Rio Grande Valley Children's Arts Festival

VIDEO: Kids Find Out They WON!

Use THIS LINK to see video of our winners receiving their surprise announcements at school.

Festival Winners In The News

The Brownsville Herald -- 2/28/19

2018-19 Winners Have Been Announced!

Congratulations to Jaylen Cain, 9 (K-3rd Division Winner), who won a week for herself and her family at Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Beach Resort in South Padre Island, and Galilee Curling, 11 (4th-6th Division Winner), who won a week-long vacation for herself and her family at Isla Grand Beach Resort in South Padre Island!


Use this link to see the entries of all 20 finalists.


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Gold Sand Sponsors

DLC Pediatrics -- Martin Garza, M.D., P.A.
Melba's Dance School 


Silver Sand Sponsors

Lone Star National Bank



Bronze Sand 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
  Valle Vista Optical   KRI Real Estate  


NEW vacation prizes for 2018-19!





Valley Morning Star: 9/24/2018

The Monitor (McAllen): 9/23/2018

Brownsville Herald: 9/24/2018

Brownsville Herald: 9/20/2018

Valley Town Crier: 9/19/2018

Valley Morning Star: 5/6/2018

Two SPI Family Beach Vacations Offered as Prizes for 2018-19 Festival

For the past six 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 family vacations at South Padre Island!

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

Isla Grand Beach Resort and Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort are two amazing places at South Padre Island. Our winners and their families will have the best vacations ever!

The 2018-19 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 12, 2018. After that, 20 finalists will be announced. Winners will be announced April 30, 2019. They will enjoy their vacation prizes that summer.

Thank you to our generous sponsors! Please scroll to the top of this page for links to our sponsors' websites: GOLD SAND SPONSORS: Isla Grand Beach Resort, Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort, La Copa Inn South Padre Island, Boggus Ford, Martin Garza M.D., P.A. (DLC Pediatrics), Melba's Dance School; SILVER SAND SPONSORS: Interstate Batteries, Lone Star National Bank, Burns Motors, Breakaway Cruises, Othal Brand Jr., Spikes Ford, McAllen Stained Glass, Children's Center at Renaissance, CopyZone; BRONZE SAND SPONSORS: SandDollar Realty, Port Isabel Dental, Chapa's Moving Service, Edible Arrangements, KRI Real Estate, Pueblo Tires & Service, Shepard Insurance Agency, Valle Vista Optical, Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island, Rio Bank, Valley Christian Magazine, IBC Bank, Lee's Pharmacy, First Community Bank, Palm Valley Gymnastics & Dance, La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Island.

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Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the questions for the 2018-19 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), Leah Leal (2017-18, K-3rd Division), Sophia Villarreal (2017-18, 4th-6th Division).

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


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


Port Isabel South Padre Press
Valley Christian MagazineBrownsville Herald

Advance News Journal

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


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The 2018-19 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 Isla Grand Beach Resort at South Padre Island and the other will be at Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort at South Padre Island. Each winner can take a limited number of immediate family members on the vacation. Deadline is December 12, 2018. Participants may answer some or all of the following questions in their age category: 

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)?

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)?


Click here for 2018-19 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

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