Balloon Fly-Over In Longview

An East Texas tradition is underway, "The Great Texas Balloon Race" is here. The dark silhouettes of hot-air balloons dominated the Longview skyline Friday morning. 75 balloons competed in the sport and special shape competition today.

They lifted off around 7:30 from near the area of the East Loop, with a prevailing east wind. The fly-over is the traditional start of the balloon race series of events.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.