Schedule at a Glance

Friday, July, 27, 2018

6:30 AM
Great Texas Balloon Race Competition Flight over Longview
4:00 PM
Gates Open at East Texas Regional Airport for Great Texas Balloon Race / Media Special Shapes Inflations
8:15 PM
Special Shapes Spectacular
8:45 PM
Great Texas Balloon Race Opening Ceremony
8:50 PM
Balloon Glow
12:00 AM
Gates Close for the Day

Saturday, July, 28, 2018

5:45 AM
Gates Open at East Texas Regional Airport
6:30 AM
Great Texas Balloon Race Competition Flight over East Texas Regional Airport
6:30 AM
Ring Toss Competition and other Navigational Tasks (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.)
7:30 AM
Up & Away 5K Fun Run at East Texas Regional Airport
11:00 AM
GTBR Festival Closes for Midday
4:00 PM
GTBR Festival Re-Opens for Evening Entertainment
8:15 PM
Special Shapes Spectacular
8:45 PM
Opening Ceremony
8:50 PM
Balloon Glow
12:00 AM
Gates Close for the Day

Sunday, July, 29, 2018

5:45 AM
Gates Open at East Texas Regional Airport
6:30 AM
Ring Toss Competition and other Navigational Tasks (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.)


 
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.  Competitive flight for Friday 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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Printable Version: 2018 Schedule of Events