Special to the Parade
Valley residents have an opportunity to cast their votes online for the child artist or writer who will win a week-long vacation to the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch in Parshall, Colorado. The online “RGV Kids Talk About Heaven” book featuring 250 entries is now available for viewing and voting. Visit www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org and click on the horses.
Online votes will help determine which children make the finals for the RGV Children’s International Arts Festival awards celebration to be held on May 3 at the Art Village on Main. Artist and McAllen Stained Glass owner Yoli Cantu will create a stained-glass rendering of the winner’s art or writing that will be unveiled on May 3. Community and business leaders who will cast their ballots to select the winner from the finalists include Mayor Richard F. Cortez, Yoli Cantu, Dr. Martin Garza, Gerry Guerra, Othal Brand, Jr., Anita Boswell, Janet Vackar, Terry Rush, Dora Brown, Melba Huber, Edna De Saro, Sharon Putegnat, Mayor Joe Vega, Bob Boggus and Dr. Gary W. Schwarz.
The online voting will continue through February 28. In addition to winning a week-long vacation at the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch for his or her family (the winner and up to four immediate family members), the winner will receive at least $1,000 to help pay for travel expenses.
Since 2008, KidsTalkAboutGod.org and their partner dude ranch owners have awarded 19 dude ranch vacations to children from the US and Canada; however, no child from the Valley has ever won. Because the festival organizers are Valley residents, they wanted to change that.
“We’re very grateful to all of our wonderful sponsors for enabling us to offer a dream vacation that will become reality for a Valley child,” said festival organizers Carey and Lisa Kinsolving.