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Winter Texan Times giving away 500 Killer Bees tickets

The Winter Texan Times and the RGV Killer Bees are partnering to host Winter Texan Night, Friday, Feb. 13, for that night’s hockey game. The Times is giving away 500 free tickets for the game and all the excitement that night designed for Winter Texans, as the RGV Killer Bees face the Lone Star Brahmas.

For a chance to win a four-pack of Killer Bees tickets for Feb. 13, CLICK HERE.  Entry deadline is Feb. 6. Only one entry per household is permitted.

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Gordy & Debbie bring Mickey Gilley for orphanage benefit concert

Mark your calendars for February 3, when one of the former biggest names in Country Music comes to the Rio Grande Valley to do a benefit for Children’s Haven International (CHI) at the request of Gordy and Debbie Wensel. For the past several years Gordy and Debbie have held benefits to help CHI, an orphanage and school in Reynosa.

But this year they are bringing Mickey Gilley, a well-known country western and pop star, who owns his own theater in Branson, to help raise funds for expansion of the school at CHI.

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Second Entertainers Showcase attracts more talented performers

The amount of new talent seeking to work in the Rio Grande Valley next season is phenomenal. People came from Branson, Mo., several places in Tennessee, Ohio, Oklahoma, and other parts of Texas to demonstrate their talents to the activity directors in the two Entertainers Showcases held this year. The first was held Jan. 8 in Harlingen. The second took place at Mission Bell on Jan. 15. Some were completely new, while others were performers who have been entertaining in the Valley but are seeking additional bookings this year and next.

The Winter Texan Times watched each performance and also spoke with a number of activity directors, asking them which acts would play well in their parks.

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Santa Maria Bullring features largest bulls ever

Santa Maria Bullring will set a new record during the bullfight to be held this Sunday, Jan. 25, as the event will feature the largest bulls ever to perform at a bullfight in the United States.

“Never before in history have bulls of this size been presented in the U.S.A.,” said bullring owner and former matador Fred Renk.

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Texas Citrus Fiesta events now in full swing

A week filled with celebrations will take place as the Texas Citrus Fiesta gets underway in Mission. The fun starts Saturday when the Royal Reception is held and Queen Citrianna LXXIII and the members of the Royal Court are introduced along with the girls vying to be the Queen Citrianna LXXIX. All will be wearing their ball gown for the first time.

The girls vying for queen will be introduced by their title, “Duchess of Ruby Red Grapefruit,” They will not give their names.

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Rising Star Revue features new talent

The Valley’s first Rising Star Revue, hosted by Robert Ferguson, was held Saturday, Jan.10. The show featured six of the best new groups taking part in this year’s Entertainer Showcases, allowing Winter Texans to get a taste of the new entertainment that is coming to the Rio Grande Valley.

Mario Rosales, who substituted for one of the stars listed on the preview, was a great pick because he received a standing ovation at the end of his performance. Mario is from Branson, Mo. and does a tribute show to Rodney Dangerfield there along with performing as a singer.

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Professional Bull Riding coming to Livestock Show arena

Get ready, bull Riding fans, as the “The Hottest Eight Seconds of 2015” comes back to Mercedes. It’s bigger and better than ever, say the show promoters. The National Professional Bull Riders are bringing some of the nation’s top bull riders to town for a two-day event on Jan. 24-25 at the RGV Livestock Show Arena in Mercedes.

Approximately 35 top cowboys will compete for an average of $14,000 in money and prizes. This includes a chance to win one of three $600 Monsoon-Frontier Champion Trophy Buckles and a sack full of money. The National Professional Bull Riders (NPBR) not only attracts bull riders from Texas and the surrounding states but also from Mexico, Brazil and Australia.

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Texas Citrus Fiesta Product Costume Show is unique tradition

This year’s Texas Citrus Fiesta events kick off Saturday, Jan. 17 with the Product Style Show, one of the most unique style shows ever developed in the United States. It is said to be the only original style show of its type in the country.

The theme for this year’s Fiesta and style show is Old Time Rock & Roll, based on the music of the 50s and 60s. The style show will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at the Mission Community Center, 1420 E. Kika De la Garza Loop, Mission.

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Museum honors Cleo Dawson, Mission pioneer

The Mission Historical Museum presents “Mission Historical Icon: The Life of Dr. Cleo Dawson-Smith” Friday, Jan. 30, for a presentation of a historical figure by the people who shared her life and friendship. 

Cleo Dawson came to South Texas as a small child in a covered wagon. With her family she helped to build a town beside the railroad where a trail from the Rio Grande crossed the track, a town that had recently been named Mission. This was back in the very early 1900's when Mission was still a frontier town, before it was incorporated into a city.

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Lone Star Jubilee brings new talent to RGV

Get ready to enjoy another entertaining Branson show as the Lone Star Jubilee makes its annual swing through Rio Grande Valley, adding popular musician, singer and award-winning songwriter Jaydee Miller and well-known bass singer David Little to this year’s cast of performers.

Of course, The Texans, who produce the show, will be back with Sam and Brenda Ray and their son Curtis. The Texans were twice voted Branson’s Entertainers of the Year and four times they were selected as Branson’s Group of the Year.

