VIVA Fiesta! Some folks wonder WHY we collect Fiesta medals and why I love them.
My first medals were from prospective El Rey Feo…the “ugly” king….who became an official part of Fiesta in 1980. Most of these hopeful kings were not really “ugly”….. it was a fun way to raise money. The LULAC Rey Feo Scholarship Committee sponsors El Rey Feo and candidates for the title raise money that is given to students for their college expenses.
The Texas Cavaliers introduced a king in 1941 (way before my time)….King Antonio…..who rides on a boat in the river parade in the first “official” event that kicks off Fiesta….the Texas Cavaliers River Parade.
Anyone can have their own medals…you just have to buy or make them. I’ve gotten medals with people’s cute dog pictures on them, medals from companies like RE/MAX and medals from groups like the Women’s Club of San Antonio. All are precious to me.
Over the years my Fiesta attire has included a blue jean vest with medals pinned on the front and back, Beauty Queen sash’s with medals on the front and back, huge Sombrero’s with medals hanging off it (heavy, heavy, heavy) and t-shirts with medals draped all over. No medal display is better than the other….they all are considered acceptable. Some look sillier than others…..but they are all displayed for fun and help get me in the mood to enjoy our beautiful San Antonio weather and events.
When I’m not wearing my medals, I like to display them in a large bowl in my entryway. The hardest part…..not giving them away when folks come over to visit.
How do you display your Fiesta medals? If you have designed your own medal…post a photo!
VIVA Fiesta. I hope Fiesta 2018 is the best yet!