Longview is a city spread between Harrison County and Gregg County in Texas. This city is considered to be the commercial hub for the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area and it is considered one of its principle cities. With a population of approximately 77,000 people, Longview features a majority population led by Whites, Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans, Pacific Islanders and Asians respectively.
The Longview sports scene is quite different and unconventional. Apart from the regular collegiate sports of football, volleyball, Baseball, golf, softball, soccer and other varsity games, they host a number of annual events that range from boat races, balloon races, motorcycle rallies, athletic events. Each one of these events happen throughout the year and celebrate some aspect of sports combined with their culture.
From the month of January the East Texas Boat, RV and Camping Expo occurs. This 3 day event is organised around the last week of January each year. The building blocks of the event was laid by the people who own Longview Marines, Gene Brady and Dale Clark and it has been active since 1982. This expo brings RVs, yachts, boats and motorcycles, ATVs from all of across East Texas under one roof drawing almost over 10,000 attendees annually.
Yet another significant attraction in this area would be the Annual Memorial Day Motorcycle rally. This rally brings individual bikers and motorcycle riders and such clubs from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. This event began in 2006 and it has been an important attraction in this area. The big event includes numerous bike games, a bikers show, music and parades as well as the big attraction called the Teresi Dyno-Drag. During this interactive event, bikers test their skills in racing and find out how fast they can really go in a quarter mile stretch.
Probably the most interesting festivals that occur in Longview is the Alley Fest that is held in the onset of summer. This fest began in 1978 and hosts an art show, a music festival, a food contest and a marathon run that is a 1 mile, 5K and 10K course. The latest introduction to the fest is the Kids Marathon run where children between the ages of 5 to 12 participate in a 25.2 miles run.
The most famous amongst every one of these could be the Great Texas Balloon race that is held in the month of July every year at the East Texas Regional Airport. This event is regarded as the “longest running hot-air balloon race in Texas”. This race began in 1978 during the launch of the Longview Mall as being a giant celebration. It continued thereafter and it has evolved into a competitive event of first class standards. This event is considered to draw in world-class hot air balloon pilots from all across the world and consists of balloon fights and balloon glows. The added attraction in this event is to observe how these balloons get inflated and operated. This is an event that is held in association with the North American Balloon Association and invites eighty special sport balloons.
The Longview News Journal is the main newspaper publication in this area and dates back to 187. This publication carries all of the local news, sports and community information.