Longview news diary and sporting events

Longview is actually a city spread between Harrison County and Gregg County in Texas. This city is regarded as the commercial hub for the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area and it is considered 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 fairly different and unusual. Aside from the regular collegiate sports of football, volleyball, Baseball, golf, softball, soccer as well as other varsity games, they host several annual events that range from boat races, balloon races, motorcycle rallies, athletic events. All these events happen through the year and celebrate some facet of sports coupled with their culture.

From 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 every 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 of across East Texas under one roof drawing almost over 10,000 attendees annually.

Yet another major attraction in this area 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 has been a major attraction in this region. The big event includes numerous bike games, a bikers show, music and parades and the big attraction called the Teresi Dyno-Drag. During this interactive event, bikers test their skills in racing to see how fast they can really go in a quarter mile stretch.

One of the most interesting festivals that occur in Longview is the Alley Fest that is held at 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 latest introduction to the fest is 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 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 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 attract 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 always to see how these balloons get inflated and handled. 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 in this area and goes back to 187. This publication carries all of the local news, sports and community information.