Pilots begin chase for national hot air balloon title in Longview

Pilots begin chase for national hot air balloon title in Longview

 LONGVIEW (KYTX) - The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Championship took flight this morning under partly cloudy skies in Gregg County.

Pilots raced for targets at Longview's Lear Park and south into Kilgore on the first day of the nearly weeklong event. You can find preliminary and final results from today's first round by clicking here.

After daybreak Wednesday morning, pilots will compete over the Kilgore area in southern Gregg County. Later that night, the East Texas Pump Jacks semi-pro baseball team will play a game at 6 p.m., followed by Baseball, Balloons and Beer at Driller Park in Kilgore. Baseball, Balloons and Beer is an after-game party and balloon glow near the baseball park.

 For more information about the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Championship and Great Texas Balloon Race, click here.


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