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First Peñitas Spring Fest set for Easter weekend

The City of Peñitas is hosting the first Spring Fest in a four-day event Easter weekend. It begins Thursday, March 29, and runs through Sunday, April 1.

The family-friendly festival will be held at Expressway 83 and Liberty Blvd. in Peñitas, the same location as the annual Peñitas White Wing Festival.

City of Penitas logoSpring Fest 2018 features live music concerts on Saturday and Sunday nights, the Heart of America Carnival for four nights, a clown show and Easter egg hunt for the kids on Sunday, and food vendors.

KQBO 107.5 FM La Patrona brought the idea for the festival to the city, according to Peñitas City Manager Omar Romero.

“We were approached by 107.5,” Romero said. “They’ve been a long-time partner with us for the White Wing Festival.”

Romero said the city agreed to it, but on a trial business.

“We’re doing it as a test program to see how it goes,” Romero said. “Obviously from a city standpoint, we…told them that we’re not going to allocate the kind of money the city does when the Wing Wing Festival comes into play….”

He said the city will provide limited security and help to coordinate vendor booths, one which will be manned by the Peñitas Volunteer Fire Department to sell beverages as a fundraiser for department projects.

For the public’s musical entertainment, artists for the Saturday, March 31, concert features headliner Rigo Marroquin, along with La Mosca y su Cartel, Los Mas Romanticos, Atrapado and Christina – The Squeeze Box Girl. The concert runs from 4 to 11 p.m.

Fievre Looqa headlines the Sunday concert, which runs from 4 to 10 p.m. On stage that day will be Norteño Banda 30-30, Valde Guerra, Grupo Estruendo and La Fortaleza.

Kids will be treated to a special clown show from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. It includes an Easter egg hunt with prizes.

Heart of America Carnival arrives in town for all four days and will pull out the big guns, bringing more rides than usual. Wristbands are $20 for unlimited riding, but Thursday is Teen Night with half-price wristbands for $10. The carnival hours are 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Romero expects the Spring Fest to go well as people look for things to do on break for Easter weekend. “They’ll be looking for something to do – things as a family – and that’s something we are going to be able to provide for them,” Romero said.

He hopes people in the Valley are able to benefit from these events, and he sees it as a positive draw to bring people to the Peñitas area to personally observe where the city is heading.

“People get exposed to the area,” Romero said. “They see the streets, they see the increased construction, they see the investment the city is making into the growth, and hopefully they might decide to…come look around…. We have a lot of growth coming this way. Anything we can do to promote the city is positive.”

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should call 956-581-3345.

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