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Celebrate 40th annual BorderFest in Hidalgo

Celebrate the Spirit of Brazil as the 40th annual BorderFest takes place in Hidalgo Mar. 4-6. Mayor Martin Cepeda addressed a press conference at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

BorderFest announced reduced admission prices this year, with tickets for adults now prices at $10 at the gate. Visitors can buy a two-day pass for just $10 if purchased in advance by March 3. A three-day pass costs $15 a person. Veterans, active duty military & National Guard get in free with ID. People who buy a ticket to one of the BorderFest concerts can use their concert ticket to get into BorderFest without buying another ticket.

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Link Union plans two RGV engagements

From the Ozark Mountains, Link Union will take guests on a journey…through the centuries, over the mountains and across the sea. Their fusion of vocals, old-time instruments and high energy creates a Folk-Rock experience like no other. Link Union is a synergy of the elements of bands such as Mumford and Sons, Alison Krause, and The Avett Brothers, creating a connection with their audience. Whether it’s ancient tunes or their original songs, they never forget where they came from and stay true to their roots.

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Johnny Ray Gomez, accordion player extraordinaire

Although he was born into a musical family, when Johnny Ray Gomez began taking accordion lessons at age 9, he hated them. But when he heard a friend play at school he was impressed and asked who his teacher was. His teacher was well known accordionist Johnny Swoboda. He begged your parents to let him take lessons from him and promised to practice one hour a day -- and the rest is history.

Gomez has been playing accordion professionally since he was 15. He had a combo called the U-Neeks that included a drummer, guitar-player and Johnny. They played high school dances. At age 21 he was selected as host of Channel 7 Dancestand in Omaha, a show that mirrored American Bandstand. The job taught him how to ad lib and keep the audience involved. He worked Dancestand for three years before moving on.

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RGV Quilt Guild Show draws over 1,000 entries

The Rio Grande Valley Guild Quilt Show put on a display that filled the South Padre Island Convention Centre to capacity for two days. Over 1,000 quilts of all sizes as well as quilted pieces such as table runners, placemats, shirts, purses, and wall hangings zig-zagged in long rows through the main room, hung on the walls far above the vendors’ booths, and were variously displayed in side rooms. Fabrics, quilting supplies, quilt designs, Singer sewing machines, and Martelli tables and non-slip cutting shapes filled various booths along with even more quilts and quilt samples to view.

The Best of Show winner was “A Primitive Garden” by Nathalie Anderson and Bernie Gee. This Wall Hanging quilt also took first place for the Wall Hanging category, and was created both by hand sewing and applique and the use of a track-mounted long arm machine. Second place in the Wall Hanging category went to Terry Davis’ “A View thru the Window,” while Lila Helm’s “Visions” took third place. “Sewing Machine Periodic Table” by  Judy Brown, and “Forest Galorest” by Shelley Bryant and Melody Mauch, took Honorable Mentions.

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4 His Glory Named Gospel Group of the Year

The Valley Star Awards, created and produced by Robert and Billie Ferguson with the assistance of the Winter Texan Times, was once again a terrific show with lots of great entertainment preceding the announcements of entertainers voted by Winter Texans to be their favorites during the winter season. The 2016 show was held Saturday, Feb. 20, at Mission Bell Resort.

Leslie Blasing was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, Unfortunately for Leslie, there was an accident on the bridge coming from South Padre Island that shut down traffic for several hours and she was unable to come. Gordy and Debbie Wensel accepted the awards for her.

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Project Martin Watch at EWBC

Spring is on the way, bringing in wildlife that are ready to nest and raise their young. This year, to help with that endeavor, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center (EWBC) has installed its first Purple Martin house in conjunction with Project Martin Watch, a citizen science program. A kick-off event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, followed by weekly monitoring starting in April.

Purple Martin Watch is a continent-wide scientific project where volunteers monitor martin nests from the beginning of nest construction until the last fledgling has left. The data collected by the Project Martin Task Force will help scientists determine the population’s reproductive success throughout its habitat range.

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  • March 23, 2017 - Valley Calendar

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