Longview gears up for Alleyfest

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Preps are underway for an annual event that draws thousands of visitors to East Texas.

Stages are being completed and booths are going up in downtown Longview for the 32nd Annual Alley Fest. The festival started as a back alley craft fair, now regularly draws over 10,000 guests. The 3-day event features food vendors, crafts, a kids fest activity area and live music. Organizers say they have added more family friendly events and activities.

"Things like archery, take me fishing, wildlife, CSI, just a lot of neat neat outdoor activities for families to learn more about the 'life's better outside' experience," said Elaine Reynolds, the Longview Partnership Vice President.

Alley Fest runs Friday 6:30 p.m. - midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. - midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be live music every night with the headliner Blue Oyster Cult appearing at 10 p.m. Saturday night. Tickets are $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

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