May 10, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 19

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THOUSANDS ENJOY FIESTA DE TEJAS
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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.


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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."



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Members of the dental dean's office take a break from the crowds who lined up to purchase their delicious fiesta chalupas.

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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 wrestling match.




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