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Hot August Nights Drag Races & Burnouts Return to the Nugget

WHEN: Wed., Aug. 5 – Sat., Aug. 8; 6 p.m. - midnight

WHERE: The Nugget’s West Parking Lot, “Nugget Speedway”

ADMISSION COST: $10 General Admission; Free for Hot August Nights Registrants

RACING COST: Free for Hot August Nights Registrants; $75 for Non-Registrants

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Official Hot August Nights Classic Car Drag Races & Burnouts will return to the Nugget Casino Resort in 2015. The always-popular event combines the smell of burning rubber and gasoline, paired with classic eye candy and high-adrenaline levels caused by risky racing to draw some of the best competitors in the country.

“It’s loud, it’s fast and it’s fun,” said Carlton Geer, President and CEO of the Nugget Casino Resort. “This event is as exciting for the spectators as it is for the participants.”

The Nugget Casino Resort will host the event on “Nugget Speedway,” a special drag racing track that is about one-sixteenth of a mile long in the Nugget’s West Parking Lot. Drag races and burnouts take place Wednesday, August 5 through Saturday, August 8 during Hot August Nights, from 6 p.m. until midnight.

This is the fifth year in a row that the Nugget Casino Resort will host the event. The drag races took a 10-year hiatus during Hot August Nights, but returned to the Nugget in 2011.

“Working with the Nugget to bring the drag races and burnouts back is one of my proudest accomplishments,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “Attendance has gone up each year we’ve done it and it’s great to see people enjoying this exhilarating event.”

The cost to attend is $10 for general admission and free for children 6 and under and Hot August Nights registrants.

To enter your car in a race, vehicles must be 1976 and older cars, pickup-size trucks and emergency vehicles. The cost to race is free for Hot August Nights participants and $75 for non-registrants, per day. Tires must be D.O.T. approved (no slicks), no nitrous oxide or racing fuels allowed.

Nightly prizes will be awarded with grand prizes awarded on Saturday night of $250 plus free entry to Hot August Nights 2016.

For more information, please visit NuggetCasinoResort.com and HotAugustNights.net.

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, including 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets including Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other activities.  For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Concert Series Announced

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Nugget Casino Resort has announced its musical line-up for the free, nightly concert series during the 27th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.

“When we pick the bands, we look for artists who put on fun live shows,” said Lisa Jansen, director of special events and entertainment at the Nugget Casino Resort. “Great music is essential to creating a street-festival atmosphere and it’s a job we don’t take lightly.”

More than 40 bands will play on multiple stages during the six-day event on Victorian Square in Sparks, Nevada. The most popular acts will perform on the Main Stage during the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, which runs from Wednesday, September 2, through Monday, Sept. 7, 2015.

“Barbecue festivals take place all over the country, but the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is unique because we don’t charge people to get in, and we don’t charge to see the concerts,” said Jansen. “We want people to come join us for the party!”

The following acts will take the main stage and the concerts are free to the public:

Jelly Bread & Mojo Green
Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

Two of Reno’s most fun and funky bands team up to kick-off opening night of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.

Jamestown Revival
Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.

This talented indie-rock duo’s latest release, titled Utah, was named 2014 ‘s Best Singer/Songwriter album of the year by iTunes. The Austin, Texas-based group describes their style as back-porch folk rock.

Dishwalla
Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.

Touted by fans and industry insiders alike as one of the best live bands to come out of the '90s, the Santa Barbara-based group Dishwalla is ready to rock the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. The alternative rock band’s hit “Counting Blue Cars” is still on heavy rotation.

Friday night's entertainment is sponsored in part by Reno Media Group and Alice 96.5.

LOCASH
Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.Up-and-coming country duo, LOCASH has enjoyed success with hits like “Keep In Mind” and “The Best Seat in the House.” They’ve written such hits as the chart-topping “You Gonna Fly” for Keith Urban and “Truck Yeah” for Tim McGraw. They have built their brand through live performances and have shared stages with acts ranging from Tim McGraw to Kiss.

Saturday night's entertainment is sponsored in part by Cumulus Media and KBUL 98.1 Nash FM.

Foghat
Sunday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.Foghat is an English rock band that formed in London in 1971. The band has achieved 8 gold records, one platinum and one double-platinum record with hits such as “Slow Ride,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and “Fool for the City.”

Sunday night's entertainment is sponsored in part by Lotus Communications Corporation and KOZZ.

ALO
Monday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m.

This talented group weaves jazz, blues and funk into a soulful California party blend sound. Hits include “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down” featuring Jack Johnson, “Barbecue” and “Maria.”

For more information, visit NuggetRibCookOff.com and NuggetCasinoResort.com.

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, including 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets including Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other activities.  For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

New Tex-Mex Offerings, Prime Rib at Nugget’s Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at the Nugget Casino Resort is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering even more delicious dishes to hungry cowboys and cowgirls, including new Tex-Mex specialties and signature spit-roasted prime rib.
 
