon arrival, visitors will have a chance to participate in the interactive display and learn more about what Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. The display is located along the east wall, just south of the baggage claim area.

Be sure to stop by the next time you are in the airport!

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2013 Reno Rodeo Theme Nights

Toss aside your city-slicker suit, put on your boots and cowboy up. From the rock ’em toss ’em chaos in the arena to the hoedown at the Jack Daniel’s tent, you’ll need to tighten your spurs to survive this event. Ride in with style and participate in the theme nights!

Reno Rodeo Theme Nights:

Thursday, June 20th – Wrangler Retro Night for Xtreme Bulls
Friday, June 21 Patriot Night – Wear your Red, White & Blue
Saturday, June 22 – Dodge Ram Night
Sunday, June 23 – UNR Wolfpack Night
Monday, June 24 – Jack Daniels Night
Thursday, June 27 – Coors Night
Friday, June 28 – Tough Enough To Wear Pink
Saturday, June 29 – Wrangler Gold Tour

The Reno Rodeo, better known as the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” is a 10-day event with over 680 professional athletes competing for $550,000. The PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association)sanctioned sporting event includes: Bareback, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc, Tie-down roping, Steer Wrestling, Women’s Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.

Celebrating 18 Years of Amazing BBQ, Brews and Blues!

Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes! The 18th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues festival is set for Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. The event is equal parts barbeque block party, micro-brew tasting event and music festival with two stages featuring non-stop rock and blues.

3671750931_b8c20c0ae4_zHeadliners for this year’s event include Blood Sweat & Tears, Greg Kihn Band and Tommy Castro and The Painkillers. Festival favorites like the Shane Dwight Band, Maxx Cabello Jr. and Jason King Band will be returning with newcomers like Carolyn Dolan & Big Red, Rick Hammond Blues Band, The Schall Adams Band, Valentine Rodeo and Whiskey Hauler rounding out the line-up.

Attendees can wash down the hot rock and blues with some cool brews! A selection of the Eldorado’s own Brew Brothers’ custom microbrews will be on tap along with more than 40 microbreweries from around the world including; Battle Born, Lagunitas, Sam Adams, Anheuser-Busch, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Alaskan Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co., High Sierra Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Moab Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery and many more. Beer lovers will appreciate the flat rate tasting fee instead of using tokens to sample brews. The $30 daily or $50 weekend tasting package includes an eight ounce souvenir cup and unlimited tastings during the festival tasting times of 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Plus they’ll determine which brew is crowned the winner of the “People’s Choice” award.

Nothing says summer like barbecue and the Eldorado has the perfect complement to the festival’s variety of microbrews…grilled chicken, ribs, sausage and more fresh from the outdoor charbroil grill. Food booths will line Virginia Street serving a variety of tasty options.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with the 18th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, set for Friday, June 21 from 2 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.eldoradoreno.com for more information or call 1-800-648-5966 to book your stay.

How to Score Discounts to the Reno-Tahoe Open

The Reno-Tahoe Open is recognized as a favorite stop on the PGA TOUR, the 15th annual Reno-Tahoe Open is one of only 45 cities to host the PGA TOUR and the only one offering the exciting Modified Stableford playing format! This exicting format encourages the professionals to shoot for the pin every time which creates more excitement for spectators. Besides the lion’s share of a $3 million dollar purse, 300 FedExCup points goes to the tournament winner. The stunning Montrêux Golf & Country Club is northern Nevada’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course and provides a challenging, yet beautiful, test for the top notch PGA TOUR professionals.

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For more information about being a volunteer, or to sign up, call 775.322.3900 or click here

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Enter our ticket giveaway! Each winner (20) will receive 2 General Admission tickets, valid for any single day of the tournament. Note: Children ages 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Contest Ends July 15, 2013