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Ranch Fest to highlight ranch culture and history

20240207 Ranch Fest IMG 7926 copy webExperience ranch life and culture during Ranch Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 10, at the Museum of South Texas History.

Ranch life and culture demonstrations such as rope making, roping cattle and horseshoe making will showcase how these important tools were used on the cattle trail. Other demonstrations focused on ranch living are knitting, wood carving and leather work. New this year is boot making, featuring the Mandujano Brothers from Weslaco, which is a long-standing tradition for vaqueros, ranch hands and owners. The brothers will also create a makeshift workspace using the business’ 40-year-old working bench. Cappadona Ranch will share the process of making mesquite beans into coffee and flour—both products can be purchased at the Museum Store.

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RGV Vipers hold WT Appreciation Night

02.14 webThe Edinburg Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the Winter Texan Appreciation Night, taking place at the Bert Ogden Arena during the RGV Vipers basketball game on Wednesday, February 14. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for an evening filled with excitement.

Free limited tickets will be available for Winter Texans to pick up starting the week of February 5th at the Edinburg Chamber office located at 602 W. University Dr., Edinburg. Attendees are encouraged to secure their tickets early to guarantee entry.

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UTRGV Ballet Folklorico set to kick off Alegria 2024

UTRGV Alegria Courtesy of UTRGV webBy Amanda A. Taylor-Uchoa, UTRGV

The UTRGV Ballet Folklorico is inviting the community to Alegría 2024 with shows starting in early February.

Led by Miguel Angel Peña Caballero, director of the UTRGV Ballet Folklórico, Alegría is an annual folklórico performance that brings life to Mexico’s art of folk dance. The fast-paced show has a cast of 40 dancers and 15 musicians dressed in colorful costumes, performing lively choreographies supported by theatrical lighting and music.

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Dave Williams to perform at PCT

PCT Pic1 Dave Williams webThe Pharr Community Theater Co. (PCT) is proud to continue presenting intimate concerts with local talent for entertainment and fundraising for the theater, which is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization since 2008. Since its inception, PCT has produced, non-stop, three to four main stage plays each year and basic acting workshops, with support from the City of Pharr. Recently the theater has incorporated music and comedy acts on their stage as another venue for local talent to perform.

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Gospel Music Extravaganza is next week

20220105 Redneck Revivial BentsenPalmsRV HMiller 03 webBob Courtney, AKA Pastor Pudge, will be hosting the Gospel Music Extravaganza next week where he and others will be performing great gospel music to lift our spirits. The event begins at 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 30, at Winter Ranch Resort, 600 State Hwy. 495, in Alamo.

Others that will be performing are Redneck Revival, Alta Courtney, Mike Leichner, and Jamie Layton.

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92nd Annual Parade of Oranges in Mission

The City of Mission is proud to be home to one of the largest parades in South Texas, the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges. 

This year’s theme is “Noche de Carnaval,” and the parade features over 120 floats. Local marching bands, dance performances, citrus-themed attire, and the royal court attract thousands of people from all over the Rio Grande Valley.

The parade will be taking place on Saturday, January 27, at 12 p.m. It begins on 495 FM & Conway Ave., continuing south on Conway Ave. and ending at 1st Street. The Mission Police Department will close streets along the parade route in phases, starting at 6 a.m., and will reopen until the conclusion of the parade. Spectators are advised to exercise caution along Conway Ave. and obey all temporary traffic signs and coned areas.

Another attraction is the two-day Texas Citrus Fiesta Fun Fair and Kids Carnival. Live music, food vendors, and arts and crafts will make this a memorable night for the community. It is taking place at Leo Peña Placita Park (803 N Conway) on Saturday, January 27th, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and on Sunday, January 28th, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.  

Prior to the parade, the media is invited to attend the Mayor’s Brunch, where Mission will warmly welcome various Sister Cities from Mexico. The event is taking place on Saturday, January 27th, at the Mission Chamber of Commerce (202 W Tom Landry St, Mission)starting at 9:30 a.m. This event will allow for interviews with Mission dignitaries and counterparts from Mexico.  

MHM presents special screenings of She Came to The Valley

She came to the Valley Screening 24 webThe Mission Historical Museum gladly presents a special screening of the 1979 western film: She Came to the Valley. The film is based on the novel written by local author, Cleo Dawson.

Who is Cleo Dawson? Cleo Dawson was born in 1902. Her family was one of the first pioneer families who helped transform the frontier town of Mission into an incorporated city. They were the owners of one of the first convenience stores, Caballo Blanco. Her novel is inspired by the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Mission, Texas during its pioneer days. It is said to be based on Dawson’s mother’s experiences. The film was shot in South Texas's Rio Grande Valley and Oklahoma. In its first run it broke weekend attendance records at Rio Grande theatres.

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