Old Spanish Days has announced their 2019 leadership team responsible for spearheading organization operations as well as the events and activities at the upcoming 95th Fiesta in Santa Barbara.
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.
The 2019 La Presidenta Barbara Carroll said in a statement:
“I’m truly honored to represent Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara. 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.”
Fiesta 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 allows 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.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2019 will take place from July 31st through August 4th.