Great Texas Balloon Race officials are proceeding with plans for the 2021 event to be held June 18-20. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be focused on the competition ballooning events that have made GTBR one of the premier ballooning competitions in the country. Approximately 60 top pilots and their beautiful hot air balloons will be flying and competing in the skies over the City of Longview. In addition to the morning competitive flights Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fun flights will be added Friday and Saturday afternoon to enhance the entertainment value for balloon watchers on the ground. There will be no flights or other events this year at the East Texas Regional Airport
It’s a world class event attracting the very best competitive 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.
Competitive balloon flights are scheduled for the mornings of Friday through Sunday over Longview. Non-competition flights are planned for the afternoons of Friday and Saturday over Longview. Launch and landing sites change each day as they are always determined by wind and the weather.