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2020122 Dave Daphne promo picShows and dances hosted by mobile home and RV parks and resorts are attended in numbers by the Winter Texans that spend their winters here in the Rio Grande Valley. The parks and resorts spend a lot of effort getting popular wintertainers to perform at their venues. Each year, the Valley Star Awards, hosted by Robert Ferguson and the Winter Texan Times, presents awards to the Rio Grande Valley’s top Winter Texan entertainers – are as we call them, “Wintertainers™.”

This year’s Valley Star Awards will be held on Wednesday, February 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mission Bell Resort. Lunch will be available from 12 to 1 p.m.
So now it’s time to vote for your favorite Wintertainers™ - and the Entertainer of the Year for 2020.

Most nominees are familiar names. Categories include Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Family Vocal Group, Vocal Group (Not related), Duet Musical Group, Band-Rock &Roll, Band-Country Western, Novelty or comedy Act, Gospel Group and Individual/Small Band Variety. And, as always, the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award.

Some of the nominees include Mario Rosales, Rusty Rierson, Kai, Curt James, Tavie Spivey, Betty Rydell, Naomi Bristow, Goldwing, Lindley Creek, Kody Norris Band, Dave & Daphne, Spittin’ Image, Maggie Mae with Danny Smith, Cruisers, Hot Rodz, Sweetwater, Jealous Heart, Castaway, Aloha Hula, Ambassadors of Grace, Absolutely Country, Definitely Gospel, and Diego & Edith.

A comprehensive list of this year’s entertainers was presented to the Rio Grande Valley Activity Directors Association, who then voted to determine the 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 online at www.wintertexantimes.com. Only one vote per person is allowed. No photocopies of the ballot are permitted. Voters must either vote online (preferred method) or fill out the ballot printed in the Winter Texan Times newspaper. Ballots must be received by February 12 to be counted.

Tickets for this year’s Valley Star Awards Show are now on sale online at www.wintertexantimes.com, by phone order at (865) 253-2514, or at any of the following locations:

Winter Texan Times – 1217 N. Conway Ave., Mission
Mission Bell Resort – (402) 640-0492
Charlene Perreault at Casa de Valle – (512) 771-9859
Karen Iannelli at Alamo Rose – (414) 761-0273