Longview is actually 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 it is one of its principle cities. Having 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 quite different and unusual. Aside from the regular college sports of football, volleyball, Baseball, golf, softball, soccer and other varsity games, they host several annual events that vary from boat races, balloon races, motorcycle rallies, athletic events. All these events happen throughout the year and celebrate some aspect of sports combined with their culture.
In the month of January the East Texas Boat, RV and Camping Expo occurs. This 3 day event is held on the last week of January every year. The foundation of the event was laid by 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 significant attraction in this region would be 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 an important attraction in this region. The event includes numerous bike games, a bikers show, music and parades and the big attraction called the Teresi Dyno-Drag. In this interactive event, bikers test their skills in racing and find out how quickly they can really go in a quarter mile stretch.
One of the most exciting festivals that occur in Longview is the Alley Fest which 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 that 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 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 being a giant celebration. It carried on thereafter and has evolved into a competitive event of first class standards. This event is considered to draw in world class hot air balloon pilots from all around the globe and consists of balloon fights and balloon glows. An added attraction of 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 of the local news, sports and community details.