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Off-Road Racing Mecca of the West

JA Nugget, the City of Sparks and Wild West Motorsports Park to host Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree July 14-19, 2014

A new kind of special event is coming to Northern Nevada this summer. In July, JA Nugget, the City of Sparks and Wild West Motorsports Park will host 4-wheel and off-road racers from all over the Western Region at the first Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree, July 14-19, 2014.

Slide20Just imagine what can happen when a specialty off-road racing vehicle boasts a 6-foot vertical surface climbing ability, coupled with 500 horsepower and speeds well over 100 mph.

“With space for unlimited motorized recreational activities and hotel rooms to accommodate off-road racers and enthusiasts, Sparks is uniquely positioned to become the off-road and 4-wheel racing mecca of the West,” said Jeff Knoll, Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree Organizer.

A former producer of the popular King of the Hammers event in California, Knoll studied the area carefully before selecting Sparks to host the Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree. Participants will be provided with a host of recreational opportunities that highlight Northern Nevada. Fly fishing or floating the Truckee River, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, photography, UTV and 4WD trail riding are examples of the types of recreation available in the area. This event has nightlife, with OHV themed parties scheduled for most evenings in the Nugget Casino.

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In addition to racing at the Wild West Motorsports Park, Northern Nevada is close to two of the West’s most famous off-road trails, The Rubicon and Fordyce Creek Trail. Both are located within an hour of Reno-Sparks.

Motorized recreation, coupled with Northern Nevada’s hospitality industry, make the Silver State 4 Wheel and Off-Road Jamboree a unique opportunity to build an off-road event like no other.  Finally, an event the whole family can enjoy. Relax at the spa, have a drink poolside, take a Jeep or UTV trip, float the river, or just enjoy Nevada style gaming, this event offers the perfect summer vacation.

For more information, please visit www.janugget.com and www.silverstatejamboree.com.

2014 St. Patrick’s Day in Reno Tahoe

For some, it is a day to commemorate a man named Patrick who chased some snakes out of Ireland. For the rest of us, it is an excuse to party, and pay homage to the Irish and their many traditions. There are many locations in Reno Tahoe that will provide entertainment, Irish music, and of course, great Saint Patty’s libations. Here is a list of some of the venues that will keep you occupied from the ‘top of the morning’ until the wee hours of the night!

The Leprechaun Crawl- Downtown Reno

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Reno Leprechaun CrawlThe crawl is back again folks! Saturday, March 15, the leprechauns (and wannabe leprechauns) will be out and about. Only instead of pots of gold, these guys will have cups of liquid courage! Dress in green or risk getting yourself pinched by a lot of fellow crawlers. The crawl starts at 7:30PM.

Get your cups at one of these locations. You even can buy them online!

There will also be discounted room rates at the Silver Legacy and the Sands Regency during the weekend of the Leprechaun Crawl. Use the promo code LEPCRAW at the Silver Legacy and CRAWL14 at the Sands!

More info will come shortly, and we can’t hardly wait to tell everyone all about it! Time to paint the town GREEN!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Show your Irish spirit by running in the Sparks Shamrock Shuffle!  It will be a 5k fun run for runners of all levels, with a start and finish at Victorian Square. Wear your best Leprechaun outfit, paint yourself green, or just show off the “Irish” in you on a festive run through downtown Sparks.

Downtown Virginia City-Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Often Referred to as the “Testicle Festival!”

In March, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry & St. Patrick’s Day Parade features marching leprechauns, green attractions, and a Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry (yep—they are either beef or sheep testicles, or some of both.)
This is a fun filled day of unique eating as professional and amateur cooks compete for the most creative and unique dishes utilizing these unique delicacies.  More than 20 cooks compete in one of Northern Nevada’s most popular tasting contests serving up tasty testes all day, hoping for fame and glory as one of the best Rocky Mountain Oyster cooks in the West.
it’s a full-on Irish Testicle Festival with a Beer Garden, live Irish music, individual and team ball-eating contests and topped off with the Leprechaun Bar Crawl.   At 12:00noon, catch the Virginia City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on C Street, featuring the Minden Irish Dancers, our Giant Leprachaun’s of Fresno and more.

