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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1960 - Frontier Fiesta. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/6814/show/6542.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1960 - Frontier Fiesta. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/6814/show/6542

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Transcript Frontier Fiesta — Its Evolution A TRADITION . . . FORMED IN THE DEPTHS From an idea formed in the depths of the minds of five students in 1940, there arose a tradition at the University of Houston. It was called Frontier Fiesta, destined to become the "Greatest College Show on Earth." The first Fiesta was scheduled to make its appearance on April 24, 1940. Students worked day and night building, rehearsing, making costumes and contracting for food and cold drinks to be brought to the campus for on-lookers to enjoy. Even some of the faculty was pressed into service. Dr. W. W. Kemmerer, the University's new president-elect helped by assisting in the building of a dance floor for the Taxi Dance. Work reached its zenith with only 24 hours till show time. Then, as has happened many times since, Frontier Fiesta was plagued with rain. For two days and two nights the rains came. Fiesta was postponed. OUT OF THE MUD A DIMINUTIVE ORGANISM APPEARS A week later, Fiesta played to a crowd of 5,000. The show ran for three nights. In 1941, Frontier Fiesta was located at the south end of the present football field. A beard growing contest was initiated which called for the winner to receive a portable radio for his efforts. Eight thousand people attended the second Frontier Fiesta. CATACLYSMIC DISTURBANCE HALTS DEVELOPMENT World War II halted Fiesta's progress until 1946. That year, with male students returning to the campus as war veterans, a need was felt to bring back the college show. A group of aspiring campus politicians ran on a ticket promising the revival of Fiesta if they were elected to office. After they won the election, they set about the difficult task of reviving the Fiesta spirit on a campus that had quadrupled in enrollment and had few old timers around who knew anything about Fiesta. REVIVES AFTER PERIOD OF DORMANCY The third Fiesta site was the spot now occupied by the Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, an area which was then a hard-surfaced parking lot. An automobile was donated by Earl McMillian as first prize in the Beard Growing contest. Hundreds of other prizes were contributed by local citizens to be given for city-wide Frontier Fiesta promotion. An estimated 25,000 people visited the show between April 24 and April 26. In 1948, it became necessary to extend the run of the show and the size of the buildings to accommodate the huge crowds. Fiesta played for four nights for the entertainment of 30,000 Houstonians. The following shows and concessions made up Frontier Fiesta in '48: Silver Moon Saloon sponsored by Kappa Delta Kappa; Tappa Kegga Suds, TKS; The Hot Shot, Freshman Class; Drop 'Em In, Varsity "H"; Cavalier Theatre, the Cavaliers; La Rata Muerta, El Foro Espanol; The Four Greeks, Panhellenic; The Joe Pot, Newman Club; Section "8", Psychology Club; General Store, Pi Delta; Darts for Do-Nuts, Hillel; Hit Parade, Le Quartier Latin; Palace Theater, Escrollus Society; Judge Roy Bean's Court, Red Masque; Bella Union, Veteran's Guidance Office; Crow's Nest, SAC; Silver Dollar Saloon, Jolly Boys; and Penny Pitch, Lanyard Club. 171