Lovelock - Lovers Aloft Hot Air Balloon Race

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Feb 13, 2014 - Feb 17, 2014

There is no better place to spend Valentine's Day than Lovelock! The Lovers Aloft Hot Air Balloon Race includes a special competition in which two hot air balloons are connected with surveyor's tape around the baskets. The balloon pilots must work hard to coordinate their lift-offs without breaking the tape. The act symbolizes the effort that goes into marriage. On February 14, the festivities will include a tribute to the search and rescue crews who worked for more than 2 days in sub-zero December temperatures to find a missing Lovelock family whose Jeep had overturned while they were out exploring. 

The Lovers Aloft Hot Air Balloon is part of the Inaugural Nevada State Balloon Champion Series organized as part of the state's sesquicentennial celebration in 2014.

Balloon sponsors can enjoy the thrill of a hot air balloon ride! Anyone interested in sponsoring a hot air balloon, or crewing for a pilot, may contact Pat Irwin at 775-461-6887.

Several Valentine's Day-themed events are planned for February 14-16 including:

  • Community dance on February 14
  • Murder-Mystery Event on February 15
  • Renewal of marriage vows

Visitors to Lovelock can purchase a lock from participating local businesses and "lock their love" in Lover's Lock Plaza located behind the Pershing County Courthouse. For more information, please visit our Lovelock page.


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