Old Spanish Days Announces 2019 Leadership Team for 95th Fiesta. La Presidenta Barbara Carroll to lead historic organization
SANTA BARBARA, CA – October 18, 2018 – Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the leadership team for Fiesta 2019. The elected team includes: La Presidenta Barbara Carroll; El Primer Vice Presidente Erik Davis; La Segunda Vice Presidenta Stephanie Petlow; El Secretario David Bolton; El Teserero Alex Castellanos; Division Chief of Celebrations Michelle Bischoff; Division Chief of Dance & Entertainment Andrea Caplan; Division Chief of External Relations Angelique Davis; Division Chief of Marketplaces Angela Miller-Bevan; and Division Chief of Pageantry Will Powers.
“I’m truly honored to represent Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara,” said La Presidenta Barbara Carroll, “I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and Fiesta has been a huge part of my life since I was a small child. Some of my earliest memories are of the Fiesta parade.” “I love helping put on Fiesta every year for the community, and I have enjoyed participating ever since I was a Flower Girl.”
Now in its 95thyear, Fiesta is unique among festivals in that it is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by only one full-time staff member. The Board of Directors annually elects an El Presidente or La Presidenta who presides over the Board and serves as the general manager of the organization. The Primer Vice Presidente is responsible for the operations of the entire organization and the Segundo Vice Presidente is responsible for raising the funds that allow the historical festival to continue. The Division Chiefs oversee all of the volunteer committees that support 19 official Old Spanish Days events and activities in 14 venues city-wide.
In 2019 the event will take place in various locations around the city starting July 31st through August 4th. First held in 1924, Fiesta celebrates a period of romance and hospitality through pageantry, dance, music, costume, and cuisine.
Photo caption: Front row: Will Powers, Erik Davis, David Bolton, Alex Castellanos. Back row: Andrea Caplan, Stephanie Petlow, Barbara Carroll, Angelique Davis, Michelle Bischoff. Not pictured, Angela Miller-Bevan.
Division Chief, External Relations