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GTBR Schedule of Events


6:30 a.m.
U.S. Nationals and Great Texas Balloon Race Competition
over the City of Longview*

*Due to variations in weather, launch Site, direction of flight, and area over the city where the balloons will be most visible is not determined or announced until just minutes before the the pilots leave their early morning briefing to fly.
4:00 p.m.
Gates Open at the East Texas Regional Airport
for the Great Texas Balloon Race Festival
Kid's Land, Arts and Craft Vendors, Food and Drinks
8:15 p.m.
 Special Shapes Spectacular!
8:45 p.m. 
Great Texas Balloon Race Opening Ceremonies

8:50 p.m.
Balloon Glow
9:30 p.m.
Friday Night Headliner In Concert
Event gates close for the day

  • Please allow sufficient time for arrival and parking.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
  • All times are approximate and schedule may change without notice.
  • All events at US National Competition and at the Great Texas Balloon Race are dependent on prevailing weather conditions.
  • The safety of our pilots, volunteers and spectators is our primary concern.
  • No glass containers allowed. No refunds. No Pets.
  • All competitive flights Tues – Fri will NOT be seen at the East Texas Regional Airport but will take place over the City of Longview and parts of Gregg County.
  • Each morning the flight launch and targets will be determined based on prevailing winds.

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PO Box 1952 · Longview, TX 75606 · Tel: (903) 753-3281

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