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The Great Texas Balloon Race

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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 is coming back to the city of Longview, and headlining this year’s entertainment is a Grammy-nominated act playing what they call a homecoming show.

Little Texas will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Longview Convention Complex during the balloon race’s 45th year.

Emerging as part of the young country movement in the early ‘90s, Little Texas has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and is credited with shaking up the country music world with a new, energetic sound that incorporates modern rock. The group’s first radio release in 1991, “Some Guys Have All the Love,” became a Top-10 hit. Their second album produced three No. 1 singles, “What Might Have Been,” “God Bless Texas” and “My Love.”

Band members Porter Howell on lead vocal and lead guitar, and Duane Propes on bass and vocals both grew up right here in Longview. They view their appearance at the Great Texas Balloon Race as a homecoming concert.

East Texas’ own Cody Wayne, who is always a crowd favorite, will get things started on Saturday night. He will bring his red-dirt, high-energy brand of Texas country to the stage at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday night, The Molly Ringwalds will take the audience on a nostalgia-filled musical journey with hits that transcend the 80s and defined a generation. The Molly Ringwalds take every stage they step on with force and bring a show loaded with visual enormity.

East Texas band The Social Club will open on Friday night, playing Top 40 music from the 60s through today.

This year’s Great Texas Balloon Race will be Friday, June 17 through the morning on Sunday, June 19, 2022. All ticketed events this year will be at the Longview Convention Complex, 1123 Jaycee Dr.

Competition flights are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning over Longview, depending on wind conditions. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday night at the Longview Convention Complex for the festival, special shape balloon inflations, live music and balloon glows, weather permitting.

Opening acts take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights with headliners scheduled to play at 9:30 p.m. Gates close at midnight. Tickets are on sale now at

The Molly Ringwalds

Friday, June 17, 2022 – 9:30 PM

Little Texas

Saturday, June 18, 2022 – 9:30 PM

The Social Club

Friday, June 17, 2022 – 6:30 PM

Cody Wayne

Saturday, June 18, 2022 – 6:30 PM

June 17 @ 8:00 am - June 18 @ 11:00 pm
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