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Borderfest is one of the longest-standing events in South Texas and each year celebrates a different country. Borderfest 2018 will celebrate all things Spain from Friday through Sunday, March 2-4 on the grounds of and inside State Farm Arena.

Spanish food and music, a bloodless bullfight, the annual parade and the carnival are just a glimpse into the activities of the 42nd annual event.

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For the Winter Texans, not only will there be all things Spain, but there will also be some familiar names performing at the State Farm Pavilion. The midday lineup on Saturday includes Vance Greek at noon, 4 His Glory at 1 p.m., Regan James at 2 p.m., Greg Jones at 3 p.m. and Curt James at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, 14-year-old Kelli Marie opens the midday lineup at noon, followed by Southern Anthem at 1 p.m., The Classic Band at 2 p.m. and Raices 2 Mariachi.

4 His Glory was recently named Gospel Group of the Year at the Valley Star Awards while Southern Anthem was named Family Musical Group of the Year for 2018.

Among the events inside the State Farm Arena will be a bloodless bullfight on Sunday, March 4 featuring world-class matadors Manolo Martinez Jr. and Michelito Lagravere.

The “Abrazo” – and ensuing Square Dance in Reynosa – officially kicks off the event where the mayors of Hidalgo and Reynosa meet on the International Bridge and embrace as a sign of peace and cooperation.

The event begins at 9 a.m. There will be a celebration after with lunch, drinks and souvenirs. The Zaragoza Market will be open for shopping and there will of course be mariachis and more. The celebration will be held at the UETA Duty Free store next to the bridge in Hidalgo.

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The annual Budweiser Grand Parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday on State Highway 336 in Hidalgo.

Festival tickets are $12 for adults 13 and older, a three-day pre-sale pass is $15 and a two-day pre-sale pass is $10. Veterans, Active Duty Military and National Guard get in for free with identification and children 3 years old and younger also get in for free.

Tickets are available at State Farm Arena, Hidalgo City Hall and all Boot Jack Locations. For more information visit

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