Thanks for an amazing 2024 event!

We couldn’t have scripted a more successful event for this year. Thank you all — pilots, officials, sponsors, volunteers, balloon fans, entertainers, vendors, and everyone else — for making the 47th annual Great Texas Balloon Race, a.k.a. #YearofBussey, one for the books. We’re going to get a little rest and start looking forward to next year!

A World Class Balloon Festival

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.

Presented By

Race Start

BFA U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship

JUNE 10 - 16, 2024

Longview will again welcome the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship June 10-16, 2024, with the Great Texas Balloon Race competition run in conjunction with it June 14-16, 2024.

On the Clock

BFA U.s. national hot air balloon championship
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
National Championship Races have started!
The Great Texas Balloon Race
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
The Great Texas Balloon Races have started!

Featured Event

Drone Show

Don’t miss this year’s first spectacular annual drone show. This is sure to be a great addition to the Great Texas Balloon Race along with the annual balloon glow, curated concerts and more. 

Presented By

Pilots

the GTBR proudly welcomes our pilots for the 2024 national hot air balloon championship. You can click below to view each pilots balloon and sponsors.

Special Shapes & Model Balloons

Our special shape balloons will inflate at various locations around Longview on Friday and Saturday morning. Inflations are set 7-7:45 a.m.

For the second time this year, the Great Texas Balloon Race will include the flight of “model” hot air balloons. The slightly smaller balloons are still powered by propane but are steered by a remote pilot on the ground and do not have a basket — kind of like a model airplane. These balloons won’t be competing in the Great Texas Balloon Race, but balloon fans can catch them June 14 and 15 during the event. 

Evening inflations at the event grounds will be at 8:50 p.m. during the balloon glow.

Drone Show

Don’t miss this year’s first spectacular annual drone show. This is sure to be a great addition to the Great Texas Balloon Race along with the annual balloon glow, curated concerts and more.