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Fiesta de Tejas takes 'family friendly' to a new level

San Antonio (April 17, 2003) — Fiesta de Tejas — the official Fiesta event of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio — is the perfect way to celebrate San Antonio's heritage in an atmosphere safe for the whole family. So rustle up the young whipper-snappers and the seasoned cowhands and saddle up for a Fiesta-good time.

The 19th annual Fiesta de Tejas is set for 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday, April 24 at the Health Science Center recreation area, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. The event includes an alcohol-free children's area, an all-ages volleyball tournament and the Tag-a-tot program for child safety.

"Families can share in the tradition of Fiesta by celebrating together at this festival," says Sally Crouser, event coordinator. Fiesta de Tejas is designed to offer something for everyone. Children, teens and adults can participate in activities such as rock climbing, water wars, the human gyro and a Velcro™ wall.

Parents can register for the Tag-a-tot program designed to help locate lost children quickly. "My sisters and I take our kids to Fiesta de Tejas every year because it is a safe, enjoyable atmosphere for children and adults," says Julie Mendez, Health Science Center employee.

Main stage performances will include musical entertainment by the Lone Star Pickerz, Sundown and the Texas Chili Peppers, as well as dance troupes such as the Fire on the Mountain Cloggers, Bedouin and salsa dancers. The volleyball mini-classic tournament is a new event at Fiesta de Tejas. Teams of up to eight players of all ages are invited to register by calling (210) 394-0112. Winners will receive prizes and all players receive free admission to Fiesta de Tejas.

Having this festival on the Thursday before the Battle of Flowers Day makes it an ideal outing for families because most children will be out of school and many parents will be off work the following day.

Adult admission is $6 presale or $8 at the gate, and children ages 7-12 get in for $3. Children 6 and under and adults over 65 are free! Advance tickets are on sale at the Health Science Center bookstore through Wednesday, April 23. Bookstore hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Parking is free and visitors are encouraged to enter the Health Science Center from its Merton Minter gate just off Babcock Road. See Fiesta de Tejas details at http://oerweb.uthscsa.edu/fiesta/.

Contact: Will Sansom or Aileen Salinas, 567-2570;
Michelle Price, Fiesta de Tejas Committee, 567-7833