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Winter Texan wins onion-eating contest at Onion Fest

20180329 Onion Fest MILLER IMG 6291Dennis Purcell immediately recognized he had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in front of him.

His response? He danced as if nobody was watching.

Purcell was one of just a handful of audience volunteers who were given the chance to dance along with the dancing horses at the 29th annual Onion Fest in at City Park in Weslaco.

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Juarez-Lincoln HS to present Folklórico, Mariachi concert

20180329 Juarez Lincoln Folklorico MagallonPhotography 1155La Joya Juarez-Lincoln High School’s Mariachi Sol de Oro and Grupo Folklórico Sol Azteca will present their Spring 2018 concert at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8. Performances will be held at the Alejandro “Alex” H. Saenz Performing Arts Center in La Joya.

Grupo Folklórico Sol Azteca is an award-winning folklórico and contemporary dance company from Juarez-Lincoln High School. The company is under the artistic direction of Jose Zamora MFA, an alumnus of La Joya independent School District.

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Pharr Hub Phestival coming April 7

The Rio Grande Valley is in full swing when it comes to festivals. The City of Pharr takes center stage April 7 with the annual Pharr Hub Phestival.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and the festival, with music, food and a whole lot more, will celebrate until midnight.

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Brownsville to celebrate Vintage Day event April 7

20180329 Brownsville Vintage Day 2The annual Brownsville Vintage Day will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Historic Market Square in downtown Brownsville near 1150 Market Square St.

The event is a vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor event featuring vintage fashion, classic vintage cars, vintage motorcycles, 50s, 60s 70s and 80s music, original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, food vendors, and much more.

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Yum! Take the Mozna Chocolate Factory tour

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Red Hat Queens sample finished chocolate flavors
After the presentation, members of the Red Hat Queen’s Council got to sample the different flavors of chocolate made from the beans that come from Mexico, Venezuela, Vietnam and Tanzania.

Winter Texans looking for something fun to do with a group from their park may want to try the Mozna Chocolate Factory, located at 115 Brazil St. in Hidalgo. This small factory, now starting its third year of operation, gets cacao beans from Mexico, Venezuela, Vietnam and Tanzania and turns them into healthy chocolate bars with 70 percent cocoa. While the bars are not as sweet as a Hershey’s chocolate bar, according to our tour guide they are full of antioxidants that are good for the heart and help lower blood pressure.

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Friends, laughs, good times highlight USA vs Canada softball

20180315 US Canada Senior Softball MILLER IMG 5279Larry Boggs stood up, dressed in his patriotic red, white and blue shirt and shorts, held the megaphone (more like a miniphone) to his mouth and made one of several announcements.”

“Today’s official attendance is 10,682,” said Boggs, whose goatee resembled that of Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs – but there was no relation, Larry Boggs said. “Thank you all for your attendance.”

Obviously, Boggs, who lives in Branson, Mo., but stays at Chimney Park in Mission during the winter, was being a bit optimistic – just overestimating by a little more than 10,200 – but that wasn’t the point. The crowd laughed – and that was the point of the entire day during the annual US-Canada Senior Softball games held at Westside Park in McAllen on March 8.

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Rio Grande Valley has first class entertainment

20180315 Faith Family Freedom JB IMG 1281The Rio Grande Valley's Winter Texan scene isn't the quiet, gem in the rough secret that it once was.

For the winter visitors, that's a good thing – especially when it comes to entertainment.

More and more Wintertainers™ – as they are affectionately called – are coming to the Valley to entertain Winter Texans. The growth can be attributed to entertainers like Gordy and Debbie who came to the Valley 10 years ago and were an immediate hit. When they returned home, they spread the word and brought some friends down.

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