Tropic Hut Picture Pages

Welcome to our photo album! I don't create a picture page for every event we do.  Some smaller events don't have many photo opportunities, and sometimes we're just too busy to get out the camera!


Tropic Hut's First Year As A Cafe

Here are highlights of daily life at Tropic Hut Cafe from the
day we took it over on April 1st, 2014 through July of 2015.

Photo Gallery: Tropic Hut Cafe - First Year

August 14-19, 2014: Mom Comes To Visit Reno!



Fairs and Festivals are fun, but now Jarvis has the real thing;
a permanent cafe that doesn't have to be set up and taken down
every time we do business!

Here's how Tropic Hut Concession became Tropic Hut Cafe.
It happened on April Fool's Day, 2014


2013 Reno Balloon Races San RaphaelPark, Reno
September 6 - 8, 2013

We set a new record this year - over $500 per hour of business!
Having worked several hot air balloon events in previous years, we're
quite experienced at maximizing the intense early morning rushes.

Video: Sights and sounds of 2013 Balloon Races


2013 Hot August Nights - Atlantis Casino/Resort
August 6 - 10, 2013

Jarvis had been wanting to do Hot August Nights for years.  It's Reno's biggest festival.
In fact, Hot August Nights is the biggest classic car event in the world!

Photo Gallery - Tropic Hut At Hot August Nights

2013 Biggest Little City Wing Fest - Downtown Reno
July 4 - 6, 2013

TROPIC HUT NOW OFFERS CHICKEN WINGS!  We had participated in four wing cook-offs before this one, and every time Jarvis wished Tropic Hut could be in on the chicken wings action.  It was a big undertaking, but this year we made the wish come true.  It paid off.  Would you believe we sold almost half a TON of wings in just three days?

PHOTO GALLERY - Tropic Hut At 2013 Biggest Little City Wing Fest


2013 Reno Rockabilly Riot,
Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV
June 14 - 16, 2013

Time again for pin-up girls, hot rods and, oh yeah, Rockabilly Music!
This was the third year of this event, and Tropic Hut has been there from the very first year.
The Rockabilly craze just keeps getting ... crazier!

Gallery - Tropic Hut At 2013 Reno Rockabilly Riot
Reno Rockabilly Riot Web Site


2011 Nevada Wild Fest - Henderson, NV
October 12-16, 2011

We ended our 2011 season with an event that was very interesting and fun but, alas, terribly unsuccessful.
I practice my story writing skills again with the tale of what happened after the festival. It was a doozy; a "character building" experience I hope never to repeat.

Photo Gallery: Tropic Hut At Nevada Wild Fest
Nevada Wild Fest Web Site


2011 Reno Wings Cook Off
July 1 - 4, 2011

This was Tropic Hut's second year at the Reno Wings Cook Off, and it was again a very successful event for us.
(Also a very tasty event - Jarvis consumed 30 wings in one day!)

Photo Gallery: Tropic Hut At Reno Wings Cook Off


2011 Reno Street Vibes Spring Rally
June 3 - 5, 2011

I happen to like cool weather. In fact, one of my main reasons for moving to Reno from Texas was the cool summers of Northern Nevada. But hey, Mother Nature, we vendors are really, really sick of having our festivals ruined by cold winds and rain!

Photo Gallery: Tropic Hut At Reno Street Vibes Spring Rally


2011 Reno Rockabilly Riot
May 13 - 15, 2011

This was a first time event for Reno.  It started out well, and the organizers are to be congratulated for putting
together a lot of great bands and activities.  It was the weather that turned this event from nice to nasty.
Click the link to see what 60 mph winds did to my poor stand.

Photo Gallery: Tropic Hut At Reno Rockabilly Riot
Reno Rockabilly Riot Web Site


• May 1, 2011: Cinco De Mayo, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno •

Terrible sales, terrible bands.  I didn't take any pictures, but I shot this video to give you
a feel for the entire event.  View - and listen - only if you have a strong constitution.

2011 Quartzsite RV Show - Quartzsite, AZ
January 22 - February 6, 2011

My first show of 2011. I'm doing Tropic Hut full time now, so I was delighted to discover Arizona has events to add to my schedule all through the winter. Even cooler, at this event I got to live in my trailer right next to the Tropic Hut stand!
Photo Gallery: Tropic Hut At Quartzsite RV Show
Web Site: Quartzsite RV Show


2010 Nevada Territory Wild West Fair - Reno, NV
August 25-29, 2010

Attendance was a bit light at this year's Nevada State Fair,
but there was still plenty to do and see.
I didn't create an entire Pictures Page for this event.
To the right are a couple videos of sights and sounds at the fairgrounds.


Nevada State Fair
Special Attractions

Nevada State Fair
General Sights


2010 Elko Motorcycle Jamboree - Elko, NV
June 18-20, 2010

We were located too far from the exhibition area to catch the action right from our booth, and we stayed pretty busy, so there wasn't much opportunity for picture taking at this event.  However, there was some, um, scenery near our stand, and it may have been the best viewing of the whole event!



2010 Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle Festival,
Winnemucca, NV
May 28-30, 2010

After setting the business aside for three whole seasons, we make a nostalgic and triumphant return the the place that started it all. The festival was much the same, but Tropic Hut was altogether different!

Run-A-Mucca Website


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A job change forced me to put the concessions biz on hold for three whole years, doggone it.
But the crew and I were back and rarin' to go for 2010!

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2006 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
October 6-15, Albuquerque, NM

It's the largest ballooning event in the world, the most photographed event in the world, and
Tropic Hut's biggest event to date.  Add my photos to that "Most Photographed Event" list!

AIBF Home Page

2006 Candy Dance Crafts Festival
September 23-24, 2006, Genoa, NV

Genoa is home to just a couple hundred residents, but around eighty thousand people
visit the town each September to shop till they drop at Candy Dance Faire Web Site.

2006 Tahoe Arts Festival - Crystal Bay, CA
July 8-9, 2006, CalNeva Resort

In just two days, a parking lot was transformed into an art gallery at the Tahoe Arts Festival.
Here are video and pictures of the artists at work and participants at play.


2006 Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle Festival
May 26-28, 2006, Winnemucca, NV

Take a look at pictures and videos of the Motocross Free Style Jump Team
performing insane stunts at Run-A-Mucca, 2006.


Tournament Of Roses Parade
01/01/2005, Pasadena, CA

Our first concessions event!  With the help of some Southern California friends we offered hot
snacks and beverages to visitors at the Tournament Of Roses Parade on New Year's Day, 2005.