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Matador Cesar Castaneda opens bullfight season

Star matador Cesar Castaneda, who is now ranked fourth in Mexico, will head the card when Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria presents its winter season bloodless bullfight opener Sunday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.

Casteneda will be facing the largest Spanish fighting bulls ever to be presented in the United States. The bulls are of Iberian descent and weigh in at 500 plus kilos (over 1100 pounds).

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Winter Texan Night

32nd Golden Age Olympics underway in McAllen

The 30th annual Golden Olympics has begun under the guidance of the McAllen Parks and Recreation Department. The event started in 1983 with competition in three events and has grown to include over 30 events. Competition is limited to men and women over the age of 50.

Golden Age Olympics includes a wide range of competitive events for seniors, including shuffleboard, petanque, swimming events, race walk, tennis, bowling, darts, washers, mini-golf, poker, cribbage, bridge, euchre, billiards 8-ball, 9-ball, disc golf, fishing derby and more. Different events are offered each week now through mid-March.

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Square dancing going strong

“Swing your partner, Do-si-do!”

The words of square dance callers can be heard throughout the Rio Grande Valley as the peak of the winter season gets underway. With the full line-up of square dance opportunities available it is no wonder McAllen is considered “The Square Dance Capital of the World.” While the square dance jamboree that was once a custom in the Rio Grande Valley is no longer, there is still plenty of square dancing taking place at resorts all across the Rio Grande Valley.

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Ninth Annual Mission Quilt Show opens Jan. 10

Mission Historical Museum will be opening the Ninth Annual Mission Quilt Show, sponsored by the Winter Texan Times, on Saturday, Jan. 10. The quilts will be displayed in the museum annex at 200 E. Tom Landry, located next door to the museum’s main building.

Entries to be displayed represent six categories: Hand-quilted bed quilts; Machine-quilted bed quilts; Mixed media (quilted items which incorporate non-traditional materials); Wall Hangings; Wearable Art; and Miscellaneous (decorative or utilitarian items).

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Elvis Festival is Jan. 10 in Los Fresnos

Elvis fans get ready. The annual Elvis Festival at Little Graceland, 701 Ocean Blvd., in Los Fresnos will be held Jan. 10. Elvis was born Jan. 8, 1935 and the festival is held each year on the Saturday closest to his birthday.

The event is sponsored by Simon Vega, who served in the Army with Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n Roll. They served together at Fort Hood and again in Friedburg, Germany. It was while they were serving together in Germany they became friends, says Vega.

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Winter Texans have $710 million impact on Valley economy

According to the bi-annual survey conducted by the University of Texas-Pan American, Winter Texans who spent the winter season in the RGV in 2013-2014 contributed $710 million to the economy of the Rio Grande Valley during their stay. There were an estimated 99,500 Winter Texans in the Valley during the season.

The survey was conducted with the assistance of the Winter Texan Times and its publisher, Jim Brunson, who published and promoted the survey, and Dr. Teofilo Ozuna, Dean of the College of Business Administration. Dr. Penny M. Simpson D.B.A. compiled the data.

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Gladys Porter Zoo has two new attractions

The Gladys Porter Zoo has two new attractions that will be on interest to visitors. The first is the new Russell Aquatics Center with 28 exhibits of marine life found in the resacas, Rio Grande River and Gulf of Mexico.

According to Public Relations Assistant Arianna Barrera, the biggest attraction to this building is the interactive Stingray Touch Tank where children (of all ages) can actually reach into the tanks and feel the stingrays. The tank is large and it is fun to watch these funny looking sea creatures that seem to have a smile on their backs zipping back and forth in the tank to the delight of all.

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Swing Street plays Big Band style

Founded in the mid-1990’s, the RGV Swing Street Big Band as it is now known, was called The Society for the Preservation of Big Band Music. Players from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois joined together and pooled music they brought from home for the band. Some members created crafted music stands from plywood and painted them white with the band name in blue on the front. Because their target was the Winter Texan audience, the season ran from mid-December to mid-March.

When Bob Comeau took over the band 2013, he made some major changes. The old music was donated to a service club so that the band selections could be upgraded. Music is now ordered from a gentleman in Grand Rapids, Mich. who owns a library of music with over 14,000 arrangements that can be emailed to the band.

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McAllen International Travel Show is Jan. 7-8

The annual McAllen International Travel Show will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 7-8, at the McAllen Convention Center on Ware Road. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

The show will offer a variety of vendors displaying opportunities for travel adventures for Winter Texans both in the Rio Grande Valley and while they are in route back north to their homes. There will also be opportunities for foreign adventures through travel companies attending the show.

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Top News

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    Editor’s Note: Virginia was a valued member of the Winter Texan Times for 13 years. We express our condolences to Virginia’s family. She will be missed by us and the Winter Texan community.

    Virginia Sunderman, 95, of Lake Katrine, died Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at her home. A native of Huntington, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Forrest and Effie Couch Lamb.

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  • Mission Accomplished!

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    Mission, TX- It was a mission accomplished. For the first time ever, the City of Mission was named an All-America City on June 23, 2019 at the 70th annual All-America City awards in Denver.

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