The King William Fair will celebrate its 50th year in 2017!  We are looking for neighbors who grew up in King William, especially those still involved in the neighborhood.  Our theme and focus for the Parade and Fair is a celebration of the past 50 years.  We plan to honor those folks with an invitation to be our honored guests in the Parade.  

If you are one of those people or you know a family member, neighbor or friend who grew up in the neighborhood, please contact us at 210-271-3247 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Need some King William Fair merchandise?  Our online store is up at www.cafepress.com/kwfair. There is a mousepad with the perennial logo and lots of great 2016 collectibles, mugs, glasses, water bottles and beer steins.  Keep checking, as the 2017 collectibles will be added soon! 

- Zet Baer, Fair Manager

King William Fair Travel Mug

The Fair staff is busy preparing for the upcoming Home Tour and Holiday Fair. It seems a little taste of Fiesta in December might just be a good thing! So join us on December 3 as we kick off the 50th celebration of the King William Association. And as we gear up for the 50th Fair on April 29, we are planning for some new and exciting activities to make this the best Fair yet. We will preview our fun 2017 logo by artist Zane Thomas at the December 7 membership meeting.

Now we’d like to introduce our newest member of the Fair team, Noah Peterson. Noah is an upbeat, diligent, high energy, creative thinker, and organizer who also happens to be a delightful, emotional saxophonist. He’s been a section leader, sideman, band leader, composer, arranger, producer and business manager for blues, funk, rock, folk, gospel, avant-garde, West African marimba, reggae, pop, jazz, Zydeco, easy listening and jam bands.

With 20 years’ experience in planning festivals, programming, concerts, tours, promotions, music/TV production and media relations, Noah has exhibited the ability to build relationships and business opportunities within local and regional markets. He is experienced in social media platforms and a variety of web editors, and all the many aspects of running a small business.

Noah grew up in Billings, MT and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1991 joining the Marine Music Program. This experience, performing over 400 shows and logging 60,000 travel miles a year, gave him great insight and skills into what it takes to organize and maintain a group on the move. From the Marines he went to...

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The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the King William Fair on September 27 during the annual Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at IFEA’s 61st Annual Convention, where it received the Bronze Award for Best Pin/Medal in the prestigious IFEA/ Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition . King William Fair Manager, Zet Baer, CFEE, was on hand to receive it. Awards were made in 68 different categories.

The 2016 King William Fair pin/medal was designed by San Antonio artist and Blue Star Complex business owner, Robert Tatum. Clearly, judges were impressed by the playful nature of the design with a celebratory “George the Duck” playing guitar in a tasseled cowboy hat with a traditional ionic column, all surrounded in colorful glitter.

The professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the St. Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO; the International Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.; the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, CA; the Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA; and Celebrations Ottawa in Ottawa, ON, Canada.

The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and...

Read more: King William Fair Awarded Pinnacle Bronze Award

It’s a wrap, folks!  On May 26, we gathered up some of the 2016 King William Fair troops to Beethoven Maennerchor Halle und Garten and celebrated with those who dedicated their valuable time and incredible talents to make this the best Fair we have had to date! 
Although the Fair had close to 1,000 volunteers, there were some exceptional people we wanted to reward for their commitment, experience and positive performances.  We also wanted them to know that our community appreciates their efforts to preserve and enhance the King William Historic District.  Neighboring businesses and those beyond our boundaries donated their services and products to recognize these amazing individuals.

Read more: King William Fair 2016 Wrap-Up

Congratulations to the outstanding artists who won this year’s Art and Craft awards!  We had a wonderful group of talented artists, and it was challenging to make these selections.  Thanks to all who participated in the 2016 King William Fair, and to Nancy and Chris Price who served as our volunteer Art and Craft Managers!

Best Fiesta Spirit: Emmanuel SA Artist, Martin Rangel

Martin Rangel was born in San Antonio and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Incarnate Word.  Rangel is fascinated by iconic people and symbols of different generations throughout the past and present and how they evoke different meanings in different people.  Images contained in his works include Mission San José, a bottle of Mexican Coke, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Bruce Lee, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, just to name a few.  Abstraction and representation, cultural and educational experiences, and his own personal foundations all blend in his mind, allowing Rangel to create works of art that bring an emotion or memory to viewers.  To view his artwork, visit emmanuelsa.com.  

Read more: King William Fair 2016 Art & Craft Awards

This year’s King William Fair Parade Awards Team – Robert Young, Doane Derricks (KW residents and new Fair/Parade volunteers), Sarah Cooper and John Milam (Parade photographer and assistant) – had a hard time choosing from all the great entries, and insisted that the Parade participants deserved this many awards!  

