June 17-19, 2022
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the pilots, officials, sponsors, board members, volunteers and spectators for a fantastic 44th Great Texas Balloon Race! We were able to fly all three days of competitive flights, and we had some amazing competition. We will begin in the coming weeks to start planning the 2022 event, and we hope to see you all there next June.
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. 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.
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.
No live entertainment in 2021
To keep the Great Texas Balloon Race safe this year, we will not have events at the East Texas Regional Airport. However, we will return strong with our full event schedule in 2022.
No ticketed events this year
For the 2021 event, there will be no ticketed events. Balloon flights will take place over Longview on the mornings of June 18 through 20 and in the afternoon on June 18 and 19.
There will be no flights or activities at the East Texas Regional Airport.