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The Leprechaun Race

Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:30AM

The day after you’ve stuffed yourself with delicious rocky mountain oysters, work off those calories at the Leprechaun Race through Wells Avenue and the Midtown District! There will be a very athletic leprechaun in the race. He will give participants a head start, but be warned. This little green guy will be tough to beat! A special prize will be given to whoever can place ahead of him.

Click here to register for the race. The entry fee is $15 for youth, and $30 for adults. Make sure you register by midnight on March 12!

Montbleu Lake Tahoe- St. Patrick’s Day Party with Young Dubliners

Monday, March 17, Starting at Noon

If you happen to be in the Tahoe area, you won’t want to miss the St. Patrick’s day party at the Montbleu. With $3 Guinness and $3 Jameson at the HQ and The Zone lounges, those with the blood of the Irish would approve of partying here.

Celtic rock band Young Dubliners will be performing at 10:00PM. Tickets are $30, with $1 drinks at the Blu nightclub!

Reno Irish Pubs

of course, what kind of St. Patrick’s day would it be if you didn’t visit a few Irish pubs? Here are a few that are having special St. Patrick’s Day events!

http://0.tqn.com/d/renotahoe/1/0/O/F/-/-/irishpubs-ceol2.jpgCeol Irish Pub- On Monday, March 17, which is actually St. Patrick’s day, Ceol is throwing their annual celebration! There will be live music on the outdoor patio from 3PM until 8, then the Blarney Band will be playing indoors.

Shea’s Tavern- They haven’t posted any events yet, but since this Irish pub is ALWAYS open, you can be sure they will be raging this St. Paddy’s day. Check out their Facebook for event updates.

O’Skis Pub & Grille- If you happen to be at the Victorian Square in Sparks, O’Skis will be worth checking out. Enjoy some authentic Irish food and beverages in this building constructed in 1908.

Silver Legacy- Miss Naughty Leprechaun Contest

Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:00PM

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It’s a simple dress up contest! Ladies can dress up for the chance to win $1,000!

For more details, and to register, click on the cute leprechaun girl.

Grand Sierra Resort-Sexy Redhead Contest

Friday, March 14, 2014 10:00PM

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If the Leprechaun dress up contest isn’t as appealing, try participating in the Sexy Redhead Contest at the Grand Sierra Resort, lass!

Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX to Open in Sparks This February

Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX opens Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 12:01am!

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Northern Nevada has been anxiously awaiting the opening of our area’s only Luxury+ IMAX experience.

Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX at the Legends at Sparks Marina will officially open its doors to moviegoers with northern Nevada’s only IMAX 3D showing of “RoboCop.” Tickets and reserved seating will go on sale today at GalaxyTheatres.com.

The Reno/Sparks area’s only IMAX theatre will feature a 75-foot screen for the ultimate in IMAX and 3D viewing experience, which northern Nevada has never had before. Everything about IMAX viewing, from the film itself to the sound, technology, and design, is crafted to make viewers feel like they are part of the movie. The theatre features stadium seating with high-back, plush rocker chairs and plenty of legroom.

IMG_4104 (2)In addition to the IMAX theatre, the 11 other auditoriums will be equipped with state-of-the-art digital projection and Dolby ATMOS, the most advanced sound experience available. But perhaps the best part of these theatres is the comfort of their touch button, fully reclining power seats with footrests. Movie patrons have never experienced this type of comfort in northern Nevada before. Galaxy Luxury+ IMAX will also offer an expanded selection of concessions with a build-your-own sausage bar and Orville Redenbacher popcorn topped with real butter.

New Plans for JA Nugget in Sparks

The international architecture and design firm Cuningham Group Architecture Inc. has been selected to assist in the redesign of John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

NuggetGamingFloorCuningham Group put together a comprehensive design plan for the Nugget that reflects the resort’s strategy to reinvigorate and reposition the property as THE place to go in Northern Nevada. The design will feature upgraded finishes, colors and lighting to evoke a sense of fun, excitement and energy.

