The Great Texas Balloon Race in Longview, Texas, is back June 18-20, 2021 presenting a great lineup over three days of country music including Little Texas, Cody Wayne, Faren Rachels andamp; More! (Pictured Below). They also have a great Kids area including Giant Slides, Bounce Houses, Obstacle Courses, Jousting Rings, Bungee Runs, Climbing Walls, Toddler Play Areas and more!
The Great Texas Balloon Race is a world class event attracting the very best competitive hot air balloon pilots from across the United States and the world.
Considered by many of the pilots that compete at the Great Texas Balloon Race to be the best run event on the circuit, the Great Texas Balloon Race earned Longview the official designation as "The Balloon Capital of Texas" by the Governor of Texas in 1985.
In 2013 Gregg County was proclaimed "The Balloon Race Capital of Texas" by the 83rd Texas Legislature.
Balloon flights begin Friday morning with a flight over the City of Longview and continue each morning through Sunday over the East Texas Regional Airport. Launch and landing sites change each day as they are always determined by wind and the weather.
Balloon Glows on Friday and Saturday night entertain crowds with an awesome display of color and excitement. It's one of the most popular things to do at the event as the public is able to get up close and watch how balloons are inflated and operate.
Live country music concerts Friday and Saturday nights following the Balloon Glow extend the entertainment into the late night.
Kids Land is a safe restricted area for children that requires a small separate entry fee. Activities and attractions differ from year to year but it is always a fun time. Vendors display their arts, crafts and other merchandise in booths lined up along an improvised midway.
Food Vendors make sure there is always enough to eat and drink during the day and evening.
The Great Texas Balloon Race is a Balloon Federation of America event and hosted the BFA's United States National Championship competition for 2012-2015. For these four years, the national competition brought an additional three days of competition flights to the East Texas area. Outside of national competition years, the GTBR invites 50 sport and special-shaped hot air balloons. The pilots compete for the Texas State Championship. If you've never seen these colorful, graceful giants in the sky, watch out! The beauty and elegance will have you hooked for life.
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