SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo City is getting ready to Fiesta.
For three hours a week inside the King William District, nearly 60 volunteers are hard at work making cascarones and paper flowers for Fiesta.
"We do all the eggs for NIOSA for our 4-day event...This year we had a quota. We were going for 50,000 and we've gone over, which is 53,480 eggs," Maureen Berryman, Chairperson of the Cascarones Committee said.
Volunteers said there's no precise way to paint a cascaron.
"Don't roll them on paint] too hard or they break. Roll them. Roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em!" said volunteer, Angelica Teneyuca.
These volunteers get creative, too. They paint using any and every color on the spectrum.
Next to the cascarones volunteers are crafters of the beautiful paper flowers.
"When cutting the flowers you have to cut them into a shape," volunteer of 25 years, Jerry Yarbrough said,
These crafters are termed "Flower Fluffers."
Expert tip: You know you made your paper flower wrong if it looks like cabbage or lettuce.
Throughout the year, all decorations are stored underground in what used to be an indoor swimming pool inside the River House behind the Edward Steves Homestead.
"All this will be taken down to La Villita on Sunday and then on Monday the ladies come in to each section and they will begin to put it up. Each booth will have flowers decorating the front," volunteer, Harry Wright said.
So the next time you're walking through NIOSA or cracking cascarones with friends and family, remember this colorful group and their dedication to make this year's Fiesta the best one yet.
Once this year's Fiesta is over, the group gets a couple of weeks off before crafting all over again at the end of April or beginning of May.
"That's one of the most important parts of our jobs, to give back to the community," De Hoyos said.
If you're interested in volunteering with the Conservation Society Fiesta decorators, they work Thursdays inside the River House behind the Steves Homestead in King William from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
If you have more questions , the NIOSA office located at 227 S Presa Street or contact them at (210)226-5188.
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