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30-Foot Tall “Styrobot” Invades The Discovery’s Lobby

Reclaimed Styrofoam robot invites visitors to create a ‘bot of their own for a chance to win prizes -

The_Discovery-Styrobot_Challenge2A 30-foot tall robot made of reclaimed Styrofoam was recently constructed in the lobby at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery). The robot, called a “Styrobot,” invites visitors of all ages to participate in the museum’s Styrobot Challenge.

Using solely reclaimed Styrofoam packing material and glue, participants can create their own Styrobot of any shape or size in this fun, at home challenge. Entries will be judged on five criteria: creativity, personality, originality, function and stability. Entries must be delivered to The Discovery by 5:00pm on Sunday, December 15, 2013. In addition to first, second and third place prizes, there will also be a people’s choice award (first place winner receives a one-year Family Fun membership (or renewal) to The Discovery—see website for a list of other prizes).

All entries in the Styrobot Challenge will be on display at The Discovery from December 21, 2013 to January 11, 2014.

For rules, judging criteria, entry forms and more information about the Styrobot Challenge and other activities at The Discovery, visit the museum’s website at

Win Tickets to Xtreme Bulls at the Reno Rodeo

Win tickets to Xtreme Bulls – the opening night of the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West!”


Tweet to us @renotahoe why you want to win the tickets and hashtag #RenoRodeo to enter to win!

One tweet = one entry. Max. one entry per day, per person.


Each winner will receive two (2) reserved grandstand seating tickets for Xtreme Bulls (June 20, 7:00pm)

About the event:

Xtreme Bulls opens the Reno Rodeo and features 40 of the world’s best professional bull riders and 40 of the best bulls in the country.  It’s a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned event. Money won on the Xtreme Bulls Tour counts toward the PRCA World Standings, which determine the qualifiers for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.   The Tour has a combined purse of $465,000 and the Reno event features a $40,000 purse.  Fans will be on their feet the entire night.

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Contest Ends:

June 13

Winners Selected:

June 14

Good Luck, Cowboy! (And Cowgirls!)

WIN 4 Bulls v. Lakers Tickets at the NBA D-League Showcase

Enjoy 16 Games of Great Basketball Action During the NBA D-League Showcase (January 7-10, 2013)!

1_logo-smallerFor the second year in a row, Reno will roll out the red carpet for NBA D-League teams and NBA team GMs and scouts. Held at the Reno Events Center in downtown Reno, all sixteen NBA D-League teams will compete to impress NBA coaches and scouts in search of NBA prospects.  Four days of talented basketball action with 4 games per day.  General admission tickets are just $10/day and are valid for all 4 games played that day.  For the first time ever for the NBA D-League, three of the games will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network.  For Reno Bighorns fans, they will play the evening game on January 7 and 9.  There’s an extra treat on January 9 when specially selected NBA prospects will compete in a 3-point shootout and a slam dunk contest prior to the game.

If you buy your tickets now through January 9 through the Reno Bighorns office, you’ll automatically be entered into a contest to win 4 tickets to see the LA Lakers vs the Chicago Bulls (March 10, 12:30pm at Staples Center in LA)*.  For each Showcase ticket purchased, you’ll earn one entry into the contest!  The winner will selected during the 7:00pm Showcase game on January 9th but you need not be present to win. To purchase tickets and be entered into the contest, call the Bighorns front office at (775) 284-2NBA. For more information about the Showcase, go to

*winner is responsible for all travel, lodging and food/beverage


Plan and experience all that Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. From event listings to coupons, snow reports to golf information, this application has everything you will need to make the best out of your trip. If you are already in town, simply turn on the location service and only see things that are within walking distance.

Here is what you can do with the Reno Tahoe USA application:

  • Search and view all of the amazing events happening now and in the future
  • Browse our complete hotel database and find the perfect place to stay
  • Find a restaurant that matches your mood
  • Explore all of the shopping available in Reno and Lake Tahoe
  • View coupons from many of our great partners – For you golfers, the app displays everything you need to pick a course, including yardage, par, cost and much more
  • And for the skiers, boarders and snow lovers, the app has everything you need to pick the perfect resort including pricing, lift status and more

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“There are so many choices for entertainment, special events, outdoor adventure and relaxation in Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe that it can be difficult for visitors to narrow down their options before they get here,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “More and more visitors are relying on mobile technology to point them in the right direction for information on their passions at any given moment, and the new Reno Tahoe USA app provides visitors with more information, and more control, of their overall travel experience.”

The Reno Tahoe USA app provides potential visitors with information on which hotels may be best suited to their needs; what concerts, events and entertainment will be offered during their visit; where they can get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, ski resorts and golf courses; as well as where they might find a great restaurant, a world-class spa or unique shopping throughout the destination. Once visitors are here, the app uses their location to help them find activities of interest within walking distance. The app also provides easy access to a variety of coupons, deals and discounts offered by dozens of local businesses.

In support of the popular “buy local” campaigns being launched in destinations across the country, the RSCVA worked with Reno-based KPS3 Marketing to develop the Reno Tahoe USA app, which it designed to maximize, and to simplify, the number of options presented to visitors.

