23rd Annual Texas Onion Fest Kicks Off

Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 5:46pm

The 23rd annual Texas Onion Fest kicked off in Weslaco and many residents came out to enjoy the festivities the event had to offer.

"Dancing horse show, car show, boat show, kiddie rides, you name it," said Martha Noell, Weslaco Chamber President.

The event celebrates the 1015 sweet onion that was scientifically developed by members at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in the early 80's.

"Came out here for the 1015's, we've already had the bloomin' onion and it was bloomin' good," said Bob Tretiak, Canada visitor.

Winter Texans love to come out and spend some of their last days in Texas enjoying the fest.

"Just come out here, spend the afternoon and soak up the sun. Have a few beers and just look at what's going on, great, what a great place," said Tretiak.

Noell says the fest last year brought out nearly 10,000 people.

"This is the first year we've gone to two days so we have high hopes for sunday too, so we're hoping it's more than that," said Noell.

Noell says there are around 20 food vendors providing a wide variety of food choices.

"We make sure we don't have too many of the same things, so people have a lot of choice for good eats," said Noell.

The event does make some profit, but it pretty much pays for itself.

"We spend a lot of money putting it together and advertising it and promoting Weslaco in the process."

The great food, live music and atmosphere is what brings visitors back year after year.

"We haven't been here before and we love it here, we're gonna come back," said Tretiak.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors...and $2 for children.

The fest ends Sunday at 6 PM.

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