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 is considered one of its principle cities. Having 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. Aside from the regular college sports of football, volleyball, Baseball, golf, softball, soccer and other varsity games, they host several annual events that range from boat races, balloon races, motorcycle rallies, athletic events. Each one of these events happen throughout the year and celebrate some facet of sports coupled with their culture.
In the month of January the East Texas Boat, RV and Camping Expo takes place. This three day event is held on the last week of January each year. The building blocks of the event was laid by way of 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 annually.
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 it has been an important attraction in this area. The big event includes many bike games, a bikers show, music and parades as well as the big attraction called the Teresi Dyno-Drag. In this interactive event, bikers test their skills in racing to see how quickly they could really go in a quarter mile stretch.
One of the most interesting festivals that take place in Longview would be the Alley Fest which is held at 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 which is a 1 mile, 5K and 10K course. The latest 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 among all these could be 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 over the launch of the Longview Mall as a giant celebration. It continued thereafter and it has grown 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 in this event is always to see how these balloons get inflated and handled. This 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 major newspaper publication of this area and goes back to 187. This publication carries all of the local news, sports and community details.