The renovations will feature new experiences in  food and beverage, entertainment, gaming and rooms offerings intended to honor traditional Nugget values while generally broadening their appeal.  The Nugget’s new owners plan to invest up to $50 million dollars into the property in the coming years to update and renovate the Nugget’s casino floor, hotel rooms, restaurant concepts and entertainment venues.

Fans of laid-back, all-stops-out, down-country good times will have a new place to party when the Sparks Nugget casino resort debuts Gilley’s Reno Sparks later this spring.  Gilley’s will offer Northern Nevadans a unique combination of total entertainment, including a restaurant, nightclub, live entertainment, DJs, dancing, those charming Gilley Girls and more. Line-dancing, two-stepping and boot-scooting will take center stage on the dance floor, supplemented by world-class barbecue including steaks, pork, and chicken, and following in the rich tradition of the annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off.

Those who follow pop culture–and almost anyone in search of quality recreation–will recognize Gilley’s as the iconic dance hall and saloon featured in the country classic film, Urban Cowboy. That concept has been replicated successfully at clubs in Texas, Oklahoma and Las Vegas, but it’s an exciting first for the Reno/Sparks area, as well as a fitting and fun nod to Northern Nevada’s rich ranching history.

And Yes, There Will Be A Bull.

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Gilley’s will open with 10,000-plus square feet in the space formerly occupied by the venerable Trader Dick’s restaurant and lounge.

Sparks Hometowne Christmas 2013

Sparks is kicking off their holiday season with a holly jolly weekend of festivities!

The Hometowne Christmas Parade: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada Heritage honors the Sesquicentennial – 150 years of Statehood for Nevada!  Come downtown on December 7 for a traditional Christmas parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The tree lighting ceremony will be Friday night with the parade on Saturday at 1pm.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 6, 2013 6:30-7:00 pm

Gather ‘round as Mayor Martini turns the lights on the glorious tree. Event includes carolers and great entertainment. New surprises are afoot, come and be a part! Refreshments courtesy of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Hometowne Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2013, Parade: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Come down early and get hot chocolate compliments of Living Stones Church. Check in on Santa at Santa’s Village in the Schoolhouse, where the elves from the Boys and Girls Clubs keep the Santa in merry mood. Warm up with great Christmas shopping at the Hometowne Craft Faire in the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, at Victorian and Pyramid Highway.

Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am.

Registration available at Scheels Customer Service starting November 1, 2013.

FEE: $20 OR New Toy Donation  – 100% of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots!

Halloween Parties for Adults in Reno Tahoe

Adults deserve to play dress-up, too! From wild dance parties to hoedowns, free concerts to a bloody bash,  here’s a list of a few of the major Halloween parties for all types of party goers in Reno Tahoe:

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The 8th annual Skin & Scare Halloween Party is back at EDGE Nightspot! Go all out on the costumes, because $7,500 in cash prizes will be given away in costume contests. The amazing DJ ERock is spinning the party. Doors open at 10 pm on Halloween.

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The most wild Halloween party is happening at the Silver Legacy Grand Exposition Hall. Take the elevator home, and get a discounted room rate at The Silver Legacy by using code: WILD13. There will be $3,000 in cash and prizes given away in the costume contest and more!

Scream!

On All Hallows’ Eve, “Scream!” at BuBinga Lounge with DJ Loczi. Cash giveaway for the scariest and best overall costumes. $10 cover or free in costume.

Halloween Hoedown

The Nugget in Sparks is having their third annual Halloween Hoedown, October 26. This free party and $1,000 costume contest will cast a spell on the Casino Cabaret from 9 p.m. – midnight. Guests will enjoy the best in country music and dancing with host DJ Jamie G.

Keyser Soze Halloween Concert

FREE concert with Keyser Soze in Peppermill’s Terrace Lounge on Halloween from 8 pm to midnight

Zombie Four Play

On October 26, BuBinga’s Four Play Saturday will be taken over by Zombies after the Reno Zombie Crawl. There will be $1,200 in cash giveaways for the scariest, sexiest and best zombie couple. $15 cover without costume, $5 cover in costume.

