As the end of July nears, car enthusiasts of the Reno area prepare to bring out their hot rods for the annual Hot August Nights event. For those who just can't wait for Aug. 1, Bonanza Casino is hosting an official Hot August Nights Pre-Kick Off Party on July 31, from noon to 6 p.m.
Registration for the event is free, and will begin at 8 a.m. in the east parking lot of the Bonanza Casino. The event is limited to the first 300 participants. The cut-off year for cars is 1976 or earlier, and participants in the event will receive a limited-edition car dash plaque featuring a 1957 Chevy Bel Air. Participants will also receive $5 dollars in free slot play at the Bonanza. The top six cars will receive Irish Crystal awards and one People's Choice award.
Event goers will be treated to music by Reno Mobile DJs, and Lady and the Tramps will be performing on the outdoor stage. Reno area food trucks, including Smee's Alaskan Fish Bar and Hot Dog Rod will be on hand. Participants will also be able to enjoy one-day-only food and gaming specials, and the Branding Iron Cafe and Buffet will be serving a buffet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. A free wine tasting will be held in the Cactus Creek Prime Steakhouse, courtesy of Southern Glazer Wine and Spirits. There will also be a 50/50 raffle benefiting the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization and its High Five Tour.