D&J JourneyOn travel blog

Dave checking out the schedule of events for the Onion Festival

One of the "BarBQue" cook-off teams set up

Just a part of the crowd

Weslaco city park war memorial

the "Onion" princesses

This is what we came for-the onion blossom-sooo good

a Venezulian band played for us

one of the cooking teams t-shirts

another pretty blooming bush

a blooming tree

We all thought this was real at first site

Dorothy & Dave enjoying lunch at "El Dorado" in Alamo

Dorothy,Sonny & Dave after a wonderful meal -good friends and good food

a patch of Primroses bloomiing in our park

Well, we have decided to move up to the Texas hill country next Tuesday so this is time to get last minute things done--Like laundry, cleaning and repacking and saying last good-byes around here. On Saturday we took Dave's sister,Mabel out for her Lobster lunch and all enjoyed a great meal at Red Lobster with enough left overs for another meal. Then Dave heard about the Onion Festival in Weslaco, another town along Hwy 83 here in the Rio Grande Valley. This area is famous for Texas 1015 onions, which were named because that's the date they plant them. They are a real sweet long keeping onion and so good. So we decided to go check it out. They had a real festival going, Dancing horses, Onion Queen and princesses, 4 stages(tents) with bands playing all day and a big BarBQue cook-off contest going with lots of samples and of course we had to buy an Onion Blossom(deep-fried with ranch dressing) It was soooo good, Dave said it was even worth waiting in line 30 minutes for and I found us chairs under one of the tents and listened to bagpipe music and then a band called "ensamble la Mision" playing Venezulian music- really enjoyable and the weather was great, cloudy and breezy but warm and nice. We enjoyed the afternoon then stopped and loaded up on groceries on the way home. On Sunday we went over to Donna(another hwy 83 town) This valley is laid out all along Hwy 83 with 10 or 12 towns one after another all the way from Rio Grande City on the west to Brownsville and South Padre Island on the east. Lots of things going on in each town so you can keep as buys as you want. Anyway, Donna has a big flea market and a wonderful veggie market. We had to load up on fresh veggies and boy were they nice,got tomatoes, cukes,lettuce, cabbage, peppers, bananas, grapefruit, oranges and of course a bag of 1015 onions. Now we should be set for awhile but don't know when or where we will find these nice fresh veggies anytime soon so we sure will enjoy these as long as they last. We met up with Dorothy & Sonny from Hinckley at the veggie market and followed them to a really good mexican restaurant they knew of in Alamo called "El Dorado". It was really a nice time to visit and great food. Now home to pack all these goodies away and really get started on packing up. Found some more pretty spring time blooms to add to my pictures here. Hope you all enjoy and we'll update when we get to the hill country. Chow

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