Preview of Great Reno Balloon Race showcases lineup


Massive hot air balloons will soon take over the Reno sky, and preparations are already underway.

Pete Copeland, executive director of the Great Reno Balloon Race, unveiled the entertainment lineup on Thursday.

The event should be able to accommodate 100,000 people this year, thanks in part to contributions from local businesses, according to Copeland. Organizers also expect to be clear of wasps nests after they caused problems in 2015.

The 2017 race is scheduled for September 8, 9 and 10, with gates opening to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park each day at 3:30 a.m.

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