Category Archives: Recreation & Tourism

Onion Fest Receives State Recognition

Texas Onion Fest Committee Chair Daryl Smith, Weslaco Chamber Marketing Director Laura Espinoza, Liz Gonzalez and Weslaco Chamber President/CEO Doug Croft display the festival's awards from TFEA. (photo Weslaco Chamber)

Weslaco Chamber garners multiple awards from TFEA The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of seven marketing awards from the Texas Festivals and Events Association for their promotion of Texas Onion Fest. TFEA awards the marketing efforts of events and festivals across the state. CEO/Chamber President Doug Croft attended the TFEA annual conference in Fort Worth July 27-29, where he accepted the awards. Texas Onion Fest is in…

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Digital Beach Bums Promote the Island 

Jerry Wilson updates a Facebook page from his home office. (VBR)

Live web cams attract valuable audience A video of a large alligator cruising near the Laguna Madre shoreline on South Padre Island generated more than 70,000 online views in three days. That’s as good as gold for Jerry and Jackie Wilson, owners of South Padre Network, a digital business the Wilsons operate from their home. The Wilsons posted the alligator video, captured by their web cam at Sea Turtle Inc. on Facebook. The…

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Vargas becomes Certified Tourism Executive

Weslaco Visitor Center director Jason Vargas recently earned Tourism Executive certification. (photo Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce)

Weslaco Visitor Center director receives state certification Weslaco Visitor Center Director Jason Vargas recently completed the Travel & Tourism College program, earning the designation of “Certified Tourism Executive.” Each summer, travel and tourism professionals from across the West and Southwest U.S. convene in Bastrop, Texas, for a seven-day intensive curriculum. The program includes travel and tourism marketing, management, and leadership courses. The CTE designation is earned after completion of a…

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Bait and Fishing Business a Life Source

The landscape will tell you that you are in a different place. Bait shops and bait stores, cabins, homes and apartments for rent – during the summer in most fishing cities — but here in Arroyo City, the weather is great for fishing year round. Fishing is the lifeblood of this town. Seated along the Arroyo Colorado, this similar-named city is all about fishing – and you’re almost a stone’s…

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Golf Tournament Harlingen Chamber May 12

golf Tournament to benefit Marine Military Academy The Harlingen Chamber of Commerce hosts its 16th annual Golf Tournament May 12 with partial proceeds benefiting Marine Military Academy. Open to both chamber members and non-members, the tournament takes place at the Harlingen Country Club, 5500 El Camino Real. It includes an 18-hole scramble, lunch and dinner provided by Harlingen Country Club, as well as an awards ceremony. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and…

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