Sierra Summer Festival coming to Reno

August 21, 2011

The Sierra Summer Festival presents families in the Reno-Tahoe region with an all-new entertainment option this Aug. 26 – 28 at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. The event, which takes place both indoors and out, features live entertainment, freestyle motocross, a carnival midway, demolition derby and more, all happening the final weekend in August, a perfect way to end the summer. Tickets are $5 for children and just $10 for adults, in advance.

The fun kicks off Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. when the midway takes its first turns, followed by a Monster Truck Jam at 6 p.m., a 7 p.m. Roller Derby featuring the Reno Roller Girls, and a 7:30 p.m. Demolition Derby. Country music star Jack Ingram takes the stage at 9 p.m. inside the Events Center while the midway remains open until midnight. Ingram, best known for hits such as “Wherever You Are,” “Barefoot and Crazy” and “That’s a Man,” performs free for all Friday night Summer Festival ticketholders.

Saturday’s festivities get started at noon with a second round of Monster Trucks, Roller Derby and Demolition Derby at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, capped off by another concert from hit makers, The Romantics at 9 p.m. for all Saturday ticket holders. The band, formed in 1977, is responsible for mega-hits such as “What I Like About You” and “Talking In Your Sleep” and has kept kids around the world dancing for decades. The Sierra Summer Festival invites the community to do the same during the band’s first visit to northern Nevada.

Sunday’s fiesta-themed schedule also starts at noon with a day full of midway fun and a Freestyle Motocross Show at 2 p.m. Head into evening with performances from Colombian Salsa group La Sonora Dinamita, featuring an exciting 10-piece brass orchestra, and Vincente Arreola y Su Norteño Banda at 4:30 p.m. Wrap things up with a treat and one last ride around the midway until 8 p.m., providing the kids with an ideal end to summer vacation before school is back in session.

Tickets to the inaugural Sierra Summer Festival are $5 for children 12 and under and $10 for adults, in advance. Unlimited midway ride passes are just $20 in advance. Tickets may be purchased online at the Sierra Summer Festival or at local Scolari’s stores in Reno and Sparks.

Source: Press release from the Bauserman Group.

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