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Dancing horses will be part of the full-day’s lineup of entertainment at this year’s Onion Fest celebration in Weslaco. The festival will be held Saturday, March 24, at Mayor Pablo City Park. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and entertainment begins at 10 a.m.

The 1015 onion, only grown in the Rio Grande Valley, has lived up to its nickname – the “Million Dollar Baby” since its inception in the early 1980s by Texans A&M horticulture professor Dr. Leonard Pike. It took 10 years of research, continual testing and a million dollars in cost to develop. The Rio Grande Valley has been celebrating one of the state’s most successful crops ever since.

The 2018 Texas Onion Fest will be held Saturday, March 24 at Mayor Pablo City Park, 300 N. Airport Road in Weslaco. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for children ages 2 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or by visiting www.weslaco.com.

The Texas Onion Fest, which began in 1989, celebrates the development of the world-famous Texas 1015 Onion which was developed in Weslaco. The name of the 1015 onion came from the suggested planting date, Oct. 15. The event, sponsored by the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce, includes live entertainment on two stages, the exciting “Onion Eating Contest,” food, commercial booths, kiddie rides, two performances by the Dancing Horses at the Charro Arena, 1015 Market, Car Show, cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Center and much more.

Entertainment is always a huge attraction and this year's event is booked solid. Some of the highlights include Mariachi Mariposas, a group consisting of some of the finest female mariachi musicians in the Rio Grande Valley. The group, which began in the summer of 2012, recently won the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's 2018 Mariachi Invitational. The group will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. on Hermes Main Stage.

20180322 Texas Onion Festival Preview MILLER CookingPrior to the mariachis, the Weslaco High School Mariachi Pantera will open the entertainment at 10 a.m. followed by The Adels at 11:30 a.m. and Mario and Maria at 12:45 p.m.

Country music singer/songwriter Lauren Corzine is also among the top performers and will hit the stage from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

“Lauren Corzine is a bright face in country music today,” said Reafan Florence, director of entertainment for the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show. “This Texas born young lady has a bright future in the music industry. Powerhouse vocals with warm emotional tones as well.”

Other performers include Chris Marshall (4:40 p.m.), the amazing vocals of Beatriz Gonzalez (5:45 p.m.), Vidal (7 p.m.) and the highlight of the evening will be Buck 'N Crazy (8:15 p.m.) and Little Joe (9:30 p.m.).

The H-E-B Charro Arena will have two shows from the Dancing Horses, the Rancho Caballo de Pura Raza Azteca. Those shows are at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Other events at the Frost Culinary Center include the onion eating contest at noon, the comedy and magic of Oscar Muñoz at 2:30 p.m., a Team Tiger Martial Arts exhibition at 4:30 p.m. and karaoke from 6 - 10 p.m.

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