Longview, TX — Advanced tickets for the Great Texas Balloon Race go on sale today at Brookshire’s Grocery Stores and Super 1 Foods across the region.
“You can buy a ticket for Friday or Saturday night’s events,” said Gai Bennett, spokeswoman for the annual weeklong ballooning event that lifts off July 28 and features concerts and a balloon glow Aug. 1 and 2.
Advance tickets are $12 for all attendees older than 12. Tickets at the gate are $15, Bennett said.
Country singer Roger Creager is set to perform Aug. 1, and fellow country artist Tracy Lawrence will take the stage Aug. 2.
The Great Texas Balloon Race began in Longview in 1978 when Longview Mall managers Frankie Parson Riggins and Mary LeTourneau cut a deal with Bill Bussey, a world-record hot air balloon pilot, to fly over Longview with a banner advertising the mall’s opening.
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