Sixteen Valley children and their families gathered on April 30 at the Art Village on Main Event Center in McAllen, all hoping to win a week-long vacation for their families at Coulter Lake Guest Ranch in Rifle, Colorado or Medicine Bow Lodge & Adventure Guest Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. This year for the first time, the RGV Children’s Arts Festival awarded two dude ranch family vacations, one to a child in each of two age groups.
Edna De Saro, vice president of marketing for Lone Star National Bank, announced the winner for the older children (fourth through sixth grade, up to age 12). After De Saro recognized all the parents of finalists, she opened the envelope and said, “The 2016 RGV Children’s Arts Festival winner of a week at Medicine Bow Lodge & Adventure Guest Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming is Maggie McCoy!”
Maggie’s winning art and writing can be seen in Chapters 26, 29, 31 and 32 of the “Kids Color Me Bible Gospel of John” at www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org/kcmbgj. “Of all the finalists, Maggie had more entries selected for our online book than anyone,” said Carey Kinsolving, festival chair. “She is a prolific and outstanding artist and writer.”
Maggie McCoy, 11, is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph McCoy of McAllen. Maggie is home schooled by her parents.
Maggie won a week-long, all-inclusive vacation for her family at Medicine Bow Lodge & Adventure Guest Ranch in Wyoming, along with $600 for travel expenses. She also got to keep a beautifully-framed, fused-glass rendering of her winning artwork created by Yoli Cantu of McAllen Stained Glass. Ms. Cantu also provided a scholarship for each winner to bring three friends and enjoy a class in designing and making fused glass art.
All 16 finalists received passes for four people to enjoy a Dolphin Watch or Eco Tour cruise courtesy of Breakaway Cruises at South Padre Island and a coupon for a free ice cream cake at any of the Lynn Lee Dairy Queens throughout the Valley.
Congratulations to Maggie and all the incredible finalists!