The Awards Team also wanted a special award for the Alamo City Roller Girls.  While technically not a Parade entry, they do expertly organize the Parade line-up and flow, and skate the whole route.  

  • Best in Show:  Slab Cinema
  • Best Kids’ Entry:  School of Science and Technology - Discovery
  • Best Visuals:  Pi Arts of San Antonio
  • Most Entertaining:  M.O.S.T. Mermaids of South Town
  • Most Comedic:  La Tuna’s Selenas
  • Best Outreach:  Girls Inc.
  • Best on Wheels:  Brotherhood of the Coast
  • Outstandingest:  Order of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez
  • Best Animals:  Fiesta 4 Paws
  • Best Live Music:  Huppertz and Fenwich Elementary Choir & Drums
  • Best Musicality:  Pride Show Band of San Antonio
  • Special Award for Biggest Heart:  Alamo City Roller Girls – THE Parade Wranglers!

For more award photos please check out the web page: kwfair.org/parade.

- Sue Duffy
Chief Parade Wrangler

The 2016 King William Parade’s theme was “Geeks in the ‘Hood,” and we were honored by the presence of Michael Girdley (former resident and Fair Chair) as our Grand Marshal with his Geeky Honor Guard from Codeup (San Antonio’s premier coding boot camp), and Geekdom.  Many of the participating groups took up the theme in their own sometimes peculiarly geeky way: music geeks, art geeks, book geeks, history nerds, Guide Dog geeks. 

Read more: King William Fair Parade 2016 – Geek Version

Stroll down the calm, shady streets of the historic King William neighborhood, and you’ll be transported to the 19th century by the sight of beautifully restored, Victorian-era homes and well-tended gardens.  You won’t see many people about, maybe a few neighbors in their yards and a handful of tourists with walking maps in hand.  But one Saturday in April each year, the scene changes drastically as a teeming swarm of approximately 40,000 visitors overrun the neighborhood (normally home to fewer than 250 households and businesses) to celebrate the King William Fair.

Read more: A Lighter Footprint

Israel S. Ramirez knows our neighborhood well. He is the one responsible for planning and installing the street closure barricades on Fair weekend.  His knowledge and passion for the Traffic Control industry is truly amazing and we are grateful to have him as part of our team.  Israel started with the King William Fair back in 1972 when he would close off the streets with barricades on his own.  

Read more: Israel Ramirez: Flasher Equipment Providing Safety for Us All

2016 marks the tenth anniversary of Sue Duffy’s volunteer position as Chief Parade Wrangler. She sat down recently with Rose Kanusky to share her story.

R: Your history with the King William Fair is actually much longer than your decade as parade chair. How did it start, especially when you don’t live in Southtown?

S: In the late 80’s through the early aughts, I performed at the Fair with the San Antonio Irish Dancers and various Celtic bands. Around 2003, I was working at the same firm as Tina Garza [a lifetime resident of King William] who asked her co-workers to volunteer for the Fair. I volunteered to work with the parade, and was given the job of organizing the end of the parade during lineup, then marching along with it. 

Read more: Sue Duffy Celebrating 10 Years as Chief Parade Wrangler

n addition to being the primary fundraising event for the King William Association, the King William Fair provides a large umbrella that benefits other local nonprofit organizations of various sizes and purposes. Again this year, the Fair will also support two unique international groups with local ties: Friendship Bridge and Rancheritas Rug Hook Project.

Among the local nonprofits that earn funds from their participation at the Fair are our neighbors at St. Joseph’s and Texas Masonic Lodge No. 8, in addition to the Mission Trail Rotary Club that runs our special Kids Kingdom in Upper Mill Park.  There are also a number of nonprofits, including the Edgewood Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Church of Reconciliation and Celebration Circle, that bring their delicious treats to the Fair as food vendors. 

Read more: Nonprofit Organizations at the Fair

Robert Tatum (aka Tatum) was selected by 2016 Fair Chair Brad Shaw to design the next Fair logo.  Tatum chose to combine a variety of design elements representing the flavor of Fiesta, our King William Fair and neighborhood: George the duck, our San Antonio River, a classic Ionic column, the silly Fiesta hat, a sparkling of glitter and, of course, music! 

Tatum was born in Inglewood, South Central Los Angeles, in 1963.  After studying design and marketing at Pasadena College of Art and Design, he worked at multiple ad agencies in Los Angeles, including Doyle Dane Bernbach, Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, HRLA (Disney), and other graphic design firms. 

