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Valley presents Entertainer of Year awards

With so much talent gathered under one roof, the Valley Star Awards Show just may have been the best show in the Rio Grande Valley this year.

The Valley Star Awards Show, produced by Robert Ferguson, combines presentations of entertainer of the year awards with live performances by some to the top talent in the Rio Grande Valley. This year’s show, held Feb. 21 at Mission Bell Resort, featured performances by J.C. Harrisson, Denim & Diamonds, John Sager, Dave & Daphne, Leslie Blasing and Link Union.

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BorderFest celebrates Korea in 2015

Get ready for four days of fun, March 5-8, as the City of Hidalgo presents BorderFest 2015. This year’s theme will be the country of Korea.

Borderfest offers a weekend filled with ethnic foods and cultural entertainment along with top name stars and plenty of parades and costumed characters to entertain the public while teaching the school children of Hidalgo and Valley Independent School Districts about the people and customs of the country of Korea.

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Bees sting Brahmas on Winter Texan night

It’s fast-paced, hard-hitting action on ice. It’s the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees hockey and there’s nothing else like it in south Texas.

Friday night, Feb. 13, was Winter Texan night at State Farm Arena, sponsored by the Winter Texan Times, and the Bees gave the larger than usual crowd all the excitement they could handle as they stung the Lone Star Brahmas 3-2 in a shootout. The win was the Bees’ fourth in a row and their third shootout win over that four game span.

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Brigitte Villeneuve quilt wins Best of Show

The talent and skills shown by the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild members is remarkable. The creativity and artistic work that goes into many of these quilts is incredible.

Quilters spend hours that stretch into months and years to make some of these works of art. Such is the case of Brigitte Villeneuve, of Quebec, Canada, who created a quilt called “French Garden” that won Best of Show in this year’s RGV Guild Quilt Show.

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Valley favorites to perform at Star Awards

For those who want to see some of the best entertainment in the Rio Grande Valley all in one show, the place to be is the Valley Star Awards to be held at Mission Bell Resort in Mission at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21. In addition to presentations of 12 awards for the Valley’s favorite entertainers, there will be performances by six of the most popular entertainers in the Rio Grande Valley.

John Sager, a Branson performer who has been named the RGV’s Male Vocalist of the Year four times, and three times named Entertainer of the Year, will be among the entertainers.

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‘Sherwin Linton-Forever on the Stage’ to premiere

A film documenting the life and career of Winter Texan performer Sherwin Linton will premiere at the Border Theater in Mission Friday, Feb. 27.

Pioneer Public Television in Minnesota decided to produce the documentary, “Sherwin Linton - forever on the Stage,” about Linton’s life and music career because of his remarkable record of performing for 59 years without ever missing a show. Over the decades he has met with success in a tough music industry and is still a popular entertainer in the Midwest.

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Air Fiesta 2015 begins Saturday in Brownsville

Air Fiesta 2015, the annual air show produced by the Rio Grande Valley Commemorative Air Force, will be held will be held at the Brownsville Airport Feb. 21-22. Gates open at 9 a.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate and are available at all Stripes convenience stores Valleywide.

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RGV Quilt Show featured this weekend

Over 350 quilts and quilted items on display at this year’s Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild Show to be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center.

One of the many colorful highlights of last year’s show was the “Amazon Star,” named Best of Show. Gerald Brauer created the huge star featuring concentric rays radiating out from a multi-colored star pattern in the center. This quilt also earned first place in the Large Bed Quilt Division.

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Link Union introduces their new music style

“The Rio Grande Valley is where we learned to be a band,” said Rachel Link at a recent performance at Sleepy Valley Ranch. “When we first came here 12 years ago, we were young and inexperienced and the Valley allowed us to learn to perform. It is good to be back.”

Today the Link Family, now known as Link Union, is all grown up with all five children performing. Rachel is lead vocalist while oldest brother Kyle is lead fiddle player. Now all three of the younger boys, Ben, John and Aaron play, sing and write sons. Mother Becky plays keyboard and sings lead and harmony. Dad, Lance, handles the sound management.

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Winter Texans stick around through winter

It’s been said that you only live once but if you play hockey once is enough. That’s just how members of the Trailer Trash Texas Hockey League feel about the sport they love. These dedicated hockey fans are continuing to play well into their 60s and even 70s.

While Winter Texans are usually associated with leisurely activities such as golf, birding and shuffleboard, there is a group of Winter Texan men who don’t fit the stereotype. Two to three times a week they don their pads, strap on their helmets and lace up their skates and take to the ice playing the fast-paced and sometimes physical sport of ice hockey.

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Bullfight at Santa Maria offers unexpected excitement

Owner Fred Renk is planning another heart-stopping bullfight as Santa Maria Bullring stages its final bullfight of the Winter Texan season on Feb. 22.

At the last bullfight, on Feb. 8, the excitement began even before the event started when the first bull tried to climb out of the chute and knocked the makeshift roof off on one of his many attempts. By the time he was released into the ring, he was furious and charged at each of the matadors and assistants who waved their capes at him as he ran around the ring. Chasing one matador assistant to safety behind a wall, he stood staring at another matador assistant behind the protective wall just daring him to move until another of the matadors attracted his attention.

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Green Gate Grove Quilt Show impressive

The Green Grove Bees held their annual Green Bee Quilt Show on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The show, which normally receives about 500 visitors was filled with quilting ladies “oohing and ahhing” over the quilts and other items on display.

Show chairwoman Annette Sweet said there were approximately 180 items on display including quilts, wearable art, wall hangings, mixed media and other items all made from textiles. There was also a quilt called “Osprey’s Nest” to be awarded at the end of the show.

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CrossStrung provides highly entertaining variety of entertainment

What do you get when you cross a Utah State Fiddle Champion, the Utah Hot Fiddle Champion and a mandolin and guitar champion with Clog America cloggers who have traveled the world? Why, CrossStrung, of course!

CrossStrung performs with precision battling fiddle duals, excellent vocal harmonies, and a variety of music styles including Bluegrass and Gospel to produce a highly enjoyable, high-energy show.

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Winners named in Mission Quilt Show

Mission Historical Museum held an awards ceremony for the winners of the annual Mission Quilt Show on Friday, Feb. 6 at the museum.

The winners of the quilt show competition were announced by Jim Brunson, publisher of the Winter Texan Times.

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Valley Star Awards: Vote for ‘Entertainer of the Year’

The fourth annual Valley Star Awards will present awards to the Rio Grande Valley’s top entertainers as selected by Winter Texans casting their votes for their favorite Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Family Musical Group (not related), Duet Musical Group, Gospel Group, Folk & Bluegrass Group, Novelty or Comedy Act of the Year, Rock & Roll Band, Country Western Band, Individual/Small Band/Variety Act, and Entertainer of the Year.

The Valley Star Awards ballot is located HERE. Ballots must be submitted by the Feb. 17 deadline to be counted in the poll.

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