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A sunny crowd gathered along the rolling hillside of Lockwood Park on N. Hackberry and Hays Saturday afternoon for the 8th Annual Dignowity Hill Pushcart Derby.
In all, 10 adult teams and 3 kid teams competed in 8 heats at the free event. Past and present Bowden Elementary students, like Jonathan, Samuel, Dennis, and Andy -- among others -- were pushing for the "Luchadores" entry. The school's vice principal, Gregorio Velazquez, placed first last year. He passed on his concept and his support to the students, and now serves as the Luchadores' costumed sponsor.
"The Dignowity Hill Push Cart Derby is a one-of-a-kind event that only occurs in East San Antonio," said Councilwoman Taylor. "Residents are able to see the brilliant creative talents of local artists through their concepts of push carts and mingle with fellow neighbors that take pride in their community-all of which make the experience unique and unforgettable for all."
This year the Pushcart Derby was held in conjunction with a community reveal of Texas Public Radio's Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper campaign that resulted in the construction of a new terraced seating feature for Lockwood.
Dignowity Hill, located immediately east of downtown, and is one of 27 locally designated historic districts in San Antonio. Named after Czech immigrant, physician, writer and public official, Anthony Michael Dignowity, it is also listed in the National Historic Registry of Neighborhoods.
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