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GTBR Schedule of Events

Saturday

5:45 a.m.
Gates Open at the East Texas Regional Airport

6:30 a.m.

U.S. Nationals and Great Texas Balloon Race
Competition Flight over East Texas Regional Airport

Ring Toss Competition and other Navigational Tasks
for both US Nationals and GTBR competitors.
(Balloons will be launched from at least 2 miles away and fly over the event grounds at ET Regional Airport. Launch site and time will vary depending on weather and wind direction)

11:00 a.m.
Festival Closes until 4:00pm

4:00 p.m.
GTBR Festival Gates Re-Open for Evening Activities

Kid's Land, Arts and Craft Vendors, Food and Drinks
 
8:15 p.m.
 Special Shapes Spectacular!
 
8:45 p.m. 
Great Texas Balloon Race Opening Ceremonies

8:50 p.m.
Balloon Glow
 
9:30 p.m.
Saturday Night Headliner In Concert
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Midnight
Event gates close for the day



  • Please allow sufficient time for arrival and parking.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
  • All times are approximate and schedule may change without notice.
  • All events at US National Competition and at the Great Texas Balloon Race are dependent on prevailing weather conditions.
  • The safety of our pilots, volunteers and spectators is our primary concern.
  • No glass containers allowed. No refunds. No Pets.
  • All competitive flights Tues – Fri will NOT be seen at the East Texas Regional Airport but will take place over the City of Longview and parts of Gregg County.
  • Each morning the flight launch and targets will be determined based on prevailing winds.

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