The Great Texas Balloon Race in Longview is a great event every year. My personal experiences with the balloon race are moments I will always remember. Sadly, though, the Coronavirus pandemic has made the Great Texas Balloon Race it's latest victim.

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Great Texas Balloon Race officials announced on Facebook Monday (April 6) that the 2020 event is cancelled according to KLTV.

This year's race had been moved from it's usual end of July, in the middle of the sweltering East Texas summer, to the little bit cooler June 19-21 weekend. The unknown of if the pandemic will be over by then and the scheduling of the hot air balloon circuit were the main reasons for cancelling this year.

The Great Texas Balloon Race has been a part of the area for over 40 years. Next year will start another great 40 year run in East Texas.

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