U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship
June 12-18, 2023
U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship returns to Longview
Longview will again welcome the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Cahmpionship June 12-18, 2023, with the Great Texas Balloon Race competition run in conjunction with it June 16-18, 2023.
Welcome to the Great Texas Balloon Race
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. Launch and landing sites change each day as they are always determined by wind and the weather.
The Great Texas Balloon Race Story
In 1978, the Great Texas Balloon Race was born from an agreement between Dr. Bill Bussey, D.D.S., a world-record hot air balloon pilot, and Frankie Parson Riggins and Mary LeTourneau, Longview Mall managers.
Little Texas to headline this year
We're bringing back live entertainment this year as we move to the Longview Convention Complex. Little Texas will headline Saturday night with Cody Wayne opening that night. The Molly Ringwalds will headline Friday after The Social Club gets the crowd warmed up.
Check here for ticket information
We've made a lot of changes for the 2022 event. All of the events will be in the city of Longview largely centered around the Longview Convention Complex. Tickets are available at outhousetickets.com, Visit Longview Marketplace, 109 W. Tyler St. in Longview, and at area Brookshire’s and Super 1 locations.