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Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day 2019

February 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The special event admission fees are $8 for adults (ages 18+); $6 for seniors with ID (ages 62+), active military and students with ID (ages 13+); $5 for children (ages 4 to 12) and free for children ages 3 and younger. FRIENDS of the MOSTHistory are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship and must present a valid FRIENDship card at Admissions.

Celebrate the culture of South Texas and northeastern Mexico at the Museum of South Texas History’s 29th Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day. This annual festival showcases regional pioneer, ranching and indigenous heritage through a variety of demonstrations, cuisine and musical entertainment.

The tortilla, a staple of regional cuisine, is featured this year, so expect fun activities like the “Corn or Flour?” Tortilla Voting Wall, free taco felt craft and Try on Tortillas where you and your family can wrap yourself into one big taco. Historic tortilla presses, a corn grinder and metate will be on display, and a MOSTHistory Collection Series video will expand your knowledge about tortilla history. And, don’t forget to complete and turn in your answers for the Tortilla Scavenger Hunt, found at the main admissions counter, for a special prize.

Performance Schedule (as of 2/8/2019)

Time Performer
10 a.m. Edinburg North High School Mariachi Oro
10:30 a.m. Good Times Band
11 a.m. RGV Folklórico Dance Team
11:20 a.m. PSJA North Grupo Folklórico Ichtequi
11:40 a.m. Conceptos Entídad Dancistica
12 p.m. Texas Sweethearts
12:50 p.m. Good Times Band
1:20 p.m. Matt and the Herdsmen
2:20 p.m. Edinburg North High School Ritmo Dorado
2:40 p.m. Grupo Folklórico Juveníl de Palmview

Times subject to change.

  • Los Liberadores (Photo opportunity)
  • Plants of RGV Ranchlands by Texas Master Naturalist: South Texas Border Chapter
  • Native animals from the Gladys Porter Zoo
  • Bees & honey by Bees Strong Honey
  • Knot tying by the Boy Scouts
  • Drop spindle spinning & treadle
  • Wildlife management by the East Foundation and Texas Wildlife Association
  • Wood carving
  • Wood burning
  • Living history reenactors
  • Basket weaving
  • Tipi by the Texan Native Americans
  • Making beeswax candle & condiments by St. George Orthodox Church
  • Roping by T.J. Tijerina
  • Soap making
  • Cro-hooking
  • Book Buzz RGV (Story time)
  • Buffalo Bill reenactor
  • Patty Raymond Books by Patti Raymond York
  • Curandera by Danielle Lopez
  • Leather Crafts
  • Sewing by RGV Sewing Club
  • Knitting

The museum’s Collections staff will create several displays that highlight the history and heritage of tortillas. The displays will include a tortilla press, a metate, corn grinders and a YouTube video produced by MOSTHistory staff.

  • Guisados en olla de barro by Emmanuel Banquets
  • Pulled pork sliders and fajita tacos by Q’in It Up BBQ
  • Elote and snacks by E&B Elotes
  • Pozole, tamales and tostadas
  • Aguas Frescas and sodas sold by Boy Scouts
  • Pan dulce by La Mexicana Bakery
  • Event Scavenger Hunt
  • Track Matching Game
  • Butter Churning
  • Felt Tacos
  • Try On History
  • Giant Tortilla Photo Op
  • Rock Petrogylph
  • “Corn or Flower?” Voting Wall
  • Survivalist Skills with Neil Cassady
  • Centerpieces by Gift & Details
  • Dream catchers & bone and bead necklaces by M&M Merchandise
  • Rotulos (hand-painted signs) by The Sign Shop
  • Mesquite Woodworks
  • Wood crafts and toys by Wood Master Wood Works
  • Embroidered Jewelry by Cinco Hearts Wildflowers
  • Clay and Fabric pieces by Zahir Designs


February 16, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm