The Valley Star Awards Show will be held at Victoria Palms Resort on Saturday, Feb. 25. The awards program hosted by Robert Ferguson will honor the “cream of the crop”of entertainers who make the winters more fun by performing in many Winter Texan resorts. Awards will be presented for individuals, groups and bands voted as best in their categories by park activity directors.
Nomination forms were distributed in November and December to activity directors. Twenty-nine parks returned the forms with their nominations. The nominations were tallied and the three highest entertainers in each category were put on a ballot slip and distributed to the parks participating. The ballots were returned to Victoria Palms Resort Feb. 1 and counted by a group of three people. From those results, favorite entertainers were chosen in 12 different categories.
Nominated for male vocalist were Ralph Kuster, Rolando Reyes and John Sager.
Female vocalist nominees were Susan Hudson Carman, Cindy Renee, Rainy Mandell and Ruthi.
Nominees for Family Musical Groups were Goldwing Express, The Link Family and Redhead Express.
Nominees for musical groups that are not related included Aloha in Texas, Boxcar Bob, Cactus Willie & the Drifter and From the Heartland.
In the musical duet or trio category, nominees were Bernie & Red, Jay & Tammy, Freddie & Sheila Pelletier and Gordy & Debbie Wensel.
In the rock and roll band category nominees were The Agency, Ralph & the Cruisers, and Renaissance Rockers.
The nominees for country western band were Jealous Heart, Sweetwater and Travis Country.
Big Band Sound nominees were the Bobby Layne Orchestra and Swing Street Big Band.
Nominees for comedy shows were Bernie & Red, Gary Crain, and Auntie Kreamsaugen.
Novelty act nominees were Rich Bellert, Mike Bliss and Kristine Stout (handbells).
Gospel group nominees were Deep River Boys, Link Family and Punches Family.
The award for Entertainer of the Year will go to the entertainer or group who receives the most votes in any one category.
The Valley Star Awards Show is planned for Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. The doors will open at 4:45 p.m. Sandwiches and concessions will be available before the show and during the breaks. Six entertainers will perform between award presentations. They are Auntie Kreamsaugen, Wally Barbee, Jerry Bennett, Mike Bliss, Gordy & Debbie and Link Family.
Tickets for the show are $10 and may be purchased at the Victoria Palms Resort activities office Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., or by telephone with a credit card. For more information, call 956-782-3263.