BestFest, an annual celebration held in October, began in 1978 as “a special salute to five of the state’s outstanding festivals,” including New Braunfels’s Wurstfest, Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Days, San Antonio’s Fiesta, the Texas State Fair in Dallas, and George Washington’s Birthday Celebration in Laredo. It was presented by the student organization Variety 79.In 1979, the event was said to be “a salute to five of the city’s outstanding festivals: Fiesta Navidena, King William Fair, La Feria del Rio, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and the Texas Folklife Festival.” In the late 1970s, BestFest included performances by the UTSA Brass Ensemble and UTSA Jazz Ensemble, several contests such as the jalapeño eating contest, egg toss, “Walking the Plank Contest,” “Pee Wee Bicycle Races,” and others. The modern Best Fest incorporates a Halloween theme with costume and booth-decorating contests.
In fall 2010, Campus Activities Board added a new element to BestFest to celebrate the beginning of UTSA football…to much surprise…a Thriller flash mob kicked off a pep rally and the introduction of the football team right in the middle of the event…the sounds of the fight song and students chanting through a sea of confetti blasted through campus…enhancing the Roadrunner spirit
The Campus Activities Board will be hosting the 33th annual BestFest on Friday, October 28th 2011. The UTSA campus comes alive with food, music, games and entertainment as student organizations run food and game booths as one of two major fundraising events put on by the Campus Activities Board at UTSA.
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Lottery Meeting: Wednesday, September 25 – 3pm to 5pm – Denman (UC 2.01.28)
BestFest: Friday, October 25th – 11am to 3pm – UTSA Sombrilla