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City-of-Penitas-logoPEÑITAS—Grupo Solido is one of multiple attractions set up for the Peñitas WhiteWing Festival, scheduled for Saturday. Peñitas WhiteWing Festival’s Board President Homer Tijerina predicts this year’s event will be the largest so far.

“This will be our fourth year, but it’s our third year as a non-profit,” Tijerina said. “As soon as last year’s festival finished, we started planning for this year.”

More than 10 musical groups are set to perform throughout the event, including Country Roland Band, Grupo Atrapado, La Revancha, Revelado, Los Igualados, Grupo La Imagen, Grupo El Cuadro, Gabby Tamez, Alexis Chapa, Mariachi Los Lobos, Conjunto La Tradicion and Folklorico Ozamatli.

The board chose more of a Norteño sound for the event’s performances this year, Tijerina said. He added organizers hope to attract visitors from across the Rio Grande Valley with one of the more popular genres in the area.

“Last year we had Ram Herrera, which is more of a Tejano feel. We just wanted to change it up a bit,” Tijerina said. “We want to give back to the community … There are people visiting from Mission, Sullivan City and even Brownsville.”

The festival also will include a kiddie carnival with 13 rides, doubling the number from last year. Tijerina said a 30-foot slide and a carousel will be exciting rides for children.

Food vendors will be serving up everything from fajitas to brisket to fish tacos. Tijerina said Whataburger will have a booth as well.

Admission and parking are free to the public. No outside food or beverages are allowed. The festival will be held to the east of the Walmart on Liberty Boulevard.

Other events planned for Saturday, in part with the festival, include the IBCA Sanctioned Cook-off Competition, which will give away $2,000 in cash prizes, and a car show that will give out $500 in cash prizes.

Tijerina said there have been concerns from citizens about the weather, and if the festival would run during the scattered showers predicted for the week.

“The weather should be close to clearing up,” he said. “Rain or shine it has to go on. We just have to let the rain pass.”

For more information on the festival, call 581-3345.

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