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Posted on: May 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Great Texas Balloon Race

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Tickets are $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, and $30 for a weekend pass.  Please visit http://www.gtbr.net/  to purchase tickets and for more information.

Gates open at 4:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights at the Longview Convention Complex for the festival, with opening musical performances scheduled to take the stage at 6:30 PM, and headliners at 9:30 PM, with gates closing at midnight.  

Musical performances will kick off the festival Friday night by two East Texas bands, Joint Custody and Post Profit.  On Saturday night, Texas native Jake Worthington will take the stage followed by headliner Jon Wolfe. 

Schedule at a Glance:

Monday, June, 12, 2023

6:30 AMU.S. Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championship Competition Flight over Longview

Tuesday, June, 13, 2023

6:30 AM - U.S. Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championship Competition Flight over Longview

Wednesday, June, 14, 2023

6:30 AM - U.S. Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championship Competition Flight over Longview

Thursday, June, 15, 2023

6:30 AM - U.S. Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championship Competition Flight over Longview

Friday, June, 16, 2023

6:30 AM - Great Texas Balloon Race, U.S. Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championship Competition Flight over Longview

7:00 AM - Special Shapes static inflations, locations TBD

4:00 PM - Gates Open at Longview Convention Complex

6:30 PM - Post Profit in Concert

8:15 PM - Special Shapes Spectacular

8:45 PM - Great Texas Balloon Race Opening Ceremony

8:50 PM - Balloon Glow

9:30 PM - Joint Custody in Concert

12:00 AM - Gates Close for the Day

Saturday, June, 17, 2023

6:30 AM - Great Texas Balloon Race, U.S. Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championship Competition Flight over Longview

7:00 AM - Special Shapes static inflations, locations TBD

7:30 AM - Up & Away 5K Fun Run

4:00 PM - Gates Open at Longview Convention Complex

6:30 PM - Jake Worthington in Concert

8:15 PM - Special Shapes Spectacular

8:45 PM - Great Texas Balloon Race Opening Ceremony

8:50 PM - Balloon Glow

9:30 PM - Jon Wolfe in Concert

12:00 AM - Gates Close for the Day

Sunday, June, 18, 2023

6:30 AM - Great Texas Balloon Race, U.S. Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championship Competition Flight over Longview

All times are approximate and schedule may change without notice. All events at the Great Texas Balloon Race are dependent on prevailing weather conditions. The safety of our pilots, volunteers and spectators is our primary concern. All flights will take place over the City of Longview and parts of Gregg County. Before each flight, the launch and targets will be determined based on prevailing winds.  

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