Paper airplanes: they’re simple to make, easy to throw and can even inspire some designers to take their flying machines to the next level. For the paper plane wizards of the Biggest Little City, it's time to show off. The first ever Reno Takes Flight paper airplane competition is fast approaching.

5 things to know

Where is it?

It takes place Friday, April 1 at the Reno Events Center downtown. Practice runs from 1 - 2:30 p.m., and the competition is from 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Why fly?

The Red Wagon Network in partnership with the Reno Bighorns are teaming up to help raise funds for the Washoe County School District’s Children in Transition program that helps homeless children in the region in need of hygiene products.

The Sierra Arts Foundation is also participating. Proceeds from the best design category will go to support the arts in the community.

What does it cost?

$10 general admission and kids ages 10 and under are free (must be accompanied by an adult). Admission comes with a Reno Bighorns Ticket to a basketball game happening later that night. Those who bring unopened, unused toothpaste and toothbrush for WCSD’s Children in Transition program will receive one extra competition plane at registration.

What are the rules?

Participants receive two competition attempts in the longest categories with the option to purchase additional entries in other categories during event for $5 each. Competitors may enter multiple planes at an additional $5 each.

For a complete list of specific rules for each category visit the event page on Facebook.

Competition categories:

  • Longest Distance
  • Longest Flight Time
  • Super Size Me ($5 for 3 sheets)
  • 3-Point Shot ($5 for 3 attempts)
  • Bull’s-eye ($5 for 3 attempts)
  • Higher Than the Rest ($50 for 3 attempts)
  • Best Design 

Best Design specifics:

Must bring “art” plane to competition and enter it during registration. It is voted on by all participants, no special categories, just make it awesome. And design plane must fly (Glide a distance of over 10 ft. from point of release)

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