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Register to Win 2 Free Tickets to McAllen Blues Night!!

Valley Keyboards is offering YOU the chance to win 2 FREE TICKETS to McAllen Blues Night!

When: Friday, June 27, 2014 @ 7:00pm

Where: At the McAllen Creative Incubator located on 601 N. Main st. McAllen, TX

Admission: $25 per ticket- available at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce & McAllen Creative Incubator

CLICK HERE to register for a chance to win between now and June 20, 2014

Check out the flyer: docs/2014 blues night flyer1.pdf

McAllen: Tacky Tourist Fly Away Contest

Need a quick getaway? Have you always wanted to visit California? Do you like free stuff? This is your chance to win 2 round trip tickets to Los Angeles California and hotel accomodations for 3 nights at the Allegiant Partner Hotel! 

Enter the "Tacky Tourist" Contest by listening for the Allegiant Air Mix FM "now boarding" sounder Mon-Sun 6am-11pm or register on site at the McAllen International Airport June 5th between 6am-11am with Mix Morning Show. 
BONUS ENTRY: Arrive dressed as a "Tacky Tourist" and receive a second entry to the contest.

Winners depart June 5th, 2014 to arrive at LAX at 12:05 pm, returning Sunday June 8th from LAX at 6:30 am to McAllen Miller International Airport. They also receive a short term parking pass from McAllen International Airport. You must be present to win with your bags packedand ready to board flight on June 5th. Don't forget to bring appropriate identification for the flight. firstpg 



Participe y Gane! Esta es una buena oportunidad para sorprendar a su enamorado o enamorada en el  dia de San Valentin 2014. Solo necesita llenar la solicitud con sus datos. El ganador obtendrá un  fin de semana en uno de los hoteles participantes de McAllen, habra varios ganadores. Esta promocion se termina el 07 de Febrero del  2014

Para ser considerado ganador(a) en este concurso, necesita ser Mexicano y tenar 18 años o mas.

Registrese en:

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We're on the Ballot!!!!

ConventionSouth resized 600We need everyone to vote!  McAllen Convention and Visitor's Bureau is on the ballot for ConventionSouth magazine Reader's Choice Award.  We earned our spot with your votes, now it's time to take home the prize!  This is a wonderful oppurtunity to showcase our beautiful city and those who work hard to keep bringing attention to our area.  Winners will be announced October 18th and will be featured in the December 2013 issue, showcasing their achievemnts.  Voting ends on October 14, 2013 so please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!!!


CLick the link and place your vote:



Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest Coming to a Close!

Photo Contest2  As we prepare to close out the summer, the Valley Land Fund, Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo contest is also coming to an end.  All submissions must be recieved by July 31st.  We wish all of our youngsters luck with their submissions and we hope they have enjoyed learning about photography and nature.


Click the link below for more details:


McAllen y el Valle del Rio Grande son unos de los lugares principales para la observación de aves, con un clima cálido y una gran variedad de especies de aves, es perfecto para todos.

Si usted es un ávido observador de aves o si apenas esta comenzando como un hobby, nos gustaría recomenpsarlo. Registrese para ganar:

  • 5 noches de estancia en el Bird Nest
  • Tour de observación de aves en McAllen y sus alrededores
  • 1 dia con el mejor observador de aves de Estados Unidos
  • Agosto  26, 2013  último dia para registrarse

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Fabrica de Quequitos en McAllen

Es dificil describir lo deliciosos que estan estos quequitos. Se deshacen en la boca, nunca es suficiente de este betun. Si no los has probado todavía, ¡Te los estas perdiendo! La Fabrica de Quequitos RGV, ganó el concurso “Cupcake Wars” del festival Food Network 2012.

La próxima vez que estes en McAllen, date un gusto y visitalos, están ubicados en el 1414 North 10 St. Puedes ver su menú en:

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Share Your Love for McAllen in ConventionSouth's Contest!

ConventionSouth magazine is featuring "Hot Cities for Winter Events" in their July issue, and McAllen is one of the 50 cities selected!

Starting today, people can vote for their favorite city on ConventionSouth's Facebook page. The 10 cities with the most votes at the end of the contest will be announced in a press release and featured in the July issue!

Can you lend us a hand, McAllen? Just click the link below, visit ConventionSouth's page and vote for McAllen. We have until May 30th to get as many votes as we can, so please vote and encourage your friends and family to do the same! Thanks!

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Inaugural McAllen Marathon

courtesty of McAllen Public Information Office


Ready for a 13.1-mile half marathon, 26.2-mile full marathon or 4-person relay marathon adventure through the streets of tropical McAllen, Texas? Then Save the Date for the inaugural McAllen Marathon set for December 15, 2013!

McAllen’s mild climate, with temperatures ranging from 50 to 71 degrees in December, makes the race all the more appealing. Runners will also be excited to be part of the very first McAllen Marathon, which replaces the longtime International Friendship Run.

“The McAllen Marathon fills the void left when we had to suspend the International Friendship Run due to border issues,” said Wendy L. Smith, Assistant McAllen City Manager. “The Friendship Run was highly successful for 26 years, and local and visiting athletes asked us to keep that racing tradition alive. The McAllen Marathon promises to be a fun, safe event with many opportunities for community involvement.”

Runners are encouraged to show their lighter side by wearing a costume throughout the race. Awards will be given to the runners in the most spirited and creative costumes. Neighborhood organizations, spirit organizations, boy scouts, etc. are encouraged to come out and have fun by hosting a water station, neighborhood cheer station or start/finish line support group. Awards will also be offered to the most spirited and creative support groups. For more volunteer information, click here:

Start time will be 7:00 AM for all races, which will start and finish at the De Leon Soccer Fields at Buddy Owens and 34th Street. The race courses are flat and fast, with a South Texas breeze on asphalt routes that will cruise through shady McAllen neighborhoods with all the support needed to get runners across the finish line for their first or fastest time!

Look for more updates soon on the upcoming McAllen Marathon or


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McAllen Art Grant Program Deadline

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Deadline for applications:  12-noon on Friday, May 31, 2013 

McAllen— McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Art Sub-Granting Program is an open submission grant program for individual artists and organizations living and working in McAllen. Awards up to a maximum of $1,000 are available to artists and organizations working in the context of art.

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce's Arts Council and Texas Commission on the Arts have been working effectively to promote art within the Valley with a sub-granting program for several years.  For the upcoming year, the two organizations plan to award grants to artists and organizations that are seeking funding for projects inMcAllen.

Organizations and individual artists that have received grants in prior years include The Art House, RGV Ballet, South Texas Indian Dancers, The Dance Conservatory of McAllen, South Texas Symphony Association, IMAS and Valley Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.

Ivan Gonzalez, Director of Cultural Arts for The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, said, “The McAllen Chamber and Texas Commission on the Arts are making an important contribution to cultural activities in McAllen.  We hope that these new grants will provide a valuable legacy.”

You may download an application online here. For more information regarding the grants program, contact Gonzalez at the McAllen Creative Incubator at (956) 687-2787 or Completed applications must be received by 12 noon on Friday, May 31, 2013.

Applications, clearly marked Grants Management Unit, should be sent to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce,1200 Ash Ave., P.O. Box 790,McAllen, 78505.  Please note that faxed or emailed applications cannot be accepted. The McAllen Arts Council can only consider applications received by the deadline.

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