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Mission rolls our red carpet for Winter Texans

The time is fast approaching for the big Winter Texan Fiesta in Mission, as the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce, City of Mission, Mission Historical Museum and Shary Municipal Golf Course all pull together to put on the biggest Winter Texan appreciation event of the season. Mark your calendars for Feb. 15 and 16 and make plans to come to Mission for the celebration.

Folks have been asking when they can pick up tickets for the free lunch, which is provided by the Mission Chamber. C.J. Sanchez, Mission Chamber vice-president, has announced that tickets will be available at the chamber office, located at 202 W. Tom Landry, beginning Monday, Feb. 11. The number of lunch tickets is limited to 2,500, first come, first serve, and they always seem to run out each year, as this is a very popular event.

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Dave & Daphne electrify Valley audiences

Dave and DaphneThe 2018 Valley Star Awards Duet Musical Group of the Year is back in the Valley lighting up the stage with their amazing performances.

On one hand there’s Dave Salyer, proclaimed by many to be the fastest guitarist in the land. He’s fiery and his guitar is explosive and brings audiences to the edge of their seats.

On the other hand is Daphne Anderson, whose elegant presence and voice — which also carries with it a splash of sass when necessary – mesmerizes her audiences.

Put them together and you run the gamut with the bold and entertaining performance of the scintillating duo Dave & Daphne, who return to the Valley beginning Feb. 8 for their eighth season.

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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 http://www.partyontheblvd.com/dog-bowl-pet-parade/. 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 www.partyontheblvd.com

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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