Harlingen to host annual Winter Texan fiesta

HARLINGEN — It’s going to be a party.

Hundreds of guests are expected to attend the city of Harlingen’s 12th annual Winter Texan Appreciation Fiesta at Casa de Amistad on Monday, Jan. 18.

“It’s another way of Harlingen saying thank you,” City Commissioner Michael Mezmar said. “They are a critical part of our economic well being.”

Mezmar will be helping hand out free T-shirts to the first 2,000 Winter Texans who attend the event.

“They (Winter Texans) volunteer in organizations, attend festivals and events,” he said. “They become a part of the community.”

The fiesta includes a business expo that will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Casa de Amistad, 1204 Fair Park Blvd.

There event is free and will feature live entertainment, a classic car show, a quilt show, food and business vendors and an art expo.

Live entertainment will be featured from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with performances by Lauren Corzine & Knox Jones and the CoZmic CowboYz Southern Rock Band.

Harlingen’s Winter Texan Flea Market also will be stationed outside from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Live music will continue in the lobby by Mariachi Sol Azteca from 11 a.m. to noon followed by a performance by the Harlingen Community Band from noon to 1 p.m.

Sweet Blessings Food Truck and PMQ Food That Rocks will be on site selling food with special rates for the Winter Texan community.

Winter Texan guests may also partake in a free train ride sponsored by Coastal Event Rentals, LLC.

Local children’s dance and music groups scheduled to perform include the Folkloric Group of Dance Community Center by Nora Estrada, followed by Ronnie’s School of Music, Long Elementary Folklorico Dance Groups and the San Benito High School Flamenco Ensemble under the direction of Jorge Mascorro.

The 12th annual Winter Texan Appreciation Fiesta is sponsored by Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce business members.