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20130927 Penitas-WhiteWing-Festival 1672Crowds lined up to see Los Guadalupos, children swung in a pirate ship and a car show lined the street.

Nine-year-old Yareli Olivares, of Peñitas, climbed the rock wall with a line of children behind her, waiting their turn.

“Good job!” her mom cried out as she slipped off and was dropped carefully to the ground. Olivares immediately climbed back up again, struggling to reach the top.

It was the fourth annual Penitas WhiteWing Festival, and people came out in droves. Festival Board President Homer Tijerina estimated 8,000-10,000 people came throughout the day. That’s almost double last year, with a turnout of 5,000-6,000.

He attributed the uptick to more advertising throughout the community, as well as the bands who brought in fans.

Grupo Solido headlined the event, but other bands like Grupo La Imagen, Grupo El Cuadro, and La Revancha also performed.

Tijerina said organizers are still crunching the dollars and cents, but he hoped they at least broke even.

“The thing is we did it for the community; we did it for the surrounding communities,” he said. “Next year will be bigger and better.”

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