Students prepare for Fiesta
By Dave Cohen
Daily Cougar Staff
Preparations are being finalized for this
year's Frontier Fiesta as the date for the beginning of the festival nears.
Frontier Fiesta, which begins Thursday
and will run through Saturday, has undergone major changes. Most noticeably,
the location has changed from the field across from the Catholic Newman
Center on Calhoun to the Robertson Stadium tailgate party area.
The Frontier Fiesta Association has gone
to great lengths to make the event more inclusive to the diverse student
population, attempting to increase appeal to the greater Houston community,
said Frontier Fiesta Chair Mark Ciolli.
Carl Wilson/The Daily Cougar
Members from Sigma Chi put
together one of the many fronts which will be used during Frontier Fiesta.
The event kicks off with a concert Thursday and will run through Saturday.
"All students who don't usually get involved
in school functions need to come out and see this year's Frontier Fiesta,"
said Ciolli, a senior engineering major. "The festival greatly benefits
our community and it's put on for you."
The festival will feature Broadway-style
variety shows performed by different campus organizations, carnival booths,
a barbecue cook-off and live concerts.
New additions to the festival include the
tent of the Council of Ethnic Organizations, a carnival booth from Alpha
Phi Omega, a co-ed fraternity organization, and sponsorship from the radio
station 106.5-FM KQQK.
"We expect the crowd turnout to be a lot
larger this year," Director of Development Brant Wallace said. "We have
a few new things that students will be drawn to. I predict we will receive
a higher alumni turnout because this is the 10-year anniversary of the
Frontier Fiesta resurrection."
The first concert on Thursday at the Budweiser
stage will feature a night performance by Sister Morales and Grammy Award
nominee Jamie y Los Chamacos. The concert kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Cory Morrow
and Mark Winston Kirk will play Friday, while The Guzzlers and The Hayden
Sayers will close out this year's festival on Saturday. The Friday and
Saturday performances will begin at 10 p.m.
The Shady Barker stage will play host to
talents such as Writers in the Round, Women in the Round, Bill Haymes,
Carolyn Hester, Lynn Langham and Bobby Bridger from noon to 4 p.m.
" We're offering a more diverse blend of
music (this year)," Ciolli said. "We want this to be a school-wide event."
Saturday afternoon will be dedicated to
Little Wrangler Day. Children can participate in face painting, play with
the animals in the petting zoo and see the Historical Shooters, a group
of target shooters who will perform at the event.
"This year, Little Wrangler Day will be
included with the rest of Frontier Fiesta," Ciolli said. "This should give
Frontier Fiesta a true festival feel."
Frontier Fiesta gates will open at 5 p.m.
Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the festival will start at noon and end
at 1 a.m.