The Great Texas Balloon Race traces its beginning back to 1978 when a Longview pilot flew his hot air balloon over the city announcing the opening of the Longview Mall. This year, the 33rd annual Great Texas Balloon Race (GTBR) will begin Friday, July 29, and continue through Sunday, July 31. If you look skyward in the early morning hours of July 29, you just might catch a glimpse of the beautiful hot air balloons floating over the city.
It would be impossible to have this event without the hundreds of volunteers each year. Serving for a third consecutive year as the treasurer for the GTBR, Shannon Seay invites visitors from near and far to come out to the East Texas Regional Airport and enjoy this world-class event. The weekend will include nightly balloon glows and live entertainment, Kids Land, arts and crafts vendors, and food and drink concessions.
As a tireless community volunteer, Ms. Seay also lends her time to Junior Achievement of East Texas and she served in the finance area for the 2011 East Texas Boat, RV, and Camping Expo. Ms. Seay was involved with AlleyRun and worked in KidsFest and the coupon booths for AlleyFest.
“I love being a volunteer in the community because it gives me the opportunity to work with other volunteers who are as eager to be there as I am as well as meet new people,”
Ms. Seay said. Ms. Seay is a lifelong member of the Longview community. She is a graduate of Pine Tree High School and earned her associate’s degree from Kilgore College and bachelor’s degree in finance from The University of Texas at Tyler. Ms. Seay is a banking officer and credit analyst with Austin Bank.
“It is amazing the overwhelming feeling I have when working on a three-day event and at the end of it looking back to see how successful the event was,” Ms. Seay said. “You know that you were a vital part of that success!”