Rio Grande Valley Children's Arts Festival

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

The Monitor: 5/15/16

Two Dude Ranch Family Vacations Offered as Prizes for 2016-17 Festival

For the past four years, Valley children have won Colorado 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.

Last year was the first time we had two winners, one from each age group. This went very well and we are doing it again this coming year!

Medicine Bow Lodge near Saratoga, Wyoming and Coulter Lake Guest Ranch in Rifle, Colorado are two amazing places with incredible owners. Our winners and their families will have the best vacations ever!

The strength of Medicine Bow Lodge (8400 feet) is the diversity of its riding terrain. There are a lot of mountain streams to ride through and over, forests where you can enjoy an amazing sunset ride and mountain trails where horses prove to be sure-footed. 

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch is nestled alongside a spring-fed lake and surrounded with majestic stands of aspen. Each ride is more glorious than the last as you pass through what some call the "aspen cathedral." There are plenty of fun activities and delicious food!

The 2016-17 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 deadline is December 15, 2016. Voting for semi-finalists to make the finals should take place in February 2017. After that, 20 finalists will be announced, five of whom were winners in the online voting during the semi-finalist phase. Winners will be announced April 29, 2017 in McAllen. They will enjoy their vacation prizes that summer.

Two Beautiful Ranches


 Medicine Bow Lodge and Adventure Guest Ranch (left) and Coulter Lake Guest Ranch (right) 

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

Winner: K-3rd Grade Age Group


Winner: 4th-6th Grade (or thru age 12) Age Group

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: Coulter Lake Guest Ranch, Medicine Bow Lodge, Rioplex Wireless, El Pato Mexican Food, Dairy Queen, Joel Martinez DDS, Martin Garza M.D., P.A. (DLC Pediatrics), Lone Star National Bank, Melba's Dance School, Gerry & Ann Guerra; SILVER SPUR SPONSORS: Interstate Batteries, Tipton Auto Group, Boggus Ford, Children's Hospital at Renaissance, Breakaway Cruises, Hacienda Ford, Spikes Ford, Logic Lures, McAllen Stained Glass, Art Village on Main, Walker & Twenhafel LLP Attorneys at Law, CopyZone; BRONZE SPUR SPONSORS: Valley Children's Clinic, SandDollar Realty, Port Isabel Dental, Bug Off Pest Control, Chapa's Moving Service, Knapp Medical Center, Edible Arrangements, El Zarape Taqueria, KRI Real Estate, Pueblo Tires, Shepard Insurance Agency, Theresa Valladares MD: Goddess MedSpa, Valle Vista Optical, Rio Bank, Valley Christian Magazine, IBC Bank, Lee's Pharmacy, First Community Bank, Palm Valley Gymnastics & Dance, Burns Motors.

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Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the questions for the 2015-16 RGV Children's Arts Festival.

Read About Past Winners:  Colton Hughes (2012-13), Angela Martinez (2013-14), Lauren Powell (2014-15).

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 2016-17 RGV Children's Arts Festival questions are below. The theme is the Gospel of John. Please note that we have divided the festival 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 Medicine Bow Lodge & Adventure Guest Ranch near Saratoga, Wyoming and the other will be at Coulter Lake Guest Ranch near Rifle, 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 up to four immediate family members on the vacation for a total of five people. Deadline is December 15, 2016. Participants may answer some or all of the following questions: 

Kindergarten (age 5) through third grade festival questions:
1. Why did some people want to arrest Jesus (John 7:25-36)?
2. Why do people argue over who Jesus is (John 7:40-53)?
3. Why should we forgive one another (John 8:1-11)?
4. How can you know if you are pleasing God (John 8:21-30)?
5. Why do some people refuse to hear God’s Word (John 8:37-47)?

Fourth through sixth grades festival questions (must be under 13 years old):
1. What can we learn from Jesus about God’s timing to make important decisions (John 7:1-13)?
2. How can we know if someone is a true teacher from God (John 7:14-24)?
3. How is Jesus like a river of living water in your life (John 7:37-39)?
4. How do we know Jesus came from heaven on a mission from his father (John 8:12-20)?
5. How does remaining in God’s Word make you free (John 8:31-36)?


Click here for 2016-17 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, Melba Huber, 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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