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City of Reno hosts inaugural Reno Air Races Takeoff Celebration

Post Date:08/28/2019 4:36 PM
The City of Reno will host the inaugural Reno Air Races Takeoff Celebration on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Reno-Stead Airport. The free event will include ample family-friendly entertainment and activities: 
  • 1-1:45 p.m. - Deep Groove featuring “Lucky” Mark Ashworth on vocals & drums
  • 2 p.m. - Flyover, sponsored by Bluth Development, LLC
  • 2:05 p.m. - Biggest Little Parade
  • 3 p.m. - Reno Jazz Orchestra Swing Band
  • 4:30 p.m. - Keyzer Soze
  • Race Plane Show ’n’ Shine, which will also feature vintage cars
  • Food trucks
The City of Reno is still looking for interested vendors, volunteers and parade participants to join the Reno Air Races Takeoff Celebration. For more information about the event, visit

Media will have the opportunity to learn more on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., when the main partners join together to preview the event. Along with the City of Reno, the main event partners are the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (Reno-Stead Airport), Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County.

As part of its “Don’t Drive, Arrive!” program, RTC is offering free rides on RIDE Route 7 to the Reno Air Races Takeoff Celebration on Saturday, September 7 from 12 (noon) to 6 p.m. Air Races fans can also ride free on Route 7 on Wednesday, September 11 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Regular fares will be in effect on Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15. Route 7 will detour from its scheduled route to drop off and pick up Air Races fans at the event. Check for route and schedule information.

In addition to Bluth Development, the City of Reno thanks the following event sponsors:
  • Ergs, Inc.
  • Lansing Companies
  • Panattoni Development
  • Sierra Nevada Construction
The City of Reno would also like to thank these additional event partners:
  • Asian Street Eats 
  • Envision Arts Drumline 
  • Gordogs of Nevada
  • North Valleys Panthers Marching Band 
  • On Tap
  • The Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce 
  • Reno Corvette Club 
  • The Tap Wagon
Reno City Councilmember Bonnie Weber initiated the community event as an opportunity to create more excitement around Reno’s popular annual event, the STIHL National Championship Air Races and Air Show on September 11-15, 2019.

“This is a great opportunity for our North Valleys neighbors and community at large to come together to celebrate the spirit and history of the Reno Air Races,” Weber said. “We invite everyone to come out to Stead for a lot of exciting family-oriented activities.”