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Get ready for a chance to taste some of the most delicious onions in the country at Texas Onion Fest in Weslaco, Saturday, March 28. The Texas Onion Fest celebrates the development of the Texas 1015 Onion, which was developed in 1989 by Dr. Leonard Pike at the Texas A&M University Extension Service in Weslaco.

At last year’s Onion Fest, the fried sweet onion blossoms were so popular, long lines of Winter Texans waited for a chance to taste them. In addition to the onion blossoms, there will be art and crafts vendors, food vendors, and commercial vendors. Along with the annual Onion Eating Contest, a culinary stage will feature local chefs demonstrating specialty dishes cooked with onions. There is also an annual salsa contest.

20140322 Onion-Fest KO 5943In addition there will be two performances of dancing horses at El Charro Arena and a car show at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Texas Onion Fest will debut its first official mascot, Tex the Sweet Onion, at the event.  

On Saturday, live entertainment is scheduled for both the Hermes Music Stage and the Frost Bank Stage.  Attendees will enjoy the sounds of country, Tejano and Norteño music during the day.  In the evening beginning at 6 p.m., Johnny and Nora Canales return to Texas Onion Fest to record an episode of their music variety show, bringing a lineup of fresh new Latin artists.  The Frost Bank Stage will feature the famous onion-eating contest, magician Oscar Muñoz, Donna’s Line Dancing and Sabor Vallero Latin Dance Company.

The celebration will be held at Weslaco City Park, located at 300 N. Airport Drive, with access to Expressway 83. There is limited parking at the park but nearby soccer fields are also used for parking. Handicapped parking is on the east side of the park. Admission is $5 per day. Gates open Saturday at 10 a.m. For more information call (956) 968-2102.

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