Great Reno Balloon Race organizers say the Darth Vader hot-air balloon will return to this year's 33rd annual event this September.
The 86-foot-tall balloon travels from Belgium and is making its third flight at the Reno event, which is scheduled for September 5-7 at Rancho San Rafael Park.
"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 20-25 hot-air balloons.
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