POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 7:16am
UPDATED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 7:20am
Longview, TX (KETK) —
This year, the Texas Legislature deemed Longview the "The Balloon Race Capital of Texas" by the 83rd legislature, and this week marks the reason for the honor.
Balloonists competing in the 2013 Great Texas Balloon Race will be participating in a practice flight Monday morning.
The practice flight began at 6:45 a.m., with pilots choosing one of two targets: one in a field south of Joy Global on West Loop 281, and the other on Gum Springs Rd., just north of Cotton St.
The week will be filled with competitions and other events.
According to the competition's official website, the daily flight locations will vary based on wind and weather.
One of the event's most popular activities, the annual Balloon Glows, will take place on Friday and Saturday evening.
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