Longview news diary and sporting events

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 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 collegiate sports of football, volleyball, Baseball, golf, softball, soccer and other varsity games, they host several yearly events that range from boat races, balloon races, motorcycle rallies, athletic events. Each one of these events happen through the year and celebrate some aspect of sports coupled with their culture.

In the month of January the East Texas Boat, RV and Camping Expo takes place. This 3 day event is organised on the last week of January each year. The foundation 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 annually.

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 began in 2006 and it has been a major attraction in this region. The big event includes many bike games, a bikers show, music and parades as well as the big attraction known as the Teresi Dyno-Drag. In this interactive event, bikers test their abilities in racing and find out how fast they could really go in a quarter mile stretch.

One of the most interesting festivals that occur in Longview is 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 and a marathon run that is a 1 mile, 5K and 10K course. The latest introduction to the fest has been the Kids Marathon run where children between the ages of 5 to 12 take part in a 25.2 miles run.

The most popular amongst every one of these could be the Great Texas Balloon race that 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 it has evolved into a competitive event of first class standards. This event is said to draw in world-class hot air balloon pilots from all around the globe and comprises of balloon fights and balloon glows. An added attraction in this event is always to observe 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 dates back to 187. This publication carries all of the local news, sports and community information.