City of Harlingen gets its own board game, other RGV cities to follow

    "Harlingen Opoly" is being sold at the city's sole Walmart store. (Photo Source: City of Harlingen)

    You’ve heard of Monopoly. But now a Rio Grande Valley city has its own version of the classic board game.

    “Harlingen Opoly” hit the shelves at the city’s sole Walmart store on Thursday.

    The localized version of Monopoly features popular locations in Harlingen, like the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, as well as local events, such as Jackson Street Market Days and the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.

    The game was created after a third-party vendor approached Harlingen Walmart Store Manager Tino Vidaurri, who thought a game featuring places people could recognize would be a great idea.

    “I felt people would really like to play a game featuring places they’re familiar with and after talking it over with my District Manager, I reached out to the store directors in our region which includes Port Isabel, Los Fresnos, Brownsville, San Benito, Donna, Weslaco, and Edcouch Elsa and they also agreed to get them for their stores,” Viduarri told the city of Harlingen in a news release.

    Viduaurri says he ordered 750 copies of the game for the Harlingen store. He received 240 this week, and expects the remaining 510 copies to arrive early next week.

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