“Travelers have come to depend on their phone for guidance in new destinations,” said KPS3 Vice President of Creative and Technical Services Rob Gaedtke. “This application puts visitors in control of that experience and allows the RSCVA to share the myriad offerings found in the Reno Tahoe area.”

The RSCVA and its partners are also making the new Reno Tahoe USA app more than just a source of information. One new user of the Reno Tahoe USA app will be given a three-day, two-night stay, at their choice of the Eldorado Hotel Casino or Silver Legacy Resort Casino, each month through October 2013.

The Reno Tahoe USA app can be downloaded at the iPhone Mobile App Store, the Android Google Play Store or at

VIP, Contests & The 2012 Great Reno Balloon Race


IMG_3324The Cloud 9 VIP Club offers an exclusive front-row luxury experience for businesses and individuals Saturday and Sunday during The Great Reno Balloon Race, scheduled Sept. 7-9, 2012 at Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, Nev.

Featuring indoor and outdoor seating on the field with remarkable views of race venue and balloons, additional benefits include: breakfast catered by the Eldorado Hotel Casino with collector champagne flute and other select beverages to choose from, VIP parking passes with transportation from the parking lot to the heated VIP tent, credit for the merchandise booth, Cloud 9 VIP badges for easy access and more.

Individual seating is priced at $75 and $50 for children 10 years of age and younger. Corporate tables of 10 guests are available for $750. Space is limited, reserve today.

For more information visit Cloud 9 VIP Club or purchase online. For more information about The Great Reno Balloon Race visit or call 775-826-1181.


May the force and winning bid be with you…

Enter to Win a two-night stay at Siena Hotel Spa Casino, Sept 7-8, 2012. The winner (and one guest) will also get to ride in the Reno Tahoe USA hot air balloon during the Great Reno Balloon Race mass ascension launch on Sunday, September 9!

Enter to Win one of two 2012 Commemorative Pilot Jackets from the Great Reno Balloon Race. Every effort will be made to provide the winners’ preferred size.

Bid to Win balloon rides in the world-famous Darth Vader balloon, Sept. 7-9 at Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, Nev. Bidding for Darth Vader and Dawn Patrol balloon rides are open and available until August 13 on

Win a 2 person Entry to the Run Amuck

2010 Run Amuck LogoThe RSCVA and the Reno River Festival are giving away (4) – 2 person team entries to the Run Amuck this Saturday May 8.  To enter, simply go toe the Reno, Nevada Page on Facebook and submit your best picture from any of the previous Run Amucks. Enter as many pictures as you like, we will judge each one individually!

On Friday, we will choose the best 4 pictures that have been submitted and they will receive a free entry for a 2 person team to this Saturdays Run Amuck in Reno.

Winners will be announced on this post, as well as the Reno, Nevada Page on Facebook.

Reno Tahoe Tweetaway: A contest for the digirati

twitter-contestIn our neverending effort to promote the virtues (and sometimes fun vices) of Reno Tahoe, we give away a lot of stuff — and we do a lot of giveaways online. And now we are stepping up the giveaways to our ‘Tweeps’ on Twitter.

If you’re a Twitter user, but you aren’t following @renotahoe, take a moment and do so here – you won’t regret it. Once you are following, check out our contest: We’re giving away a 3-day, 2-night stay in Reno Tahoe to a random Twitter user on Aug. 3. All you have to do to enter is add 10 characters to any tweet – #renotahoe – between now and Aug. 2 and that constitutes an entry. Enter early and enter often for your chance to win.

Contest details:

  • The prize is a three-day, two-night getaway to a Reno Tahoe hotel casino
  • Winner will be chosen randomly from tweets containing the phrase “#renotahoe
  • Multiple #renotahoe tweets constitutes multiple entries (through Aug. 2)
  • Winner will be announced on Twitter and on our contest page Aug. 3


  • Contest runs July 15 – Aug. 2.
  • Participants are encouraged to enter multiple times.
  • To enter, follow us on Twitter and include the #renotahoe hashtag in your tweets. Each tweet sent with the #renotahoe hashtag constitutes one entry.
  • A winner will be chose at random Aug. 3, and the winner will be announced on the @renotahoe Twitter account and on the this contest page.
  • Winner will be contacted via direct message on Twitter and must respond within 5 days via e-mail. A redeemable voucher will be sent to the winner via U.S. Mail within 10 days of receipt of mail details.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter.

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Check out other Twitter users’ hashtags of #renotahoe here

Online giveaway: Break the ‘Reno Rules’

Downtown Reno

Flickr photo from RenoTahoe

Reno-Tahoe is inviting visitors to break the ‘Reno Rules’ with a new television and ad campaign featuring attractions from skiing to dining and casino action in the Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe markets.

Part of the promotion includes a vacation prize package worth a weekend stay at participating hotel-casinos, plus meals and ski tickets. Enter online

Visitors are also encouraged to break the rules and submit photographic proof – snapshots or video – to enter for a vacation prize package, plus an official Reno Rules Flip Mino video camera. Enter online

Also check out the lodging discounts for hotel-casinos in Reno and Sparks – get a free at participating hotels when you book online.