UIW Cutting Edge Best in Show. Photo courtesy of UIW.
UIW Cutting Edge Best in Show. Photo courtesy of UIW.

I learned a lesson at the Got Medal party last night at Bohanan’s. Even though I thought I had a decent amount of medals, I should never underestimate the pure Fiesta fandom here in San Antonio. After promptly being put in my place by folks with vast collections, I went ahead and enjoyed some amazing pulled pork tacos, fruit cup (they put Pop Rocks in the chili) and craft cocktails.

On tap today are two fashionable lunch events and the opening of the carnival. I also have some info on where to get one of the hottest medals in town, but be sure to act fast.

Fiesta Luncheon, Hat Contest & Style Show

While you can certainly see some impressive hats on display at the Institute of Texan Cultures, you’ll be able to catch many of them in the wild at this Fiesta Luncheon and Hat Contest tomorrow at the Omni Hotel at the Colonnade. The event hosted by The Women’s Club of San Antonio lasts from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’d be foolish to show up without something ridiculous adorning your head. A little pricey—tickets run $75—but the proceeds go to benefit scholarships, charities and the renovation of the historic Woodward House, which has housed the Women’s Club since 1926.

UIW Cutting Edge Fashion Show

In the fashion world you’re either in or out, and students from the University of the Incarnate Word want to show they have what it takes at the Cutting Edge Fashion Show. Registration begins at the Marriott Rivercenter at 10:30 a.m. with the runway going live at 11:30 a.m. The show will be similar to one you’d find in New York, with student’s presenting their collections that they created in a fashion capstone course. Tickets are $75—I’m seeing a trend here—and all proceeds go to fund scholarships for students in the fashion management program at UIW.

UIW Cutting Edge Fashion Show. Fiesta® San Antonio Commission/ ©Photos by Jonathan Alonzo Photography.
UIW Cutting Edge Fashion Show. Fiesta® San Antonio Commission/
©Photos by Jonathan Alonzo Photography.

Fiesta Carnival

The parking lot of the Alamodome comes alive in this full-fledged carnival starting tomorrow through April 27. Growing up in West Texas, I wouldn’t see this type of action except once a year at our County Fair. By contrast, San Antonio seems to have one every time you turn around. From the kiddie rides and Ferris Wheel to thrill rides that will make you wish you held off on that funnel cake, there’s something for everyone. While the entry is free, if you plan on going on a lot of the rides you’ll want to look into purchasing an Unlimited Rides Mega Pass in advance. While you’ll save $6 off the price on the fairgrounds, they stop selling the advance passes on April 20.

Bill Miller BBQ Medal

One of the more popular medals this year comes from Bill Miller BBQ. Featuring the Bill Miller logo with a cow, chicken and pig, the medal also has one of their giant Texas Tea Buckets on top with a brightly colored Viva Fiesta coming out of the lid. I called the corporate office and found that the last shipment of medals hits the stores this morning and will set you back $5. Your best chance to get one of these medals is to find a location that serves breakfast, so before you go to work be sure to pick up a bag of breakfast tacos with your medal. If you wait until lunch you’ll probably be out of luck.

Let Garrett know about your favorite Fiesta event, awesome unofficial party or where he can find medals by emailing him at fiesta@saflavor.com.

*Featured/top image: UIW Cutting Edge Best in Show. Photo courtesy of UIW.


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Garrett Heath blogs for Rackspace and is the Average Joe that started SA Flavor. He loves San Antonio, especially eating at mom and pop Mexican food restaurants.