2024 Special Shapes and Model Balloons

Special Shapes

Koola Koala

Yellow Bird

Tiny the Fire Dog

Spyder Pig

Rocket the Flying Squirrel

Model / Radio Controlled Balloons

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. 

The balloons will be at different places on the mornings of Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15. 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. Below are the balloons, and here is where you’ll find them:

Friday, June 14:

“A Little Guilty” and “Pinky” — Eastman Credit Union, 2002 W. Loop 281
“Billy Cranston” 
— DNH Solutions, 2163 Gilmer Road

Saturday, June 15:

All model balloons — Longview Arboretum and Nature Center, 100 Grand Blvd.

A Little Guilty






Billy Cranston



Lil Tex (Friday and Saturday nights only)

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