JUL 2017

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J U L Y 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 33 Small Markets ...BIG ON MEETINGS! Sponsored Content Balloon Race Capital ofTexas Real East Texas 903.753.3281 – 300 W. Cotton St., Longview, TX 75601 Longview is your destination for meetings, reunions, conventions, and year-round events, not to mention the best BBQ in the state. July 4 Fireworks and Freedom Celebration July 28-30 Great Texas Balloon Race August 11-13 Ink Life Tattoo and Music Festival October 20-21 Rockers Riders and Ribs and So Much More… Discover Longview, Explore Real East Texas the spirit of its name –inspired by the view from the porch of O.H. Methvin's home on the top of Rock Hill – Longview has a progressive view of the future. Its friendly folks, pleasing weather, beautiful scenery and ideal location offer any visiting group an experience to remember and a reason to return. Famous for its natural beauty, unique festivals, and outdoor recreation, Longview is the perfect meeting destination that offers the Real East Texas experience. With an abundance of parks, trails, and lakes, the area provides numerous opportunities for both fun and relaxing outdoor experiences. From Longview, you can venture out to bike our hills which are covered with pine and hardwood trees, you can waterski our nearby lakes, or you can fish for that big catch. Mixed within our flavorful culture and rich heritage, our museum district is also something to experience with the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, The Gregg County Historical Museum and the WOW Children's Museum. Enjoy the arts, experience the rich history of East Texas and shop for authentic antiques, arts, crafts and original pottery. A perfect retreat also includes local shopping and dining and a visit to one of our area's countryside vineyards. Another favorite activity is attending one of the many fun and exciting festivals including the Great Texas Balloon Race, Rockers Riders & Ribs, and many other special events throughout the year. The Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex encompasses 100 acres in the heart of Longview and offers meeting space to fit your event. Longview is also home to new full–service hotels that are perfect for hosting meetings and conventions. While enjoying Longview and its history, you'll have the opportunity to embrace your life's adventure by enjoying our authentic experiences and flavorful culture, which is sure to deliver an enjoyable meeting. Come and let the Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau assist you! n Shawn Hara, Media and Tourism Manager Shawn Hara was born and raised in Longview, and he now works for his hometown. He loves to travel and always enjoys planning for his or someone else's next trip. Longview CVB (903) 753-3281 In

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