Rio Grande Valley Children's Arts Festival

The Monitor (McAllen): 5/6/2018

Valley Morning Star: 5/6/2018

Brownsville Herald: 5/6/2018

San Benito News: 5/3/18

Festival FINALISTS 2017-18: Congratulations!!

Below are the finalists for the 2017-18 RGV Children's Arts Festival. 

PLEASE NOTE: Children entered the festival by responding via writing and artwork to up to five questions about the Gospel of John. The finalists were selected for their best work, so there may be some whose finalist entries shown below include both writing and artwork, but others may have been selected for writing only or artwork only. 



Click the photo below to see video of Maggie at Medicine Bow Lodge in Wyoming

Click the photo below to see video of Danella at Coulter Lake Guest Ranch in Colorado

Valley Morning Star -- 5/1/17

Brownsville Herald -- 5/6/17

Two Dude Ranch Family Vacations Offered as Prizes for 2017-18 Festival

For the past five years, Valley children have won dude ranch vacations for their families plus cash for travel expenses. Next April, two more children who live or attend school in the Rio Grande Valley will win dude ranch vacations for their families.

For the third year in a row, we will have two winners, one from each age group.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Sandpoint, Idaho and Cherokee Park Ranch in Livermore, Colorado are two amazing places with incredible owners. Our winners and their families will have the best vacations ever!

The 2017-18 festival is open to all children (ages 5-12) who live or attend school in the Rio Grande Valley. There is never an entry fee. The EXTENDED DEADLINE is December 24, 2017. Voting for semi-finalists to make the finals should take place in February 2017. After that, 20 finalists will be announced, four of whom were winners in the online voting during the semi-finalist phase. Winners will be announced April 28, 2018 in McAllen. They will enjoy their vacation prizes that summer.

Two Beautiful Ranches


 Western Pleasure Guest Ranch (left) and Cherokee Park Ranch (right) 

will each be hosting an RGV Children's Arts Festival winner and family!

RGV Children's Arts Festival 2015-16 Semi-Finalists

Thank you to our generous sponsors! Please scroll to the bottom of this page for links to our sponsors' websites: GOLD SPUR SPONSORS: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Cherokee Park Ranch, La Copa Inn South Padre Island, BCFS Health and Human Services, El Pato Mexican Food, Dairy Queen, Boggus Ford, Martin Garza M.D., P.A. (DLC Pediatrics), Lone Star National Bank, Melba's Dance School, Burns Motors; SILVER SPUR SPONSORS: Interstate Batteries, Breakaway Cruises, Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island, Othal Brand Jr., Spikes Ford, McAllen Stained Glass, Art Village on Main, CopyZone; BRONZE SPUR SPONSORS: RGV Endodontics, SandDollar Realty, Port Isabel Dental, Chapa's Moving Service, Edible Arrangements, El Zarape Taqueria, KRI Real Estate, Pueblo Tires, Shepard Insurance Agency, Valle Vista Optical, Rio Bank, Valley Christian Magazine, IBC Bank, Lee's Pharmacy, First Community Bank, Palm Valley Gymnastics & Dance, La Quinta South Padre Island, The Chip Doctor.

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Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the questions for the 2017-18 RGV Children's Arts Festival.

Read About Past Winners:  Colton Hughes (2012-13), Angela Martinez (2013-14), Lauren Powell (2014-15), Danella Prinkey-Vizcarra (2015-16, K-3rd Division), Maggie McCoy (2015-16, 4th-6th Division), Briana Benavides (2016-17, K-3rd Division), Claire Bauer (2016-17, 4th-6th Division).

View Valley News Coverage of the RGV Children's Arts Festival.



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Gold Spur Sponsors

DLC Pediatrics -- Martin Garza, M.D., P.A.
Dairy Queen
El Pato Mexican Food  
 Melba's Dance School  Lone Star National Bank


Silver Spur Sponsors






Bronze Spur Sponsors

Edible Arrangement IBC Bank Rio Bank
Valley Christian Magazine


Lee's Pharmacy

Palm Valley Gymnastics & Dance

Shepard Insurance Agency 

Pueblo Tires & Service
First Community Bank Chapa's Moving Service
 El Zarape Taqueria
  Valle Vista Optical   KRI Real Estate  

Special Thanks to the Following TV Stations, Newspapers and Magazines for Helping Get the Word Out


   KVEO 23  KRGV 5  NISROC Media
  Port Isabel South Padre Press
Valley Christian Magazine
Brownsville Herald

Advance News Journal

Valley Morning Star
The Monitor
Texas Border Business
Valley Town Crier
Edinburg Review


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The 2017-18 RGV Children's Arts Festival questions are below. The theme is the Gospel of John. Please note that the festival is divided into two age groups. There will be a separate grand prize for the winner in each age group. One will be a week-long vacation at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Sandpoint, Idaho and the other will be at Cherokee Park Ranch in Livermore, Colorado. In addition to the all-inclusive vacation, we plan to award at least $600 to each winner for travel expenses. Each winner can take a limited number of immediate family members on the vacation. Deadline is December 13, 2017. Participants may answer some or all of the following questions: 

Kindergarten (age 5) through third grade festival questions:
1. What can we learn from Jesus healing a man born blind (John 9:1-12)?
2. How is Jesus like a door (John 10:1-10)?
3. How has Jesus been a good shepherd in your life (John 10:11-21)?
4. Why does God sometimes delay when we ask him for help (John 11:1-16)?
5. What do you think makes Jesus weep (John 11:28-37)?

Fourth through sixth grades festival questions (must be under 13 years old):
1. How did God the Father honor Jesus (John 8:48-59)?
2. How can religious rules keep us from knowing God (John 9:13-23)?
3. What does it mean to be spiritually blind (John 9:24-41)?
4. Why did Jesus say he and his Father are one (John 10:22-42)?
5. What did Jesus mean when he said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:17-27)?


Click here for 2017-18 Festival Guidelines & Entry Form.

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RGV Children's Arts Festival Judges: 
Bob Boggus, Carey Kinsolving, Edna De Saro, Lensda Lozano, Lisa Kinsolving, Marsha Green, Norma Martinez, Sharon Putegnat, Terry Van Burkleo, Xavier Contreras and Yoli Cantu

Win a Dude Ranch Vacation to Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch in Colorado!

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