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 it is 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 fairly different and unconventional. Aside from the regular college sports of football, volleyball, Baseball, golf, softball, soccer as well as other varsity games, they host several yearly events that vary from boat races, balloon races, motorcycle rallies, athletic events. All these events happen throughout 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 occurs. This three day event is organised on the last week of January every year. The building blocks of this 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 under one roof 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 from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. This event started in 2006 and has been a major attraction in this area. The event includes numerous bike games, a bikers show, music and parades as well as the big attraction known as the Teresi Dyno-Drag. During this interactive event, bikers test their abilities in racing to see how fast they could really go in a quarter mile stretch.
Probably the most interesting festivals that take place in Longview is the Alley Fest that is held in the start of summer. This fest began in 1978 and hosts an art show, a music festival, a food contest and a marathon run which is a 1 mile, 5K and 10K course. The latest introduction to the fest is the Kids Marathon run where children between 5 to 12 take part in a 25.2 miles run.
The most famous amongst 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 considered as the “longest running hot-air balloon race in Texas”. This race began in 1978 during the launch of the Longview Mall as a giant celebration. It carried on 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 consists of balloon fights and balloon glows. The added attraction in this event is 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 main newspaper publication of this area and goes back to 187. This publication carries all the local news, sports and community details.