Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce: Onion Fest Wrap Up

Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce

Contact: Laura Espinoza/Martha Noell

Address:  301 W. Railroad.
Weslaco, TX 78596
Phone: 956-968-2102
Fax:       956-968-6451
Website: www.weslaco.com

March 29, 2011

Food, Fun, and Music at Weslaco's 22nd Annual Onion Fest

WESLACO - Weslaco's 22nd Annual Onion Fest proved to be another
success with record numbers that came out to the City Park on
Saturday, March 26.  Local food vendors, businesses, and all types of
entertainers were featured at the event.  People of all ages showed up
early to get a head start on all the different attractions and
features, which included vendor booths, contests, and carnival rides
for the children.

The day's event kicked off with the Weslaco High School Mariachi
Pantera on the MVEC Texas stage and Country Shades in our Cool Spot
Mini Stage, sponsored by Shah Eye Center.

The Inter National Bank Arts and Crafts tent highlighted local vendors
with a variety of handmade items and products.  The tent was an
immediate attraction as guests filed in to peruse everything from
purses to scented candles.  Games and activities were available for
children at the South Texas College Kid Zone, while the Knapp Medical
Center Pavilion provided health tests and information.

Back at the main stage, Rene Sings Elvis performed all of the King's
hits, and much like the original Elvis, made the ladies swoon.
Country groups Buck 'N Crazy and George & the Texas Outlaws rounded
out the afternoon's entertainment.

The AEP Texas Culinary Stage held cooking demonstrations, featuring
chefs from H-E-B, Jose's Cafecito, Milano's and Pimiento's.  After the
demos, both amateur and professional cooks competed in the H-E-B
Recipe and Salsa contests.

Rancho Caballo de Pura Raza Azteca performed at the Stoneridge Charro
Arena, entertaining the crowd with Azteca and Andulasia horses dancing
to mariachi music.  In a nearby parking area, the Show & Shine Car
Show featured local car enthusiasts and their vehicles.

The sounds of Tejano music topped off the day's entertainment,
beginning with Marlissa Vela, Grupo Vidal and headliner Jimmy Gonzalez
y Mazz.  Emceeing the event were local funnymen and DJ's La Clicka
from Que Pasa 99.5 keeping the crowd laughing in between sets.  The
main stage area quickly filled with local fans enjoying and dancing to
the music.  Longtime fans of Grupo Mazz were treated to old favorites
as Jimmy Gonzalez played both recent and past hits.

Overall, this year's Onion Fest was another fun-filled and exciting
affair, and would not have been possible without the help of all our
sponsors and volunteers.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the
event a success, as well as everyone who attended.

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