SPC to host Cultural Fest and Rib Cook-off

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Planners expect 5,000 to attend the 20th anniversary event.

By Richard Montemayor and Karenna Reyna

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

St. Philip’s College will host its 20th annual Cultural Fest and Rib Cook-off 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 23 at the college’s main campus.

Kim Cleveland, sociology sophomore and Student Government Association president, said this is an official Fiesta event.

“We will have Fiesta royalty, El Rey Feo along with his court and Queen of Soul with her court,” Cleveland said.

The rib cook-off is the main event for the festival, and the public can participate in two categories that include beef and pork.

Angela McPherson, student activities chair of Culture Fest, said they have a local celebrity lineup of judges: Darnell White, principal of Sam Houston High School; Alan Warrick II, city councilman for District 2; and David Uminski, hotel management instructor, also this year’s River Walk Prince.

McPherson is hoping for a major turnout this year.

“This is our 20th year celebration so we expect to have at least 5,000 in attendance,” McPherson said.

This event celebrates the heritage and culture of St. Philip’s College and San Antonio, Cleveland said.

The live-music lineup for this year’s culture fest includes various genres of music by local artists, McPherson said.

“Some of the live music that is scheduled to perform at this year’s festival include Los Conquistadores Mariachis, The Lipstick Junkies, a Blondie cover band and Villella, a soul rock band,” McPherson said.

The festival includes games, rides, food booths, crafts and cultural information booths.

St. Philip’s College is at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.

Admission and parking are free.

Shuttle services also will be available from the college’s Southwest Campus, 800 Quintana Road, to the main campus every 30 minutes.

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