“During our first year of business, we focused on mastering mouth-watering barbecue,” said Carlton Geer, President and CEO of Nugget Casino Resort. “By adding new menu items, we’re hoping to broaden our appeal and accommodate a wider variety of tastes.”
 
Guests can choose from a delicious selection of new Tex-Mex favorites, including shredded rotisserie chicken enchiladas, bacon-wrapped chipotle spiced meatloaf, grilled top sirloin steak and the chimi churri marinated fire-grilled shrimp and beef skewers starting at just $10.95. Five flavors of signature street tacos also join the impressive line-up of new menu items.
 
Diners looking for a more traditional meal will appreciate Gilley’s signature spit-roasted prime rib, served in 12 and 16 ounce portions and starting at just $16.95. Early bird diners get a $3 discount on prime rib between 5-7 p.m. while it lasts.
 
“Everything we offer at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que is affordably priced,” said Geer. “We want everyone to be able to come on in and have a great time and a great meal!”
 
In addition to new food, Gilley’s continues to offer exceptional country-themed entertainment, line-dancing, mechanical bull riding, those charming Gilley’s Girls and live bands Thursday through Saturday.
 
For more information, please visit NuggetCasinoResort.com.
 
The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, including 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets including Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other activities.  For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Star Spangled Sparks Fireworks Show at the Nugget Set for July 4

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Nugget Casino Resort is proud to host the 16th annual Star Spangled Sparks fireworks show and 4th of July celebration! The Nugget’s 2015 fireworks show in Sparks will be the biggest fireworks show in the Northern Nevada area and everyone is invited to celebrate on Saturday, July 4.

Sponsor Star Spangled Sparks
Do you love the fireworks show at the Nugget? With event costs skyrocketing, the Nugget is looking for help from the community to cover expenses. The Nugget Casino Resort is in search of corporate sponsorships and accepting individual pledges and financial contributions to help fund the fireworks show. If each person who attended last year's event donated $2, the Nugget would reach its fundraising goal! Every dollar helps! To help, please visit NuggetCasinoResort.com.

Park and Ride Shuttle Service
Complimentary shuttles will provide round-trip transportation from Legends to the RTC Centennial Plaza at Victorian Square during the event. Shuttles will pick up guests in the large dirt lot between Fuddruckers and Popeye’s starting at 4 p.m. and continuing until 11 p.m.

Parking
Parking at the event is limited and attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle service. The City of Sparks’ public parking structures will be open and free for this event. The entire Nugget parking structure will be reserved for 18K and 24K Nugget Advantage Rewards club members and Nugget hotel guests only.

Kids’ Area
The kids’ area will be located on Victorian Plaza, adjacent to Century Theaters, and will include face painters, rides and a carnival.

KKOH Simulcast
The music for the fireworks show will broadcast live over KKOH News Talk 780 AM. Tune in to hear music corresponding with the fireworks.

Entertainment
Live music from the main stage (located toward the west end of Victorian Avenue) will keep the crowd dancing into the evening. West Bay Rhythm will be providing live entertainment from 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and 7-year-old Reno resident Penelope Myers will be singing the National Anthem prior to the start of the fireworks show.

Food and Beverage Vendors
Multiple food and drink vendors will be set up to provide tasty food and refreshing drinks from 4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for everyone to enjoy! The restaurants inside the Nugget will be ready to serve you and reservations are recommended, but not required.

Potential Night-Of-The-Event Wind Delays
The fireworks show is set to begin at 9:45 p.m., however it is unsafe to set off fireworks in windy conditions. The Sparks Fire Department measures the wind speed at the tops of the Nugget’s towers prior to giving the fireworks team permission to begin. If conditions are unsafe, the show will be delayed until conditions improve. Wind speeds must be below 15 miles per hour at the tops of the towers for the show to begin.

For updates on any potential wind delays on the evening of the event, please tune into KKOH News Talk 780 AM. Updates will also be posted on the Nugget’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/NuggetCasinoResort and tweeted from the Nugget’s Twitter handle @SparksNugget.

Social Media
Join the conversation online by using the hashtags #StarSpangledSparks and #SparksProud.

Free Bull Rides with Military ID
As a special thank you to those who serve our country, the Nugget will be offering free mechanical bull rides at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que to anyone with a valid military ID on July 4, 2015.

Sponsors
The fireworks show is provided free-of-charge to the public thanks to the generous support of the 2015 sponsors, including the Nugget Casino Resort, Union Pacific Railroad, Wells Fargo, the City of Sparks, Western Village, Morrey Distributing, Model Dairy, Wells Fargo Insurance, Clear Channel Outdoor, Tholl Fence, News Talk 780 KOH, John Hancock, Edward Jones Investments, Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers, KOLO 8 News Now, Baldini’s Casino, CDS Group Health, Granite Construction, Lockwood-Moore Inc., NV Energy, Waste Management, Sparks Florist and Sierra Electronics.

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, including 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets including Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other activities.  For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.         

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