One of Longview’s premier arts and music festivals will be canceled this year.
‘Alley Fest’ started in 1978 as an artist-focused event for East Texans. It turned into a three-day festival in downtown Longview that featured art, concerts, sports competitions and kids activities. The City of Longview said the festival had a great run, but the popularity of the event has declined over the years.
Shawn Hara, City Spokesperson for the City of Longview said, “After looking at those numbers, the committee decided our efforts are best spent trying to do something new. Sometimes it’s just best to say, you know this has had a really good run, and it’s been a great event that people are excited about. But, you know sometimes its time to do something new and exciting.”
The city is planning several new big events for the summertime including the T-Bone concert series and ‘Movies on the Plaza.’ They are taking any and all suggestions for future events.
“There will be a lot of people that have a lot of nostalgia for the event. A lot of sadness in seeing it go and we totally understand that. We know also there’s going to be some new opportunity and we’re hopeful that the same people that loved what we were doing with Alley Fest will get plugged in with other things. Like our downtown live concerts that we have multiple times a year,” said Hara.
He adds although this might be tough for people who love this event, it will turn into a positive for the community.