WATCH: Mr. Z the Zebra prepares for the Great Texas Balloon Race

WATCH: Mister Z the Zebra hot air balloon prepares for the Great Texas Balloon Race

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The Great Texas Balloon Race is beginning and hot air balloons are inflating all over Longview!

KLTV’s Brennon Gurley caught up with the pilot of one this year’s special shapes.

There are six new special shapes scheduled to make an appearance in 2019. In addition to their regular appearances at the Great Texas Balloon Race Festival, they will be inflated at various spots around town on the morning of July 26.

If you’d like more information about this year’s Great Texas Balloon Race, visit the Great Texas Balloon Race website.

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