Longview news journal and sporting events

Longview is actually 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 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 quite different and unusual. Apart from the regular college 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. All these events take place 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 occurs. This three day event is organised on the last week of January each year. The foundation of this event was laid by way of 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 of across East Texas in one location drawing almost over 10,000 attendees each year.

Yet another major attraction in this area 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 fast they could really go in a quarter mile stretch.

Probably the most interesting festivals that occur in Longview would be 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 as well as 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 participate in a 25.2 miles run.

The most famous among all 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 over the launch of the Longview Mall as being a giant celebration. It continued thereafter and it has grown into a competitive event of first class standards. This event is said to draw in world class hot air balloon pilots from all across the world 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 in this area and dates back to 187. This publication carries all of the local news, sports and community details.