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Winter Texans enjoy Nuevo Progreso, Mexico annual celebration

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Jim and Roberta Swenson and Judy and Jerry Freitag are couples from the same city in Minnesota and came to enjoy the Winter Tourist Appreciation Day in Progreso, Mexico on March 21.

Winter Texans were the toast of Nuevo Progreso during the 42nd annual Winter Tourist Appreciation Day on March 21.
The appreciation offered by Progreso officials included the selection of a king and queen for the event, Bob and Jody Ferns, who spend the winter season at Siesta Village in Weslaco. The couple was given a pair of Mexican sombreros for crowns along with a sash each proclaiming them the 2018 Winter Texan King and Queen. A plaque and other gifts were presented along with a large bouquet of roses for Jody.

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Cyclists join GA Olympics Bike Tour

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Bernie and Pauline Loisette saw to the unloading of bicycles for the Tropic Star Bicycle Bunch group that came for the GAO Bike Tour at Bensten State Park.

There were bikes ranging from 18-speed to a few three-wheelers and everything in between, including mountain, 3-speed, balloon-tired cruisers, recumbents and folding types, in use by some 275 cyclists taking part in the Golden Age Olympics Bike Tour last month at Bentsen State Park in Mission.

The skies featured dark clouds, but no rain as the riders unloaded bikes in the parking lots and then moved to the staging area at the park entrance. Genial chatter along with some picture-taking marked the wait among the cyclists, almost all from Mid-Valley RV resorts, until the moment came to ride out across the levee and onto the park’s three-mile loop.

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Winter Texans join in Monarch Butterfly Festival

Pamela Drew handed 6-year-old Sienna Randall at spray bottle and explained to her what to do with the paper butterfly she had just designed.

“Go ahead and spray it sweetie,” she said at the Butterfly Craft Station. “Then we can get another color.”

Drew was one of dozens of volunteers helping out at the annual McAllen Monarch Festival, held Saturday, March 17 at Quinta Mazatlan. The festival celebrates the arrival of the Monarch Butterflies. There were crafts, nature presentations, butterfly garden information, music, art, food and more.

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Texas Onion Fest features top entertainment

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Dancing horses will be part of the full-day’s lineup of entertainment at this year’s Onion Fest celebration in Weslaco. The festival will be held Saturday, March 24, at Mayor Pablo City Park. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and entertainment begins at 10 a.m.

The 1015 onion, only grown in the Rio Grande Valley, has lived up to its nickname – the “Million Dollar Baby” since its inception in the early 1980s by Texans A&M horticulture professor Dr. Leonard Pike. It took 10 years of research, continual testing and a million dollars in cost to develop. The Rio Grande Valley has been celebrating one of the state’s most successful crops ever since.

The 2018 Texas Onion Fest will be held Saturday, March 24 at Mayor Pablo City Park, 300 N. Airport Road in Weslaco. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for children ages 2 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or by visiting www.weslaco.com.

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Nature lovers from across the U.S. flock to the Rio Grande

20180315 Estero Llano Grande Casey Balvert MOERING 0362One of the major attractions drawing visitors to the Rio Grande Valley is its varieties of birds and butterflies. The migration path of many of the flyers runs right through the Valley and that draws people not just from the U.S. but from many other countries in the world.

Those who come to the Valley’s World Birding Center system with its nine satellites between Roma and South Padre Island, are part of a worldwide hobby with millions of people who enjoy watching birds and recording the sightings.

There’s a lot more to this hobby than just spotting a pretty bird. Those thousands of reported sightings contribute to hundreds of conservation decisions and peer-reviewed papers, fueling thousands of student projects while also helping inform those involved worldwide in bird population research, according to the ebird.org website.

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Swing Street Band delights Winter Texans

20180315 Swing Street Big Band Dance MILLER IMG 4525Karen and Trevor Tripp moved in perfect harmony, seemingly without stress or strain as the Swing Street Band played “In the Mood.”

