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Golden Age Olympics winners announced

Results of the 2016 Golden Age Olympics sponsored by the City of McAllen’s Parks and Recreation Department have been announced. Golden Olympics is an athletic completion open to all Winter Texans in the Valley.

Bake-off Winners

In the Bake-off winners of bars were first, Sharon Branson, Tip O Texas; second, June Mueller, McAllen Mobile, third Julie Pederson, McAllen Mobile. Cake winners were first, Carolyn Adams, Tip O Texas; second Barbara Porter, McAllen Mobile; third, Peggie Becker, Tip O Texas.

Winners of the cookie competition were first, Ruby Insell, Tip O Texas; second, Sandy Lammers, McAllen Mobile, third, Beverly Oby, McAllen Mobile. Cupcake winners were P. Nenette McHenry, independent; second, Beverly Oby, McAllen Mobile; third, Ruby Insell, Tip O Texas.

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It’s time to say farewell

Another season is drawing to a close and the excitement of having so many warm and friendly people staying among us and taking part in the many concerts, festivals and special events for Winter Texans is ending. Although the roads are more crowded and restaurants busier when Winter Texans are here, it seems as though something is missing when they leave.

The style shows, the picnics, and other special events planned for Winter Texans, the reunions where they get together with people who had similar vocations, who are from the same location, or who support the same home sports teams are coming to an end. Theses events keep me hopping and I enjoy them and am often mistaken for a Winter Texan myself, though I’ve lived in the Valley 45 years.

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Golden Age Olympics Horseshoes: It’s like a family reunion

Horseshoe pitching can be a serious sport with leagues, tournaments, and world championships for players of all levels, but at the Golden Age Olympics horseshoes competition held at Tropic Star RV Park Winter Texans gathered to just have fun.

Georgia Burke, who won first place in Category B, the class for those who pitch a 40 percent or higher average, is a world tournament player. Georgia, along with four other Winter Texans from Oklahoma, is part of Oklahoma’s Hall of Fame in the National Horseshoe Pitching Association (NHPA).

“I pitched horseshoes since I was a little bitty kid with my grandpa in the backyard,” Georgia said with a smile. “Twenty, twenty-five years ago, I started pitching in the League. I’ve gone to thirteen world tournaments, and that’s since I retired; only went one time before I retired. What I like best about horseshoe pitching is the competition and meeting people. I have friends from all over the United States, Canada, South Africa, Norway. When we go to the world tournament, it’s like a family reunion; we see all the people we met last year.”

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Bit O’ Heaven has Mardi Gras costume dance

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, residents of Bit O’ Heaven RV Park in Donna celebrated Fat Tuesday with a costumed dance. Many residents were dressed up in costumes, from traditional Mardi Gras clown or jester costumes to other colorful characters.

There were costumes from the Colonial era, leprechauns, kings and queens, waitresses serving drinks, and ladies looking like genies just released from their bottles, and other colorful garb. Many residents had fancy masks or colorful bow ties or other items that go with Mardi Gras celebrations. Gold, green and purple beads were passed out to party participants.

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Bicycle club, quilters honor WWII Veterans

As flag after flag was retired by flame, as tradition goes, tenants at the W & I Resort stood proudly and looked on as new flags fluttered in the wind.

Saturday, Feb. 26, the W & I Resort’s Bicycle Club had its flag retirement ceremony for the second year in a row. The ceremony this year honored the resort’s retired World War II veterans, Cecil Massie, Willis Boynton, Barnie Mossburg and Bob Schawb, who sat in the front row with their wives and were saluted by the many other veterans living in the community.

Garry Davidson, a 77-year-old from Miami, Oklahoma, who spent eight years in the Army Reserves, organized the event both this year and last.

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Livestock Show offers many adventures for Winter Texans

The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show is always filled with fun things to do and many Winter Texans go year after year. But this year when the Winter Texan Times visited, many of the Winter Texans interviewed had never been to the livestock show before. To them it was a new experience that they were enjoying immensely.

The first stop the I made was to the antique farm equipment barn. There Dennis Duke, a blacksmith from Jamaica, Iowa, had a setup where he was heating metal and making what appeared to be metal parts for a wagon or buggy. He was attracting many visitors who watched him form the hot metal into pieces that could possible be used on some of the antique farm equipment. Another live display included rope making.

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