U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship http://redriverradio.org en East Texas ballooners get on with the 'tasks' of the day http://redriverradio.org/post/east-texas-ballooners-get-tasks-day <p>The U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship is on as scheduled Thursday in Longview after being grounded&nbsp;for the past two&nbsp;days due to&nbsp;poor weather conditions.&nbsp;The pilots are now trying to rapidly complete the tasks of the competition.</p><p></p><p>When Mother Nature interferes in a multi-day ballooning competition, the stakes get higher. The pilots must complete tasks each day of the competition in order to rack up a higher score.&nbsp;When there are fewer days to fly, there are fewer tasks to complete. This makes the remaining tasks all the more important.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:15:13 +0000 Courtney Heppe 31077 at http://redriverradio.org East Texas ballooners get on with the 'tasks' of the day Balloon racers converge in East Texas http://redriverradio.org/post/balloon-racers-converge-east-texas <p>A week of hot air balloon events will draw dozens of racers and enthusiasts to East Texas this week. The colorful balloons are being spotted over Longview today.</p><p></p><p>The events include the 36th Great Texas Balloon Race and, in its second year in Longview, the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship.&nbsp; According to the Longview News Journal, 76 pilots are set to compete in both races this week and that will mean an infusion of tourism dollars for East Texas cities.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:35:23 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 30912 at http://redriverradio.org Balloon racers converge in East Texas