The couple waltzed away as Robert Comeau and his orchestra played an evening of music that covered several decades at Aladdin Villas in Mission.

“That’s why we are here, for all the dancing,” said Karen as she and Trevor took a break in between songs. “We’ll go square dancing, club dancing, social dancing – wherever there’s a dance, we’re going to try to be there.”

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Top News

  • Paradise Resort Estates raises money for charities

    20180401 Shorts Paradise Estates1Paradise Resort Estates in Pharr, held its annual Spaghetti Supper and Charity Auction on Friday, Feb. 16th.

    The resort’s Community Outreach Committee sponsored the event and proceeds are donated to local charities. This year’s proceeds totaled $7,000. Some of the items for auction included wood carvings and a… Read More +

  • Split Rail Party

    20180401 Shorts Split Rail Party1At the end of each season, the Split Rail Association at Split Rail RV Park in Mission throws a thank you party for its residents, filled with good food and entertainment. In mid-March, residents enjoyed a delicious catered lunch of grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw and all the fixins and dessert.… Read More +

  • Southern Comfort RV Park hosts Bocce tournaments

    20180401 Shorts Southern Comfort Bocce JPGSouthern Comfort RV Park, located at 1501 S Airport Dr. in Weslaco has been running bocce ball tournaments for the past couple of years. What started as one bocce tournament in the park is now up to three and signs are that the growth is going to continue.

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  • Winter Texans volunteer at Lutheran church

    20180322 El Buen Pastor IMG 5095For nearly a decade, Stan Kirschbaum and Bill White of Hidden Valley Ranch, and Ralph Freudenberg of Mission West RV Park have spearheaded projects at El Buen Pastor Lutheran Church.

    The congregation from Westminster Lutheran Fellowship at Pleasant Valley Ranch have collected money and, most recently,… Read More +

  • La Floresta holds tournament championship golf event

    20180315 LaFloresta Golf GAIL CATRON MENS CHAMPIONGail Catron, Men’s Champion

    La Floresta Park and Golf Course held its version of the PGA Championship March 5-8 with 32 men and 24 ladies competing in the annual event. La Floresta is located at 4140 La Floresta Road in Mercedes.

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  • The Power of One

    20180308 Palm Resaca Single Ladiesbest2The vitality of any Winter Texan Park is the result of the positive efforts and friendly interactions of its residents. A small core of single women in Palm Resaca Park have made a tremendous effect on helping to make the park run smoothly.

    Single women account for more than 10 percent of park residents. These women have involved themselves in leadership… Read More +

  • Mexican Whistling Ducks enjoy Palm Resaca Park

    20180301 Whistling Ducks mexicanducks2Marching single file, seemingly with purpose. They are not soldiers mustering on the parade grounds or cows heading home at feeding time. They are black-bellied whistling ducks.

    As a Winter Texan from Canada, I find the birds of Southern Texas fascinating. Dozens of Whistlers dwell along the Resaca de la Guerra that flows past our mobile home at Palm Resaca Park in… Read More +

  • Canada Day celebrated at Riverside Club

    20180306 CanadaDay Riverside GU 1889Hundreds of Canadians showed up at the Riverside Club in Mission on Tuesday, March 6 to join in the fun of the annual Canada Day celebration. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the music provided by the Riverside Club Band led by Randy Dupuis and enjoying drinks and food. They were a number of… Read More +

  • Encore brings tribute concerts to RGV resorts

    20180329 Encore Abba Fab 2676The 2017-18 Winter Texan season is fast coming to a close – and Encore is quickly giving Winter Texans some great reasons to look forward to next year.

    The management group that oversees more than 200 RV resorts in 21 states has announced five tribute bands coming… Read More +

  • Winter Texan wins onion-eating contest at Onion Fest

    20180329 Onion Fest MILLER IMG 6291Dennis Purcell immediately recognized he had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in front of him.

    His response? He danced as if nobody was watching.

    Purcell was one of just a handful of audience volunteers who were given the chance to dance along with… Read More +

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