Since moving to San Antonio in 1992, Tatum has painted full time and freelanced as a creative director.  He currently runs Tatum Originals Choice Goods at 108 B Blue Star, paints murals and schleps art.

- Zet Baer, Fair Manager

Read more: 2016 King William Fair Artwork Revealed!

Best Fiesta Display: Nicole Gonzales, Sweet Craft Jewelry

Things to eat that you can wear!  Conchas, avocados, maranitos, cupcakes, pizzas, fruits, muffins, corndogs!  Nicole Gonzalez, a 26-year-old native San Antonian, started Sweet Craft in early 2013 and hasn’t looked back.  As a baker, she thought a pair of cupcake earrings would be a great accessory.  Once she started wearing them, requests came in from people who wanted their own.  Eventually Nicole quit real food baking and became a miniature food jewelry baker.  The whole line is designed after many foods and sweets, each hand sculpted by her out of polymer clay.  Nicole loves her work and considers the tiny creations her muse and her passion. 

Read more: 2015 KW Fair Art & Craft Awards

The San Antonio College Student Art Guild has been an official campus club, serving art students for over 30 years. Our goal is to create an environment outside the classroom, for students to pursue creative projects, engage in art critical discourse, and build peer relationships that will nurture their creativity and strengthen the transition from student to professional artist.

As a club, the students meet with an advisor to discuss goals and plan activities for the year. Students are encouraged to bring new ideas to the table. Over recent years, students have participated in Chalk It Up, hosted a booth at the King William Fair, curated exhibits for local galleries like High Wire Arts and Second Saturday/ South Flores galleries. They assisted artist Charles POMPA Harrison at his installation for Luminaria, and juried artworks for Alamo Heights middle school students.

Read more: Best Fiesta Spirit Booth – Art & Craft

Nemo and I were so excited to win Best Booth Display in 2014! I'm so amazed at our King William Fair patrons who love what we do, and they show it. We consider it our “hometown” show, since it’s one of the few festivals we do in San Antonio - it’s like a family reunion for us and we love it. I’ve been attending since I was a child, and the spring wouldn't be the same without it. We’re now going on four years living in a 96 square foot van, still traveling the country living off our art.

Thanks to all who put on this awesome event! We had our best sales year yet.

- Hannah

Whether you actively volunteered or simply dealt with some of the inconveniences surrounding Fair Day, I want to say thanks for helping us, once again, showcase our neighborhood during Fiesta! Despite our event falling at the end of a newly-extended Fiesta schedule and contending with an afternoon Spurs playoff game, our Fair was a huge success and has continued to grow. This would not be possible if not for the hard work of our innumerable volunteers, sponsors and staff.

Read more: Fair Chair Thanks

This month we celebrate and honor the retirement of Susan Rothman, longtime King William resident and King William Fair Coordinator. Susan came to the Fair in September 2009 bringing 20 years' experience working in the for-profit and non-profit sector. Her prior experience in fundraising, interfacing with donors, plus managing staff and volunteers prepared her for similar duties at the Fair. She was originally brought in to focus on increasing sponsorships, and since then she has increased sponsor donations by 250%, not including the many in-kind donations she has facilitated.

Read more: So Long but Not Goodbye!

Moon Dog Shirt Co. is a small home-based company owned by Richard and Judy Kuenstler that has been in business for approximately 30 years hand making and custom making high quality tropical and novelty shirts. Richard does most of the cutting out and Judy does the sewing. Their shirts are made of premium cotton, have matched pockets, yokes in the back, slits on the sides and genuine coconut buttons. Each shirt is cut one at a time with strict attention paid to detail for the best placement of the design. Only about 1,000 shirts are made each year. Happy customers are the best walking advertisement because a well-fitted shirt is always appreciated.

Read more: Fair Spotlight: Moon Dog Shirt Co.

When Rudi Harst moved back to San Antonio in 1979 after a year and a half spent making music in Holland and England, one of the first local gigs he booked was at the original Friendly Spot, located on the corner of Alamo and Beauregard. Performing there regularly alongside bands like The #2 Dinners, The Smith Brothers and Claude Morgan and the Blast, he helped transform the funky, low-key neighborhood ice house into a true hotbed of creative energy.

Read more: Fair Spotlight: Rudi Harst

Growing up as a nomad, Jeremy moved to King William with his wife, Alexis, after several years in New Orleans. As Mark Twain noted, San Antonio is one of the four unique cities in the United States, and so Jeremy and Alexis sought an area of the city that showcased this spirit. Their search landed them in our historic neighborhood. After moving in Jeremy stopped in at the office to pay his membership dues, and right then and there Susan Rothman, Fair Coordinator, enrolled him in volunteering for the Fair. The rest, as they say, is history! Jeremy has served alongside Jack Kent as Environmental Manager, bravely handling trash and recycling for the past two King William Fairs.

