The Great Texas Balloon Race Event In Longview, Texas

Last weekend our family went to Tyler for a visit to my parents-in-law.  My husband’s dad invited us to the The Great Texas Balloon Race U.S. National Championships in Longview, Texas on July 28.  The event was held at the East Texas Regional Airport. One of the major sponsors is  Wells Fargo.  Since they are account holders in the bank, they were given VIP passes for four guests.

I have been to big events like this but not in a Hot Air Balloon Show.  Although we missed the Sport Balloon “Key Grab” and the Special Shape Balloon “Key Grab” Competition because we did not leave the house until 11:00 A.M., we were able to see the Sport Balloon and the Special Shape Balloon Glow.

VIP Pass
We entered in Gate 2
Plane exhibit – helicopter
Hot Air Balloon in flight
A very bright event night
Huge Special Shape Balloons
Special Shape Balloons
Balloon Glow – wasn’t very good capture but I think it’s pretty

Wells Fargo Advisors tent opened at 3:00 P.M. but they served food and drinks at 6:00 P.M.  They served BBQ Sandwich with lots and lots of drinks!  It was very hot (triple digit temperature) that Saturday evening.  They provided huge fans for air.  When we finished eating, we headed out to the event grounds and watched the show.  There were exhibits, kids land play area, shops, concert, and fiesta carnival.  We did not stay for the concert because it was passed baby’s bedtime and we were very tired from the heat.

The Great Texas Balloon Race is definitely a must-see event in Texas.  For more information about the upcoming events and locations, go to

2 thoughts on “The Great Texas Balloon Race Event In Longview, Texas

  1. I would really like to see events just like that here in the Philippines.It will be great chance for family and friends to bond.
    Thanks for sharing us your hometown event Mhar!

    1. Hi Emely! Yes it’s a great way to bond with family or friends. Special events like this is a must-see.


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