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Winter Texans are asked to vote for their favorite entertainers who perform in the Winter Texan parks and resorts in the Rio Grande Valley.

Each year, the Winter Texan Times conducts a poll of Winter Texans, allowing them to vote for their favorite entertainers to decide who will receive top awards at the Valley Star Awards Show, which is hosted by Robert and Billie Ferguson.

A ballot listing the nominees for Entertainer or Group of the Year overall, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and eight other awards appears in the January 26 edition of the Winter Texan Times. Or use this link to the 2017 Valley Star Awards Ballot.

The other award categories include Gospel Group of the Year, Musical Group of the Year (not related), Family Vocal Group of the Year, Duet Musical Group of the Year, Rock n Roll Band of the Year, Country Western Band of the Year, Individual/Small Band/Variety Act of the Year, and Novelty or Comedy Act of the Year.

Those who fill out a ballot this year are asked to vote for someone in every category, if you are familiar with the nominees. In the past, some ballots have come in with only one category marked. Also, be sure to write in your choice for Entertainer or Group of the Year. This can be any of the individuals or groups on the ballot, from any category. This year, this award is open to groups as well as individual entertainers.

The Valley Star Awards are designed to honor the top entertainers and groups who are performing in the Rio Grande Valley this year, said Robert Ferguson. Entertainers who are not coming to the Valley this year are not eligible. The Fergusons compiled a comprehensive list of all of this year’s Winter Texan entertainers and the park activity directors voted to determine this year’s top four nominees in each category. Only the top four nominees appear on the ballot.

To vote for your favorite Valley entertainers, fill out the ballot in today’s paper and mail it to 1217 N. Conway, Mission TX 78572, or, vote using the online ballot form at www.wttrgv.com. Only one vote per person is allowed. Ballots must be received by Feb. 14, 2017 to be counted. You can also email us at survey@wintertexantimes.com to request a ballot, which you can complete and email, mail or fax back to us. Our fax number is 956-585-2304. Do not send us more than one ballot per person.

The Valley Star Awards Show will be held, Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at Mission Bell Resort, 1711 E. Bus. 83, Mission. 

The award show has a great lineup of entertainment including Bill Chrastil, Mario, Sherwin and Pam Linton, Leslie Blasing, Susan Hudson and the Edinburg Folkloric Dancers. Tickets to the Valley Star Awards Show are $15 and are available at Mission Bell Resort, (605) 610-6114; Winter Texan Times office at 1217 N. Conway Ave., Mission; or order by phone by calling (865) 253-2514.

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