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Frontier Fiesta Association Staff. 1950 Frontier Fiesta Program - Page 7. 1950. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 29, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll14/item/120/show/112.

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Frontier Fiesta Association Staff. (1950). 1950 Frontier Fiesta Program - Page 7. University of Houston Frontier Fiesta. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll14/item/120/show/112

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Title 1950 Frontier Fiesta Program
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Frontier Fiesta Association Staff
Publisher University of Houston
Date 1950
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Frontier Fiesta (University of Houston)
  • Festivals
  • University of Houston
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • programs (documents)
Language English
Physical Description 16 page program
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Original Item Location ID 1996-003, Box 1, Folder 10
Original Collection UH Frontier Fiesta Collection
Original Collection URL http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=145
Digital Collection University of Houston Frontier Fiesta
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll14
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Title Page 7
Original Collection UH Frontier Fiesta Collection, 1941-1993 http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=145
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Fiesta Through the Years By JOHNNY GOYEN "The Greatest College Show on Earth.'' Yep, that was an appropriate title Jack Valenti gave in 1947 to the Universitv of Houston's student-produced, student-built and student-planned revival of the old wild and wooly west— FRONTIER FIESTA. The idea for this student endeavor was born back in 1940 when a group of campus leaders, in search of a way to boost school spirit, got together, and FRONTIER FIESTA began to take root. The proceeds from this enterprise were to go toward a fund to build a Student Union Building. Dates for the first FRONTIER FIESTA were set for April 24-26. On April 24, the first Fiesta was to have opened. Students worked day and night building, rehearsing, making costumes, contracting for food and cold drinks to be brought to the campus for onlookers (no one knew whether anyone would show up or not) to enjoy. Even some of the faculty members were pressed into service. Dr. W. W. Kemmerer, the University's new presidentelect, can be remembered lor his help in building a dance floor for the Taxi Dance. The opening day was 24 hours away. The result—it rained like hell the night before and continued for two days and nights. Naturally, the Fiesta was postponed until the following week, and on Thursday night, May I, 1940, FRONTIER FIESTA City was opened for three days to the public. Some 5,000 people, mostly friends and relatives of the performers, viewed the shows. A truly shaky beginning. But it survived, and 1941 saw the second Western spectacle unfold, this time at the south end of the present practice football field. And the first winner of the beard growing contest won the giant first place prize for the best all-around beard—a small portable radio. Around 8,000 persons witnessed this Fiesta. FRONTIER FIESTA was here to stay. December 7, 1941 put a stop to all plans for the '42 western show. This looked like an end to all future Fiestas. But this was not the case, for in 1 946, when male students began to enroll in college once more, a group of aspiring campus politicians ran on a ticket stating if they were elected, FRONTIER FIESTA would live again. They won, and Fiesta was to be revived in the Spring of 1947 after sleeping for 6 years. Theirs was no easy task. The enrollment had quadrupled, and there were very few of the old timers back who knew what Fiesta was all about. The Fiesta spirit had to be re-born on the University campus. The third Fiesta site was to take place on the site now occupied by the beautiful Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, an area which was then a hard-surfaced parking lot. For (Continued on Page 14) Five