Longview is a city spread between Harrison County and Gregg County in Texas. This city is considered to be the commercial hub with the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area and is one of its principle cities. With a population of around 77,000 people, Longview has a majority population led by Whites, Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans, Pacific Islanders and Asians respectively.
The Longview sports scene is fairly different and unconventional. Apart from the regular college sports of football, volleyball, Baseball, golf, softball, soccer and other varsity games, they host several annual events that range from boat races, balloon races, motorcycle rallies, athletic events. Each one of these events happen through the year and celebrate some facet of sports combined with their culture.
In the month of January the East Texas Boat, RV and Camping Expo takes place. This three day event is organised around the last week of January every year. The foundation of this event was laid by way of the owners of Longview Marines, Gene Brady and Dale Clark and 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 major attraction in this area would be the Annual Memorial Day Motorcycle rally. This rally brings individual bikers and motorcycle riders and such clubs coming from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. This event began in 2006 and has been a major attraction in this area. The big event includes many bike games, a bikers show, music and parades and the big attraction known as the Teresi Dyno-Drag. In this interactive event, bikers test their abilities 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 would be the Alley Fest that is held at the onset of summer. This fest began in 1978 and hosts an art show, a music festival, a food contest as well as a marathon run which is a 1 mile, 5K and 10K course. The latest introduction to the fest has been the Kids Marathon run where children between 5 to 12 participate in a 25.2 miles run.
The most popular among every one of these could be the Great Texas Balloon race that is held in the month of July each 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 over the launch of the Longview Mall as being a giant celebration. It carried on thereafter and has evolved into a competitive event of world class standards. This event is said to attract world class hot air balloon pilots from all around the globe and comprises of balloon fights and balloon glows. The added attraction of this event is always to see how these balloons get inflated and operated. It 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 major newspaper publication in this area and dates back to 187. This publication carries all the local news, sports and community details.