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Weslaco Chamber of Commerce
Texas Onion Fest, hosted by the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, marks its 28th year this year.
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Entertainment will include cooking demonstrations, a dancing horse show, an onion eating contest, recipe contests and a magician.
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Families are encouraged to join the fun.
Spring brings with it beautiful bounties of spectacular flowers of different colors, and equally beautiful and delicious produce. In Weslaco, this celebration is connected to one vegetable — the sweet Texas onion. This year, Texas Onion Fest, hosted by the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, will be marking its 28th year.
The fest is held to observe Dr. Leonard Pike’s development of the onion at the Texas A&M University Extension Center in Weslaco. The event welcomes all visitors and will have something for everyone.
Laura Espinoza Marketing Director from the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, said the one-day event will feature two stages with live entertainment. This entertainment will include cooking demonstrations, a dancing horse show, an onion eating contest, recipe contests and a magician.
Families are encouraged to join the fun taking place at Mayor Pablo G. Peña City Park in Weslaco on Saturday, March 25. Longtime Onion Fest Committee Chair Daryl Smith of the Smith Security Group leads the committee, which is made up of 30 volunteers. Smith is eager to build on the record attendance they had in the 2016 event.
featured at the Onion Fest are pageant winners, including Miss Weslaco, Little Miss Weslaco, Miss Onion Blossom and Miss Spring Sweet. The crowned pageant winners help during the event by presenting some of the day’s activities. Keep an eye out for Tex, the Sweet Onion mascot, who will be making the rounds at the festival for the third year in a row.
Vendors will also be on hand selling foods of all kinds, including BBQ, burgers and the iconic batter fried onion blossom. The Onion Fest will also open its doors to food trucks this year.
For more information, including prices and event lineup, visit the City of Weslaco’s webpage at www.weslaco.com.
By Mary Ann Escamilla
Photos: please credit the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce