Longview is a city spread between Harrison County and Gregg County in Texas. This city is regarded as the commercial hub with the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area and is considered one of its principle cities. With a population of approximately 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 unusual. Apart from the regular collegiate sports of football, volleyball, Baseball, golf, softball, soccer as well as other varsity games, they host several annual events that vary from boat races, balloon races, motorcycle rallies, athletic events. Each one of 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 takes place. This 3 day event is held on the last week of January every year. The building blocks of the event was laid by way of 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 across East Texas in one location drawing almost over 10,000 attendees annually.
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 coming from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. This event started in 2006 and it has been a major attraction in this area. The event includes many 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 quickly 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 is the Kids Marathon run where children between 5 to 12 participate in a 25.2 miles run.
The most famous amongst all these is the Great Texas Balloon race which is held in the month of July each 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 over the launch of the Longview Mall as a giant celebration. It carried on thereafter and has grown into a competitive event of world class standards. This event is considered to draw in world-class hot air balloon pilots from all across the world and comprises 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 which 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.