7934e1c5-8a61-46dd-88b6-5708ec225e20The Blood Brothers Halloween Bash

On October 25 and 26, The Brew Brothers will be hosting the town’s scariest Halloween Bash! Compete in the costume contest for a chance at $2,400 in prizes.

Sprites and Monsters Party

Dance the night away at the Sprites and Monsters Party on Halloween at Rise Nightclub. Get free entry if you arrive in costume before midnight. Costume contest for sexiest sprite and scariest monster.

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Click here for family Halloween events!

Holiday Travel from San Francisco/Sacramento to Reno for $1

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells….oh wait…it’s too early for holiday jingles. However, it’s not too early to book holiday travel on megabus.com. Book now for travel between San Francisco, Sacramento and Reno for as low as $1, now through Jan. 7, 2014. Yep, $1.

Megabus.com, the affordable alternative to flying and driving with tickets from $1, announced ticket sales today, valid through January 7, 2014. Megabus.com, which popularized yield-management pricing in the express bus industry, advises soon-to-be travelers to book now to secure the $1 fares and other affordable fares as they will not be easier and more abundant to find than today.

With very affordable fares on state-of-the-art double-decker buses (with free Wi-Fi!), megabus.com would be an ideal way to travel this holiday season.

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Megabus.com is the leader in the fastest-growing form of transportation by a comfortable margin (megabus.com now serves nine million passengers per year and more than 30 million passengers since 2006). With a 7.5 percent rate of growth between 2011 and 2012, city-to-city express bus travel now comfortably outpaces all other forms of transportation, yet this modern travel option remains a secret to some. Not only that, but a recent study shows that motorcoaches are the most environmentally friendly form of transportation, providing 207 passenger miles per gallon of fuel compared to 27 MPG for single passenger automobiles, making them the greatest value on the road.

Tigé MYWAKE Global Challenge

Wakeboarders, wakeskaters and wakesurfers compete against the rest of the world based on video footage of their riding.  Riders submit videos of themselves competing on wakeboard during June/July/August on their home turf.  Each month, judges from the Pro Wakeboard Tour will select the best riders in 20+ divisions.  Those winners are then invited to compete in the live event at the Sparks Marina.  2012 was the first year of this format and the finale was held in Orlando; about 50 finalists competed for the overall title.  The 2013 event has been expanded to include finalists in all age divisions as well as the men’s and women’s pros from around the world – 125 athletics are anticipated.   This is a made-for-media event and will be heavily promoted online.  It will also feature a live webcast and will be covered by Wakeboard Magazine – there is not a television broadcast component.  They will tentatively use JA Nugget as the event host hotel, due to World Sports & Marketing’s previous relationship with them for the Pro Wakeboard Tour.

Friday – amateurs compete

Saturday/Sunday – pros compete

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24-Hour Wakesurf World Record Attempt

_DSC0327To kickoff the highly-anticipated Live Main Event portion of its MyWake Global Challenge presented by Polaroid Action, Tigé has partnered with Day 1 Wake team rider Trevor Miller to attempt to become the first-ever athlete to successfully complete 24 consecutive hours of wakesurfing. The record setting attempt, to be certified by Guinness World Records, will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at Sparks Marina in Sparks, NV. Spectators are encouraged to attend and witness the amazing feat, admission is free and open to the public.

Having spent the past five months training for the record setting attempt, Miller, a professional wakesurfer, will have technology on his side in addition to his natural skill set. Towing Miller for the entirety of the record attempt will be Tigé’s Z3 boat. With a wake specifically designed for progressive wakesurfing, Miller will have the luxury of going for the record behind one of the sport’s most capable boats.

To achieve the Marathon Wakesurf record, Miller must successfully ride for at least 24 hours straight. In accordance with the Guinness rules, he accumulates five minutes of break time for every full hour of riding completed. Falls are permitted, but riding must be resumed as normal with no delaying to give him a break.

For more information about the Tigé MyWake Global Challenge, including rules, regulations and entry, visit www.mywake.com.

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.