I got my medal

What would Fiesta be without a medal or two? So I ended up with these two.

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The one on the left was part of a silent auction, which I almost missed and this one was still available — no one had bid on it. On the right is the medal given out to the features department.

** Fiesta is 11 days of parties, parades and pomp in San Antonio. Traffic increases and parking scarce downtown. Although I don’t attend any events (not crazy about crowds), I do participate in collecting at least one medal each year, watching parts of the Battle of Flowers parade that passes by the offices, and braving the crowds searching for a gordita tent. (A gordita is a thick corn tortilla, deep fat fried, drained and filled with meat and cheese.) **

The medals can be quite artistic and almost always brightly colored. I got this one several years ago. It’s heavy. The bottom part is six inches deep.

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They can also be quite elaborate. This one from another year actually came with a matching purple box embellished with a crown. The frame had a chihuahua (Order of the Small Canine, or something of that sort) that I replaced with one of Wiz, my cairn. It’s lost some of its bling, but the effort of the original maker is evident.

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While events occur daily for the rest of Fiesta, I’m looking forward to the Battle of Flowers parade and a gordita on Friday.

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