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 considered one of its principle cities. Having a population of around 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 fairly different and unconventional. Apart from the regular college sports of football, volleyball, Baseball, golf, softball, soccer as well as other varsity games, they host several yearly 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 takes place. This 3 day event is held around the last week of January every year. The building blocks of the event was laid by the owners of 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 across East Texas in one location drawing almost over 10,000 attendees each year.
Yet another major attraction in this region is 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 started in 2006 and it has been an important 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 exciting festivals that take place in Longview would be the Alley Fest which is held in 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 that is a 1 mile, 5K and 10K course. The newest introduction to the fest has been the Kids Marathon run where children between the ages of 5 to 12 participate in a 25.2 miles run.
The most popular among every one of these is 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 over the launch of the Longview Mall as a giant celebration. It continued thereafter and has grown into a competitive event of first class standards. This event is said to attract world-class hot air balloon pilots from all across the world and comprises of balloon fights and balloon glows. The added attraction of this event is to observe 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 main newspaper publication of this area and dates back to 187. This publication carries all the local news, sports and community information.