Texas Woman Quit Beer for Lent on Wednesday, Received Surprise of a Lifetime on Thursday

How’s this for a test of faith? Harlingen, Texas resident Leandra Ruiz gave up beer for lent, which began last Wednesday, March 1. The very next day, a case of Budweiser was delivered to her front door by the company’s iconic carriage and Clydesdale horses.

As the Valley Morning Star reports, Ruiz filled out a contest application three weeks ago — before giving up beer for the 40 days of Lent — and did not expect to win.

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All was not lost, however. Ruiz took a ride around the block in the carriage, and her family and neighbors got an opportunity to see the Budweiser Clydesdales up close. It was a special treat for the children in the neighborhood, especially.

As she told the Valley Morning Star,

“I’m excited, but I’m not shocked that I won. We have a lot of small kids on this street and I thought it would be neat if we had won it. And they came, so I’m glad I signed up.”

We believe in you, Leandra — April 13 is right around the corner, you can definitely make it.

The Budweiser Clydesdales were in the area for BorderFest, the largest South Texas music, culture, and heritage festival held in Hidalgo.

This year was the festival’s 41st in action and it highlights landmark cultural and historical events in the Rio Grande Valley.

People could visit the Budweiser Clydesdales in McAllen, Texas, and many took advantage of the opportunity!

He just keeps staring at me…I think I should take him home! #clydesdale #budweiserclydesdales

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BorderFest represents the best of South Texas, showcasing the diversity of cultures and the beautiful customs of the local people in the area, both in historical and contemporary times.

It’s consistently held in the first week of March, and this year the festival had, in addition to the Budweiser Clydesdales, a 45-foot Statue of Liberty replica, an Elvis impersonator, Native American dance tribes, a 16-piece brass swing band, zydeco music, and an Interactive Kidz Science Lab.

You might have missed it this year, but maybe next year, you’ll win a visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales just like Leandra Ruiz!

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