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Iconic Darth Vader hot-air balloon returns

RENO The Great Reno Balloon Race (GRBR), now in its 33rd year, secures the Darth Vader hot-air balloon for the 2014 event.

The 86-ft. tall Darth Vader balloon depicting the infamous black helmet from the Star Wars villain travels from Belgium and is making its third flight at GRBR.

Over the years, the Darth Vader balloon has become an iconic symbol of our event, said Pete Copeland, executive director of GRBR. Our fans love the balloon, and we are thrilled to announce its appearance early on. Over the next couple of months, fans can expect to learn more about our plans to incorporate the Darth Vader balloon into the overall experience of the event.

This year, fans can expect to see upwards of 100 balloons, including 15 special shaped balloons and an extended glow show on Friday featuring 20 to 25 hot-air balloons illuminating the early morning skyline. The race will take to northern Nevada skies September 5th through 7th at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nev.

For more information about GRBR visit renoballoon.com.