Special to the Parade
The 24th Annual Texas Onion Fest will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, at Weslaco City Park.
This year the event brings a great line up of entertainers on both days of the festival at the Magic Valley Electric Main Stage.
Saturday night’s headliner is Norteño group Solido. Originally from Rio Grande City, Solido hit the Tejano/Norteño scene in 2000. The group started out with a bang and skyrocketed into fame with their first single “Hasta la Clima del Cielo,” which remained on the charts for several months. The debut album of the same name went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Tejano Album. The following year, their second album “Nadie Como Tu” won the Grammy in the same category.
Local favorite Rene Sings Elvis will take the stage on Saturday morning, bringing Elvis Presley back to life through song and dance. Country groups County Line and Midnight Run will fill out the country set, while singer/songwriter Maria d’Luz will follow with a variety of Latin and pop music. Grupo Zereno will kick off the Tejano/Norteño set before Solido performs.
On Sunday night, Edinburg native Bobby Pulido will close out Onion Fest. Son of Tejano legend Roberto Pulido, Bobby has made a name for himself in the industry and has become a star in his own right. Since the release of his debut album “Desvelado,” Bobby has become one of the greats in Grupero/Regional Mexican music by being able to cross musical barriers on both sides of the border. This is, in part, due to his ability to speak both English and Spanish fluently, making him identifiable to a larger audience.
Sunday’s line up on the Magic Valley Electric Main Stage begins with local group B-4, bringing the sounds of golden oldies. Local Christian group CALLED will follow up, bringing a rock-infused gospel sound. Tejano groups Igualados and Zenzerro will get the crowd ready for headliner Bobby Pulido.
Texas Onion Fest celebrates the development of the world famous Sweet Texas Onion which was developed in Weslaco at the Texas A&M University Extension Service. The event features live entertainment, food demonstrations, dancing horse shows, kiddie rides, arts and crafts and more. Texas Onion Fest tickets are available for presale at the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, 275 S. Kansas. On Sunday, all children ages 12 and under get in free with the accompaniment of an adult. For more information, visit www.weslaco.com/onionfest.