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Winter Texan softball is a big hit

It’s been said that the USA vs Canada Softball World Series is better than the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Stanley Cup all wrapped up into one. While that may be just a bit of an exaggeration, the three-game softball series featuring Winter Texans and Valley residents ages 55 and older, each representing either the United States or Canada, can be a lot more fun to watch than any of those professional sports championships.

In its 17th year, the USA vs Canada Softball World Series is the culmination of the Senior Texan Softball League which is made up of three different leagues, each representing a different level of play. There’s the Leisure League, for the casual player, the Competitive League, for players that take their softball seriously, and the Recreational League, for players who want to play in a league more competitive than the Leisure League but not quite as intense as the Competitive League.

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Spring Powwow planned March 12

The South Texas Indian Dancers will hold their NDE DAA Spring Powwow at the Lark Community Center and Library, 2601 Lark Ave. in McAllen on March 12. The public is invited to this indoor event designed to preserve the culture of native Americans, including Indian songs and dances. The Powwow will be an all day event, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. There will be practices during the day and the Grand Entry in full costumes will be held at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Indians, from tiny tots to senior citizens, will be in full Indian regalia.

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Chimney Park residents donate to Mission Food Pantry

Al and Gail Quivey and Lloyd Burns gave a donation of $952 plus 175 food donations to the new Mission Food Pantry, located at 115 S. Mayberry Road near CWV (Catholic War Veterans) Park in Mission. Adela Ortega, Mission Food Pantry Director gladly accepted the donation.

“Our Winter Texans help the Mission Food Pantry so much when they are here from November to April. We get many food donations. The food helps us feed our families. The cash donations are used to purchase food from Foy’s Supermarket at cost to supply needed items not donated,” Ortega said.

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Canadians enjoy Riverside Club celebration

Regine and Ken, of Manitoba, Canada, took the complimentary golf-cart ride from the Riverside Club’s overflow parking to the club itself for the annual Canada Day celebration, and enjoyed the ride in the warm air. “It’s our sixth year in the Valley,” Ken said with a smile. “We’re ‘too old to be cold.’ We even have that painted on the side of our trailer.”

The warm Texas weather was the main draw for many more Canadians and other Winter Texans who came south and gathered on Canada Day at the Riverside Club in Mission, Texas.

Phil and Mary Jo Dobberfuhl, of Oconomowoc, Wis., travelled down to the Valley for the very first time, and were delighted to become Winter Texans.

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77th Rio Grande Valley Livestock show is Mar. 11-20

The 77th annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, one of the largest livestock shows in the nation, will kick off with a preview night Thursday, Mar. 10 at 4 p.m. with a $5 parking fee and free gate admission. All other days admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The carnival will be open and the Junior Santa Gertrudis Futurity will be held at 7 p.m. in the event center.

The Livestock Show officially runs from Mar. 11 through Mar. 20. Look for rodeos, concerts, agricultural exhibits, horse and cattle shows along with pigs, goats, rabbits, and other animals on display for judging. There will be a petting zoo for children. The exhibit halls will be filled with FFA and 4-H projects, antique farm equipment, specialty entertainment and a variety of vendors with items for sale. When you get hungry, you’ll find all a number of food vendors lining the fairway offering a wide variety of food, snacks and beverages. There is a beer garden for those who are tired of walking and want to relax a bit. It is a great way to spend one or more days enjoying the warm March weather in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Male Vocalist of the Year Bill Chrastil captivates audiences

Bill Chrastil, of Lincoln, Nebraska, has been performing for Winter Texans for three years. His efforts have paid off because Winter Texans voted him 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year. A beautiful voice and a high-energy show that leaves the viewer exhausted from just watching him as he jumps, dances across the stage, gives high kicks and does splits while singing the songs of popular male vocalists.

Bill has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years as a musician, singer and songwriter. He has performed in Branson, where he has received numerous awards including Best Gospel CD of the Year, Best Voice Impressionist, and Best Horizon Show of the Year, He is a member of the Nebraska and South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association.

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