Fiesta News

Old Spanish Days Names 2018 Leadership Team for 94th Fiesta

Posted October 13, 2017

The organizing group for Santa Barbara’s weeklong Fiesta has named its leadership and executive team for the 94th edition of one of this country’s largest regional festivals. Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara has selected its Executive Committee, including the eighth Fiesta La Presidente to lead the organization, as well as five Division Chiefs who will oversee a variety of events from Celebrations to Pageantry and from Dance and Entertainment to Mercados and External Relations.

The 2018 Old Spanish Days Executive Committee will include La Presidente Denise Sanford, who joined the OSD Board in 2002, La Primera Vice Presidente Barbara Carroll, El Segundo Vice Presidente Erik Davis, La Secretaria Stephanie Petlow, and La Tesorera Angela Miller-Bevan.

“It is my honor to represent Old Spanish Days as the 2018 La Presidente,” said La Presidente Sanford.  “Fiesta provides our community an opportunity to celebrate traditions and the spirit of people coming together. Fiesta supports other non-profits in our community and provides the opportunity to help support their organizations.”

The 2018 OSD Fiesta Division Chiefs include Alex Castellanos (Celebrations), Michelle Bischoff (Dance & Entertainment), David Bolton (External Relations, Education & History), Jim Wilcox (Marketplaces), and Will Powers (Pageantry).

“I’ve been on the board since 2002 and I have had the opportunity of serving on many committees in many areas of the organization,” added Sanford.  “Having the opportunity to help the Santa Barbara community celebrate a long standing tradition of history, continuing and growing to get closer to our 100th Anniversary has been exciting and meaningful. Old Spanish Days is a working board made up of volunteers from all areas of the community.”

Santa Barbara’s Fiesta was first held in 1924. The 2018 edition will take place August 1-5.

For additional information, please contact the OSD office at 805.962.8101 or email info@oldspanishdays-fiesta.org.


OSD Fiesta 2018 Executive Team Photo Caption:
Back row (from left to right): La Secretaria Stephanie Petlow, La Primera Vice Presidente Barbara Carroll, 2018 Fiesta La Presidente Denise Sanford, El Segundo Vice Presidente Erik Davis, and La Tesorera Angela Miller-Bevan.
Front row (from left to right): Division Chiefs David Bolton (External Relations and Education), Alex Castellanos (Celebrations), Michelle Bischoff (Dance & Entertainment), and Will Powers (Pageantry). Not pictured Jim Wilcox (Marketplaces).
Photo courtesy of Fritz Olenberger


Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to honoring and preserving Santa Barbara’s history, spirit, culture, heritage and traditions.  This 94-year-old organization produces an annual five-day festival -- Fiesta -- that is widely regarded as Santa Barbara’s premier festival.