Texas Onion Fest Celebrates 30 Years

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The 30th Annual Texas Onion Fest is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at Mayor Pablo Peña City Park, celebrating a milestone year as Weslaco’s trademark event.

Texas Onion Fest celebrates the development of the world famous Sweet Texas Onion which was developed in Weslaco at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  Originally called the 1015 onion, the name came from the suggested planting date, October 15.  The festival brings the community together for a fun filled day of live music, dancing horses, free kiddie rides, onion eating contest, cooking demonstrations and so much more.  The festival is just one of the many attractions Weslaco has to offer, and reminds the community of Weslaco’s agricultural achievement.

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Texas Onion Fest’s milestone anniversary lands on another milestone year for the community, Weslaco’s 100th birthday. The Weslaco 100 Committee has been busy planning the festivities that take place all year, leading up to the big celebration in December.

“It’s so meaningful to be celebrating not one, but two milestones for Weslaco this year,” remarked Laura Espinoza, Marketing Director for the Weslaco Chamber. “Texas Onion Fest is just one of the many things that makes Weslaco special and we can’t wait for everyone to come enjoy the festival.”

This year, Texas Onion Fest will have a guest speaker talking about Dr. Leonard Pike and his contribution to the agriculture industry .

“We’ll be featuring a guest presenter from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service,” adds Espinoza. “We’re excited to highlight the very reason we celebrate Texas Onion Fest. I know our guests will enjoy learning about Dr. Pike’s legacy as well.”

On Saturday, live entertainment is scheduled all day.  Attendees will enjoy the sounds of country, oldies, and salsa music during the day.  In the evening, attendees can enjoy crowd favorite Bo Garza and Texas Dezire and tribute band Siempre Selena.

Admission for adults is $6, $4 for children.  Ages 3 and under get in free.  For more information, contact the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce at 956-968-2102 or visit http://www.weslaco/onionfest

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