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The seventh annual Rio Grande Valley Music Festival will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 20. The festival will be held at the RGV Livestock Showgrounds, 1000 N. Texas Ave. in Mercedes

This non-profit event is organized each year by music professionals and Winter Texans who donate their time for supporting music education programs for youth in the Rio Grande Valley school districts. Approximately $13,000 was donated in 2010, according to festival organizers.

Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Admission is $8 per day, per adult, or $25 for a 5-day pass. Children under 12 get in free and parking is free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at jams and other events, on the RGVMF website or at the gate. Biscuits and gravy will be served daily from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be food concessions along with arts and craft booths.

The music begins promptly at 9 a.m. Bring lawn chairs and plan to spend the day enjoying music at one of the five covered stages. Or bring instruments and enjoy playing with other jammers in the two jammer’s tents. There will be limited open mic times available on all stages.

Throughout the week, visitors have an opportunity to enjoy many kinds of music including country, bluegrass and gospel. Visitors will also be entertained by mariachi and folkloric dance shows performed by school children in the Valley. On Sunday visitors can enjoy a gospel jam from 9 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 is Veterans and First Responder’s Day. A free breakfast will be offered to all Veterans and first responders. A special tribute will be held on Wednesday from 10 to 10:30.

For all full lineup of entertainers and more information, see the website at www.rgvmf.com or call 956-373-0130. Come out and enjoy at the festival.

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