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Sherwin and Pam Linton have new CD, video and awards

Sherwin Linton 1 WEB ResolutionIn October of 2018 Sherwin Linton received his 12th Hall of Fame induction in his hometown of Watertown, South Dakota. Having been inducted into several national and Midwest Halls of Fame Sherwin is enjoying his 63rd year of touring as a full time musician and bandleader. At his side for 40 years is his wife Pam. Though they tour with a six piece band, their trio act, with bassist Dick Moebakken, has been a Rio Grande Valley favorite for twenty years.

Many fans will be excited to learn that Pam has released a new 20-song CD titled “Love’s Ring of Fire.” With her beautiful lilting Folk style vocals Pam gives this title song a gentle sweet treatment that even Johnny Cash enjoyed when he said, “Sing it pretty Pam.”

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Kelli Marie: More than an entertainer

20190130 Kelli Marie 7753 PRWho knew that just a few short years ago a 12 year old would become the youngest ever solo entertainer with her own show in the Rio Grande Valley? This year, Kelli Marie also became the youngest person to be nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year along with Maggie May, Tavie Spivey and LaDawn, three veteran performers and friends.

Around the age of 10, Kelli Marie was invited on stage to do special numbers with such artists at The Punches family, Kerry Christiansen, Bill Chrastil, Mario and Southern Anthem. But Kelli’s talent as a multi-faceted vocalist was discovered by businessman Jim Fitzgerald one afternoon in his living room where Kelli’s dad was helping him with some painting. Shortly after an audition in that same room, Jim and Debbie, his wife, co-owners of Don-Wes Flea Market, offered several entertainment slots to this 12-year-old kid. At these gigs, invitations began coming in to perform at various RV and mobile home parks and resorts.

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Party on the Boulevard planned Feb. 2

There’s a new party coming to town.

Party on the Boulevard, slated to be held Saturday, Feb. 2 at the RGV Livestock Show Grounds in Mercedes is more and more looking like the party of the season. The event is hosted by Winter Texan Home Sales and sponsored by the Winter Texan Times and other area businesses.

POTB planner Cheryl Palacios says this will be a huge festival featuring three stages – two of them featuring some of the Rio Grande Valley’s best bands, including Southern Blend, Bottom Line Band, Border Soul and Pelican West. These groups will performing throughout the day, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The third stage will be a performing arts stage, featuring folklorico dancers, a choir and other area talent, such country singer Chris Marshall.

The event also features a parade at 3 p.m., which will include the Mercedes High School Band, a Pet Parade and antique cars by the Antique Auto Club of America. The club will also have an antique car show during the event.

The festival will feature over 200 vendors, including dozens of artisan booths and a wide array of food trucks.

“We will have tons of food vendors,” Palacios explained, including barbeque, pizza, tacos, Pineapple Ninja, funnel cakes, chicken, turkey legs, kettle corn, roasted corn, hamburgers, hot dogs and other fair food favorites.

“We have 40 real artists from the local area and over 50 excellent artisans” who will have their creations on display for viewing and purchase, she added. Folks are invited to stop by and add their own creative touch to a big canvas painting that will be auctioned to raise funds for Kickin’ for Cancer and the Ronald McDonald House.

One of the highlights of this year’s party will be a Dog Bowl, where prizes will be awarded for categories such as Owner and Pet Look-alike, Best Dressed Pet, and Dog With the Most Potential. Those who want to register their pet in the competition can do so online at Most types of domesticated pets are eligible. See the website for the registration form and further details. Application registration deadline is Feb. 1, no exceptions.

That’s not all. There will be a biergarten, pottery wheels to make your own pottery – free, citrus growing and “Power Garden” demonstrations and carnival games, plus free giveaways.

Admission is free and attendees can get a coupon for $2 off the $10 per carload parking fee by printing the coupon online at

Product Costume Style Show carries on Fiesta tradition

20190123 PC S Mission GU 2545Costumes for the 2019 “Texas Citrus Fiesta Celebrates Hollywood Movies” Product Costume Show seemed better than ever, perhaps because the theme allowed designers to be more creative, picking the movie characters they wanted to represent. Characters ranged from Disney favorites like Mickey Mouse and Peter Pan to classical movies like the “Wizard of Oz” and Ben Hur.

The Texas Citrus Fiesta Product Costume Show is not your ordinary style show. The costumes designed for this uniquely American folk art competition must be decorated using only agricultural products grown in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Over the years, the costume designers have become more and more creative about how to prepare a variety of local ag products – including citrus, of course – to create a palette of colors for their creative whims.

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Texas Citrus Fiesta Fun Fair is Saturday

20190123 Legendzz Band 3744What can be more fun that the Texas Citrus Fiesta Fun Fair?

The Fiesta Fun Fair is always held on the same day as the Parade of Oranges, Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The fair will be held in the newly renovated La Placita Park, located across from H-E-B on Conway at 9th Street (Business 83). Admission is free.

Winter Texans will especially enjoy the folkloric dancers from Mission Parks & Recreation, performing at 11:30 a.m., well before the 3 p.m. parade start time. They will be followed by several local bands performing country music and a variety of other styles.

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DHR Health hosts Community Health Fair

20190116 DHR Health Fair 01Edinburg—DHR Health (DHR) will host its 13th Annual DHR Community Health Fair on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, located at 118 Paseo del Prado behind the Advanced Care Center in Edinburg. The health fair is free and open to the public and all visitors will be eligible for door prizes.

The 13th Annual DHR Community Health Fair will provide educational and informational health services, free cholesterol screenings, vision tests, glucose checks, blood pressure screenings, fibro scans, and flu vaccines. Numerous local healthcare entities will also provide free health screenings to help our community members identify their risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, dental problems, or other common health issues. Pharmacists will also be onsite to answer any questions that you have about your medications.

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Edinburg Winter Texan Appreciation Day & Expo, Jan. 17

20190116 Edinburg WT Appreciation advance couple PRThe Edinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) along with the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce (ECOC) will host a Winter Texan Appreciation Day & Expo, Thursday, Jan. 17. The event will take place at the Edinburg Activity Center, 123 Palm Dr. Over 300 Winter Texans from various parks staying in the Edinburg area are expected to attend this year’s event. There will be plenty of food, fun, games, door prizes and live music by Sweet Water Band RGV.

The event will run from 3-6 p.m., and tickets are only $5. Your purchase includes live music, food, cake, border buttermilk, and a chance to win door prizes. The Edinburg CVB and the ECOC would like to thank all of the Winter Texans who shop, eat, and stay in Edinburg.

“Winter Texans continue to be vital to our community,” said Ronnie Larralde, Executive Director of the Edinburg Chamber and Edinburg CVB. “Their visits to Edinburg assist our growing economy and much needed volunteerism during the winter months.” Limited tickets can be purchased at the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Please call 956-383-4974 for more information.

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