Read more: Welcome 2014 Fair Chair, Jeremy Nelson

Thanks to everyone for a great King William Fair! It was a magical time and, despite the rain, everyone I saw had big smiles.

We couldn't do it without the multitude of volunteers, sponsors and supporters. There are too many to name, but your hard work will be repaid in the good that the KWA will be able to do for our community via grants this coming year.
I would especially like to praise the KW staff of Zet Baer, Susan Rothman, Cherise Bell, Monika Perez-Moad and Carol Jackson. They were awesome! If you see any of these women, please give them a big hug!

Finally, this is your first chance to start thinking about volunteering to be Fair Chair for next year. If you’re interested, let us know. It’s a great job, I promise!

Michael Girdley, 2013 Fair Chair

Thanks to These Folks Who Made the 2013 KW Fair a Great Success!

Fair Chair: Michael Girdley
Admissions: Ruben Cuero, Alan Cash, Bill Cogburn
Art & Craft: Max Martinez, Roland Rodriguez
Beverages: George Reihner, Kit Walker, Jim Johnson, Jr.
Enforcement: Mary Helen and Joe Mansbach
Entertainment: Rudi Harst
Environmental: Jack Kent, Jeremy Nelson
Food: Annice Hill, Ginger Ardid, Keith Hill,
Ilse’s Attic: Nancy Diehl
Kids Kingdom: Richard Contreras, Richard Warren, Mission Trail Rotary
Marking: John Hartman, Rose Kanusky, Siboney Diaz-Sanchez
Office: Roslyn Cogburn, Connie & Max Martinez, Mary Ann Ohlenbusch, Deb Mueller, Rosemary Segura, Joe Van Meter, Molly & Harry Shafer, Michael Anderson, Dolores Lopez, Joe Shinner, Penny Abbott, Mark Saenz, Frank Tijerina, Cyndee Conrad, Trinity Walker, Donna Simon, Dina Toland, Deb Field
Parade: Sue Duffy, John Doski, Ryan Orsinger, Jerry Witte, Pat Conroy
Parade/ KW Kids: Naomi Neuburger
Signage: Ed Day, John Doski, Joachim Singelmann
VIP Hosts: Villa Finale
Everything Else: Monty Baer, Eric Guess

- Zet Baer

 

This year, only King William Association members (those who have paid their membership dues for 2013) and those living in the Fair Zone will receive two complimentary admission wristbands for the upcoming King William Fair. Members may also purchase discounted admission wristbands for $6.00 each from the KWA office.

We encourage you to join the King William Association to receive this benefit. There are several levels of membership, starting as low as $10, and with membership you receive two complimentary admission wristbands to the 2013 King William Fair.

All guests attending the Fair will need admission wristbands to enter. If you are having a party, please remind your friends and family that they will need to purchase a wristband in advance (available at the Fiesta Store, 2611 Broadway) or at the gate on Fair day.

KWA Members please note: A separate letter will be mailed with your wristbands on March 29. They will not arrive in your newsletter as they have in past years.

As we look forward to the improvements on S. Alamo Street we must also be mindful of the disruption that this will cause to the flow of traffic in and through our neighborhood.

The Fair staff and Parade Committee recently met with representatives from the City of San Antonio (Public Works and Traffic), SAPD and Bexar County Sheriffs. There was a tremendous amount of brainpower and expertise in the room, which allowed for a very productive time. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the construction along S. Alamo and how it will affect the King William Fair and Parade. All agreed that our primary concern is for the safety and security of residents, participants and Fair visitors.

The project is scheduled to begin November 12 and is expected to last approximately two years. During this time S. Alamo will be closed to through traffic from Probandt to Pereida Streets. Residents and businesses along S. Alamo will have access to their property. VIA will reroute buses to S. Flores.
At this point, we will stay with the parade lineup and route that we used last year. Fair staff will continue to evaluate and monitor the project, communicating with the Project Officer to make sure that the crossings, E. Guenther at S. Alamo and Wickes/Johnson at S. Alamo, will be paved with asphalt in order to maintain a safe thoroughfare. S. Alamo will be open for the flow of pedestrian traffic on Fair day. Work on the entire project will be shut down from April 15 – 28 to allow for Fair and Fiesta preparations.

Again, we know that this interruption to the routes we use to travel to and from the events of our daily lives will present delays and impediments. Please be patient with all involved in the project. In the end, it will all be worthwhile.

- Zet Baer