Wheelchair Accessible Balloon To Fly In Race

We're just days away from one of the most colorful events in East Texas.

The Great Texas Balloon Race is this weekend in Longview. For the first time ever, one of the hot air balloons will be handicap accessible.

The Fly The Rainbow balloon is owned by a couple in New Mexico. It's specially made with one side that drops down, allowing for a wheelchair to come aboard.

You can take a ride this Thursday. They'll take place in the parking lot of the Drug Emporium on Loop 281 in Longview. It starts around 5 p.m.

To schedule a ride, call 903-295-6636 during regular business hours.  After hours, call 903-660-2336.

Chris Gibson, reporting