The organizing board of the Great Texas Balloon Race is working with LeTourneau University researchers to calculate the economic impact of the event on East Texas. Race founder Bill Bussey, a Longview dentist, said nearly 500 volunteers helped to put on this year's race. The Great Texas Balloon Race will host the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship in Longview for the next two years. Bussey says the board is considering bidding for the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Championship.
The Junior League of Longview will host an open house at 4:30 p.m. to unveil its newly renovated building, which includes its volunteer-run shop, The Bargain Box. The Junior League's unique partnership with Neiman Marcus department store chain allows it to purchase merchandise from Neiman Marcus' Longview distribution center and resell it at the Bargain Box to benefit Junior League community projects.