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posted Jan 15, 2014, 7:44 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 10:26 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]
Mesquite Gaming once again proudly sponsors the two-day Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Mesquite Gaming’s CasaBlanca Resort & Casino and Oasis Parking Lot.  Weather permitting, on both Saturday and Sunday morning just after sunrise at approximately 7:30AM, a dazzling array of over 35 spectacular hot air balloons will launch from the Oasis Parking lot.  Parking for this spectacular event will be available at the Oasis Parking Garage and the CasaBlanca Resort & Casino.  

The skies above Mesquite, Nevada will be bursting with the color and splendor of these magnificent balloons.  Wanting to make this awesome festival truly extraordinary, the CasaBlanca has planned a wide variety of fun and entertaining activities throughout the day. Spectators will be able to indulge not only in the visual feast of the balloons, but also culinary, musical and many more delights for the whole family.  On Friday, January 25th, Mesquite Gaming has even arranged for Mr. Gayle McCoy, The Festival Balloon Meister, to conduct a hot air balloon demonstration at the Virgin Valley Elementary school to give the children the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating vehicles.

 Mesquite Gaming has gone over and above to make this a truly special event weekend for all ages, with an entire day of activities, free to the public, beginning immediately after the balloon launch.  In the CasaBlanca Showroom at 9:00AM and 11:00AM, be amazed by “Squawk,” an exotic bird show.  If anyone has not had the opportunity to witness what these magnificent birds can do, this show will definitely delight one and all. At 2:30PM, Mesquite Gaming is proud to present a special family “Show of Shows” Variety Show in the Showroom.  Doors open at 2:00PM.  What better way to celebrate the majesty of the hot air balloons than a special champagne tasting? The CasaBlanca Resort & Casino will host this tasting in the Skydome Lounge on Saturday, January 26 from 4PM-6PM.  This part of the festival is also free to the public, but participants must be 21 years and older to attend. Immediately following the champagne tasting and pushing the “wow” factor over the limit, will be the night glow on Saturday evening at the CasaBlanca Resort & Casino from 6PM-7PM. As the DJ plays music, the night will come alive with intense color as the tethered balloons are “fired up” and the “sticks” surround them with magical fire. For everyone not wanting the Saturday festivities to end, The CasaBlanca Resort & Casino is presenting “NEIL DIAMOND - THE TRIBUTE starring Rob Garrett & the King of Diamonds Band. Rob Garrett, aka the “King of Diamonds” was voted the 2013 Las Vegas Tribute Artist of the Year.  Rob is definitely the most popular and requested Neil Diamond tribute artist in the business. Doors open at 7:30PM and the show beings at 8:30PM.  Advance ticket prices range from $25 for VIP tables & booths to $15 for general admission.  VIP booths are sold in blocks of 4 only and all 4 must be purchased at the same time.  Day of show prices are $20 - $30.  Tickets may be purchased online at, by clicking on the Neil Diamond Tribute and Star Tickets, by phone at 800-585-3737 or in person at the CasaBlanca Resort Front Desk. The 2014 Mesquite Balloon Festival is definitely a “not-to-be-missed,” spectacular event. 

 There is still time to be an integral part of the 2014 Mesquite Balloon Festival, as volunteers are still needed and much appreciated!!!For anyone wanting to participate in the 2014 event, opportunities are still available for volunteers to crew the balloons.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age and older.  Please visit “Special Events” at and complete the online form.