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What is Fiesta San Antonio?

Fiesta San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. It has evolved into one of this nation’s premier festivals with an economic impact of more than $340 million for the Alamo City. Fiesta is the Party With a Purpose. and the funds raised by official Fiesta events provide services to San Antonio citizens throughout the year. That commemoration still takes place, but for more than a century, Fiesta has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures.  2018 marks Fiesta's 127th anniversary and follows San Antonio’s Tricentennial Commemorative Week, May 1-6, 2018.

History of the Fiesta Medals began as an idea in the late 1970's when then Lt. Col. Leon Childers was active duty Army, stationed at Fort Sam Houston. As an avid Volksmarcher during his tour in Germany, he saw first-hand how medals were used to generate fun and enthusiasm among recipients. Col. Childers was looking for an idea to generate camaraderie with the general public during Fiesta events and came up with the idea of making a military looking medal, that was "Fiesta" themed, for the General to hand out during select events. As you can imagine, it was a hit!

The Texas Corvette Association's Annual Open Car Show is held during the Fiesta and is the only Fiesta sanctioned event that is held outside of San Antonio. We were granted status as a Fiesta event back in 2007; thus 2018 marks our 12th year as an official Fiesta event.  Below are the commemorative medals for the past 12 years. Our annual car show medal goes on sale just before the Open Car Show at the Fiesta store downtown. Supplies are limited and when they’re gone, their gone!

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