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UTSA BestFest and Rowdy Rampage are Friday, Oct. 25 on Main Campus

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(Oct. 24, 2013) -- The UTSA Campus Activities Board brings a new twist this year to the 35-year-old tradition, BestFest. The event has moved to a later time and a different location -- 3:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25 at Convocation Center parking lot BK1 on the Main Campus. BestFest is part of UTSA Homecoming Week, Oct. 20-26.

>> This year, country music recording artist and "American Idol" Josh Gracin will perform at the annual celebration that is a fundraiser for UTSA student organizations. Guests can buy food from organization booths to support their projects and activities.

BestFest will be in conjunction with the Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular and Golf Cart Parade, which begins at 7 p.m. on the Convocation Center lawns. As one of the only schools in the United States to hold a golf cart parade, UTSA has hosted the parade of decorated golf carts since 1993 during Homecoming Week. This is the ninth year of the Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular.

This event combines a spirit rally, concert and Homecoming Golf Cart Parade all in one. While times are approximate depending on the weather and sunset, there will be a concert at 7 p.m., parade at 7:30 p.m. and spirit rally at 8:45 p.m. Live music will follow onstage after the fireworks.

BestFest began in 1978 as "a special salute to five of the state's outstanding festivals" including New Braunfels' 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. The modern BestFest incorporates a Halloween theme with costume and booth-decorating contests.


>> October 20-26 is UTSA Homecoming Week. Learn about the week's activities at the UTSA Homecoming website.

>> For all you want to know about UTSA football, visit the UTSA Game Day website.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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