Officials with the Great Texas Balloon Race aren’t just blowing hot air, they’re really moving forward with this year’s event.

It was announced Thursday morning that this year’s event will be held June 18-20, though not without some changes made from previous years. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be focused on the competition ballooning events. Approximately 60 top pilots and their hot air balloons will be flying and competing in the skies over the City of Longview. In addition to the morning competitive flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fun flights will be added Friday and Saturday afternoon to enhance the entertainment value for balloon watchers on the ground.

“Keeping public safety at the forefront of our planning and after careful consideration, the difficult decision has been made to host no public events in 2021,” explained Michelle Ford, the GTBR 2021 Chairman. “Specifically, there will not be any balloon glows, special shape tethers, musical entertainment or our traditional festival activities. Our goal continues to be to bring an exciting experience to our community through world class ballooning competition by the very best pilots.”

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