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The 2011 Texas Onion Fest is set for the March 26 at the Weslaco City Park, located at 300 N. Airport Drive. Food, entertainment, recipe contests, cooking demonstrations and much more is on slate, giving guests a full day of fun.
Events will kick off at noon with live music on two stages and the “lively” onion-eating contests. Fun activities will last all day with music performances on Main Stage. Los Garcia Brothers, Margarita, and a range of country, tejano and norteño groups will provide music. In addition, there will be magicians performing. Strolling acts, a mobile game theatre, laser tag, paint ball, arts and crafts and the Texas Culinary Center Kitchen will add to the excitement of the day.
Two performances by the Andalusian and Azteca dancing horses, with eight to ten riders in each group, will dance the horses to Mexican music with precision and grace. Riders will wear the traditional custom-made suede wool charro suits and rabbit skin sombreros.
One of the most popular events held each year is the onion and salsa recipe contests where culinary artists create their own onion and salsa recipes to enter into the contest. A modern, state-of-the-art kitchen will be built on site for the contest, which will be held in front of live audiences. One-half cup of onions must be used in the onion recipe contest, while one-half cup of jalapenos must be used in the salsa contest.
The Custom Class Truck & Car Show will be a part of the festivities again this year.
The Texas Onion Fest celebrates the development of the world famous Texas 1015 Onion which was developed in Weslaco at the Texas A&M University Extension Service. The name of the 1015 onion came from the suggested planting date, October 15.
Parking is available at the corner of Paseo Del Norte and Pike Blvd. and on the west side of Weslaco City Park. Handicapped parking will be inside the park. Enter at the gate along Airport Drive.
Tickets for the festival are $5 for adults. Adults may save $1 on admission by picking up tickets in advance at the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Onion Blossom Special t-shirts will be on sale for $10 at the Weslaco Visitors Center, 301 W. Railroad Street, for those who wish to commemorate their visit.
For more information, contact the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce at 968-2102.
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