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 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 as well as other varsity games, they host several yearly events that range 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 takes place. This 3 day event is organised around the last week of January each year. The foundation of this event was laid by the people who own Longview Marines, Gene Brady and Dale Clark and 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.
Yet another major attraction in this region 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 region. The event includes many bike games, a bikers show, music and parades and the big attraction known as the Teresi Dyno-Drag. During this interactive event, bikers test their skills in racing to see how fast they could really go in a quarter mile stretch.
One of 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 newest introduction to the fest has been the Kids Marathon run where children between 5 to 12 take part in a 25.2 miles run.
The most popular amongst every one of these is 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 during the launch of the Longview Mall as a giant celebration. It carried on thereafter and it 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. An added attraction of this event is always to observe how these balloons get inflated and operated. This 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 major newspaper publication of this area and goes back to 187. This publication carries all the local news, sports and community information.