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Mega Winter Texan Fiesta this weekend

Winter Texans, get ready for a fun-filled weekend in Mission as the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce honors Winter Texans during the Mega Winter Texan Fiesta to be held Friday and Saturday Feb. 12-13. The two-day celebration includes a golf tournament, a Mexican Artesans’ Market and the ever-popular live entertainment by some of the Valley’s best Wintertainers™ on Saturday.

 The fiesta kicks off Friday at 8 a.m. with a special event for golfers to be held at the Shary Municipal Golf Course. “Fiesta on the Greens” includes a six-person Texas Scramble. For an 18-hole division, the cost is $40, which includes food and beverage. Payments must be made at the time of sign-up. All Shary Golf Course and GoMission Deal card members will receive a discount. For more information about the tournament, call 956-580-8770.

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CrossStrung performs their last season in RGV

CrossStrung, one of the hottest groups to perform in recent years in the Rio Grande Valley, will be returning this year for a limited engagement. They were named best Bluegrass Band in the RGV in 2014, and have been nominated for the 2016 Valley Star Awards Family Musical Group of the Year. They were also winners of a National Family Talent Search.

Leah Cluff, now 21 years old, started playing violin at age 7 and discovered Celtic music at age 14.

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Chisholm Trail Festival pays tribute to important part of RGV History

The fourth annual Chisholm Trail Festival created by the City of Donna honors Chisholm Trail rider Col. Pete Preston Ackley, an Illinois native who lived in Donna from 1858 to 1940. The two-day event will kick off with a Chisholm Trail Round-up Dinner and Dance on Friday, Feb. 12 followed by a full day of events Saturday. A 5K Run begins the Saturday, Feb. 13 line-up of events, followed by the Chisholm Trail Cook-off, a parade, gunfighter performances, food vendors and free live entertainment all afternoon and evening.

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Museum announces winners of quilt show

Winners of the annual Mission Quilt Show held in January by the Mission Historical Museum were announced at an awards ceremony held Friday, Feb. 5 along with a special “Turning of the Quilts” program.

In the Wall Hanging Division first place was awarded to Gerald Brauer’s “Star Burst.” Second place went to Jane Pronovost’s “Joel’s Quilt.” Pronovost said the information stating she went to a graphic artist to make the pattern was wrong. The quilt was made from a design for the band “Weems” and it was their leader who went to the graphic artist to create the design. Pronovost simply blew up the design and made it larger to use on the quilt.

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Winter Texans’ favorite golf courses named

Golf is a favorite pastime for many Winter Texans while wintering in the Rio Grande Valley. With dozens of golf courses all across the Valley, Winter Texans have a wide array of courses to enjoy, and each course has its challenges and beauty. Most courses offer beautiful tropical scenes of lush green fairways lined with palm trees, as well as special features designed to enhance the beauty of a particular hole or water element. Of course, one of the things Winter Texans enjoy most is the mild winter weather that allows duffers to play all winter long.

The Winter Texan Times recently completed the second annual poll of Winter Texan golfers, allowing them to vote for their favorite golf courses. A ballot listing the top golf courses in the Upper Valley, Mid-Valley and Lower Valley was published in the Winter Texan Times as well as online at www.wttrgv.com, allowing our readers to pick their favorites. And the winners are….

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Vote for 2016 Valley Star Awards

It is time again to select Winter Texans’ favorite entertainers for the 2016 Valley Star Awards. This year’s ballot is in this week’s edition of the Winter Texan Times on page 8. Choose to use the ballot in today’s paper and mail it to 1217 N. Conway, Mission TX 78572, or, vote online at www.wttrgv.com. Ballots must be received by Feb. 16 to be counted.

Nominees for Male Vocalist of the Year are John Sager, Mario, Bill Chrastil and J.C. Harrisson. Female Vocalist of the Year nominees are Susan Hudson Carman, Leslie Blasing, Ruthi and Maggie Mae.

Family Musical Group nominees are Lindley Creek, CrossStrung, Southern Anthem and Goldwing Express. Non-related Musical Group of the Year nominees include Razz Ma Tazz, Men of A-Chord, Sweet Adelines and Senior Ambassadors.

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