Balloon Race

The GMRBR is what is known as a competitive balloon race within the ballooning community. The race brings together pilots from all over the country to compete for a cash purse. Enjoy watching the colorful balloons fly over downtown Natchez and the Mississippi River!


    Balloon Race Pilot Winners

    1986 - Bill Cunningham

    1987 - Bert Carolla

    1988 - Bill Cunningham

    1989 - Bill Whidden

    1990 - Pat Canon

    1991 - Harold "Bubba" Cliver

    1992 - Bruce Comstock

    1993 - Mark Bowie

    1994 - Bruce Bussey

    1995 - Pat Canon

    1996 - Bill Cunningham

    1997 - Bill Bussey

    1998 - Jim Birk

    1999 - Phil Glebe

    2000 - Stephen Guido

    2001 - Will LaPoint

    2002 - John Wade

    2003 - Brian Rohr

    2004 - Gary Jones

    2005 - Sam Edwards

    2006 - Mark Bowie

    2007 - George Richard

    2008 - Joe Heartsill

    2009 - Glen Smith

    2010 - Tom Oberheide

    2011 - Jim Birk

    2012 - Steve Jones

    2013 - Mark Daniel

    2014 - Pat Canon

    2015 - NA*

    2016 - Anthony Seeger

    2017 - Bruce Bussey

    2018 - NA*

    * unable to fly due to weather


    Steckler Award Winners

    2000 - The Stecklers

    2001 - Peter Burns

    2002 - Don Gardner

    2003 - Laura and Ed Godfrey

    2004 - Sally Durkin

    2005 - Charles Feltus

    2006 - Ralph "Trippey" Shields

    2007 - Babs Price

    2008 - Ken Price

    2009 - Stephen Guido

    2010 - Suzan Hogue

    2011 - David Cauthen

    2012 - Melody Fuqua

    2013 - Rick Freeman

    2014 - Sharon and John Goodrich

    2015 - Maria Lambert

    2016 - Chris Trippe

    2017 - Rachel Lott

    2018 - Scott Adams