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Edinburg Chamber announces return of Texas Cook’Em event

Texas CookEm 2021 FlyerFree concert and firework show to be held in celebration of Independence Day

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce proudly presents its 15th Annual Texas Cook’ Em: High Steaks in Edinburg. The event is set to be held on July 4, 2021 at the Ebony Hills Golf Course, located on 300 W. Palm Dr.

Texas Cook’Em is one of Texas’s biggest BBQ purse, awarding $16,000 to the winners. In 2019, Texas Cook’Em drew 120 cooking teams from across the state and over 3,000 citizens attended this State Championship event.

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Leslie Blasing can be found anywhere you are

20161201 Leslie BlasingLeslie Blasing has been one of those Wintertainers that has adapted quite well to social distancing. She was one of the first to go online with her shows last year when we all had to start quarantining. He Facebook was always busy with her daily shows on her back porch, or out on her street depending on the weather.

Blasing is a pleasure to watch with her energy, connection to the crowd, and love of music. Her songs span seven decades of country, classic rock, 50’s and 60’s…. and some of todays music as well. South Padre Island has been her home for 25 years. She has won multiple awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

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Colliers bring a mix of sound to the stage

Colliers Picturs 600pxThe Colliers are a vibrant, Americana group, that blends acoustic and electric instrumentation. They mix a host of genres like rock, pop, country, Celtic (Irish/Scottish), and folk, in a rootsy, down-home way. By doing this they form their own unique sound. They also put their own twist on a huge variety of covers of all genres from past to present, including pop-rock, country, R&B, swing, and even some Hawaiian pedal steel. They are refreshingly different from other Wintertainers™.

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Sombrero Festival is online for 2021

charro daysWhile the official events – parade, carnival, costume ball – for Charro Days have been cancelled for this year, The Sombrero Festival will be held virtually. There will be a Sombrero Festival en Casa virtual show on Saturday, February 27. The show will feature a virtual variety show that you can watch in the comfort of your own home. There are several events you can get involved in now to be part of that show.

There will be a beard contest with registration closing on Monday, February 15 at 7 p.m. One entry per person is allowed. Winners will be selected based on judge’s scoring. Categories of competition are longest beard, best groomed beard, or ugliest beard.

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Dave and Daphne are here

dave and daphneDave and Daphne are here again. This couple loves to entertain and you can see it when they get on the stage. This group has won a couple of Valley Star Awards including Duet Musical Group of the Year, and in 2019 they won Entertainer of the Year.

Once you see them on stage, you know they earned those titles. Their shows are full of laughter, tears, and a pull back in time with their classics and banter. They sing a little bit of country and little bit of gospel.

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A Valley favorite: Ralph Kuster

20171207 Ralph KusterRalph Kuster has been a Valley favorite for several years. He is well known for his variety of acts, wide-ranging vocals and the energy he puts into his shows. With what he does now, you would not believe that he spent many years teaching golf.

When not teaching, he could be found singing something in his car, in his room, or anywhere else he had a chance to sing. His love for singing eventually led him to pursuing a career in music in 2005.

It was in 2006, performing in Nashville, where someone told him he needed to go to Branson. He later found out that someone was a member of Toby Keith’s band.

Once he got to Branson, he created his own show and rented his own theater, paying for all the expenses of running a show. It was a struggle, he said, but he kept going. By 2008 he had a leading one-man show in Branson.

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