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Approximately 7,000 revelers enjoyed activities and more than 50 food, drink and
merchandise booths at the 18th annual Fiesta de Tejas April 19 on campus. Trick roper
and gun spinner Doug Whitaker wowed audiences with his bullwhip, fancy six-shooter and
rope tricks. Children were enamored with the Wild West Puppet Show, and its 40-foot-long
puppet town. Many kicked up their heels alongside the Alamo Area Line Dancers and
the Chinese Line Dancers as they danced the night away to music by bands such as the
Texas Chili Peppers, Sundown and Teri and the Flashbacks.
(Left) Tracy Silva, travel office, and
her daughter, Adriana, are roped in by
performer Doug Whitaker.
The winners of the South Texas
Poison Center's 2002 Poison Prevention
Poster Contest were also announced during
the event. Nine-year-old Ashley Juarez, of
the Lasara Independent School District,
took home the first-place ribbon for her
poster titled, "Poison: Easy to Get Into, Hard
to Get Out of!" Her poster was chosen as the
best among posters submitted from the
47 counties the poison center serves. She
will advance to the state competition. Ruben
Flores Jr., a third-grader at Katherine Tarver
Elementary School in the Laredo ISD, took
home the second-place ribbon for his poster
titled "Be a Hero: Don't Let Poison Hurt You."
Members of the dental dean's office take a break from the crowds who
lined up to purchase their delicious fiesta chalupas.
Chris Rivera (right), son of
Janet Rivera, dental outpatient clinic,
tries to belly bounce his buddy, Erin
Sanchez, out of the ring during a sumo