Photo by Matt Brown of Nevada Magazine.

Carson City — As part of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration, Nevada 150 is pleased to announce the Inaugural Nevada State Balloon Champion Series.  For the first time in state history, a special trophy will be awarded to the balloon pilot who finishes with the most points from balloon races held throughout Nevada during the sesquicentennial year.  Between Jan. 25 – Oct. 31, series points will be gathered and determined by a representative from each race in conjunction with the Great Reno Balloon Race Aeronauts.  The six races included in the Nevada State Balloon Champion Series include:


  • Mesquite Balloon Festival – Jan. 25-26, Mesquite.
  • The Lovers Aloft Balloon Festival – Feb. 14-16, Lovelock.
  • The Pahrump Balloon Festival – Mar. 7-9, Pahrump.
  • The Winnemucca Balloon Festival – Apr. 26-27, Winnemucca.
  • The Great Reno Balloon Race – Sept. 5-7, Reno.
  • The Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival – Sept. 26-28, Spring Creek.
  • RE/MAX Nevada Day Balloon Launch – Oct. 31, Carson City.

“We are excited to award, for the first time ever, a Nevada State Balloon Champion for our State’s Sesquicentennial celebration,” said longtime Nevada balloon pilot Pat Irwin.  “We hope that this series will add new interest and excitement in all of these great balloon races across the state of Nevada.”

At the end of the sixth race, the winning series pilot will be awarded the Nevada State Balloon Champion trophy and will be featured in the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on Oct. 31, 2014.

For additional information or to participate in the Nevada State Balloon Champion Series, contact Pat Irwin at (775) 273-7123, (775) 461-6887 or  For more information about this event and to view all the upcoming events for the Nevada 150 celebration, please visit


Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come.  Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of all Nevadans.  Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration will commence on Nevada Day 2013 and conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration October, 2014. For more information, please visit

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