2023 Special Shapes and Model Balloons

Special Shapes

Bob the Light House

Mr. Winter

Sunny Boy

Bearly Grateful

Model / Radio Controlled Balloons

For the first 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 16 and 17 during the event. 

The balloons will be at different places on the morning of Saturday, June 17. Catch them at about 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m, unless otherwise noted. They will also be at the Longview Convention Complex Friday and Saturday evening. Catch them 7 a.m. to about 7 :45 a.m.  Below are the balloons, and here is where you’ll find them:


Peter Porker



Lil Tex


A Lil’ Guilty

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