NIOSA Unveils 2018 Fiesta Medal

by Elizabeth Ruiz

You know spring is near when Night in Old San Antonio unveils its Fiesta medal, and this year’s version is extra special because it’s NIOSA’s 70th anniversary.

“I wanted the medal to represent all 15 cultural areas of NIOSA,” said NIOSA Chairman Marjorie Arnold. “It has the Eiffel Tower representing the French Quarter, a happy clown from Clown Alley, a horseshoe from Frontier Town, and so on.”

She also wanted this year’s Fiesta medal to have a lot of color and she got plenty of help from the organization’s Audrey Haake and Monarch Trophy designer David Durbin.

“I wanted something colorful that depicted all of the colorful flowers that we have through NIOSA that are handmade by our volunteers all year long, and our cascarones (confetti eggs),” Arnold told KTSA News.

NIOSA is one of the largest events during Fiesta San Antonio with hundreds of food and beverage booths, entertainment and games covering La Villita.

“It is the largest fundraising event for historic preservation in the country and all of our proceeds go back to the San Antonio Conservation Society,” Arnold said.

The 70th year of NIOSA is scheduled April 24-27. The 2018 medals are on sale for $12 at the NIOSA Crafters’ Store at 218 South Presa St. and on the NIOSA website at



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