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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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The Valley is perfect for year-round golf

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Howling TrailsAround most of the country, golf takes some time off during the wintertime. When those months reach the Rio Grande Valley, however, golf is in full swing.
Golf is a year-round sport in the Rio Grande Valley, and Winter Texans are finding plenty of time to enjoy the links.

“I love being able to play golf all year round – that and softball,” said David Clark, from Manitoba, Canada. “It especially beats the alternative – shoveling snow and staying indoors all the time.”

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Where can first-time visitors stay?

20180315 ENCORE Sunshine RV Swimming PoolMany Winter Texans come to the Rio Grande Valley because they've been here before and love the weather, the chance to get outdoors in the winter to play golf, cycle, play shuffleboard and even take a swim in the pool. Some come down because they've visited friends or family before and decided the Valley is a great place to enjoy retirement living.

Still others have come down just to check it out to see what the Valley is like and what it has to offer. But where does one stay when visiting the Valley for the first time? Not to worry, there are about 300 RV and mobile home resorts and subdivisions that cater to Winter Texans spread all across the Rio Grande Valley, from Mission to South Padre Island. And every resort and park has something to offer.

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