Hot air army readies week of Gregg County balloon events

Hot air army readies week of Gregg County balloon events
Longview News Journal
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POSTED: Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 2:48pm

UPDATED: Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 2:50pm

The Great Texas Balloon Race is no Our Gang production thrown together in Grandpa’s barn.

Add the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship, which lands Monday in Gregg County, and planning and setup for the week ahead would blow Grandpa’s mind.

“There are major committees, and there are subcommittees,” event Chairwoman Frankie Parson said, and she wasn’t blowing hot air.

Those committees and subs launch into action once the 17-member board governing the nonprofit race holds its results meeting in August.
A finance committee provides the bottom-line for the recently concluded race. Another committee begins the search for bands, such as The Departed and Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, who will respectively take the airport stage Friday and Saturday.

A pilot committee begins sending letters inviting balloonists to appear and negotiating event rates with hotels.

In all, about 45 volunteers get to work, including a volunteer committee that matches willing hands with tasks that must be accomplished during the weeklong, dual event.

A development committee ensures sponsoring companies get a real lift for their level of commitment, so they’ll pony up again next year. 

For more go to the Longview News Journal: www.news-journal.com/news/local/hot-air-army-readies-week-of-gregg-count...

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