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The Santa Fe Fiesta Council is a volunteer organization created by the Official Fiesta Proclamation of our city forefathers on September 16, 1712.

Council
Officers
History
Past Devargas
Past Queens
Fiesta Song
Memorials
Council

Today the Santa Fe Fiesta Council is comprised of 100 regular members and 20 representatives of civic organizations and businesses. This group of people has a common interest to promote, manage and perpetuate the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe for the benefit of the City of Santa Fe, its citizens and their descendants. The Fiesta Council enlists the cooperation of the local citizenry, the Catholic Church, the local business community and both the City and County of Santa Fe officials.

The year begins with committee assignments in January and the election of the Fiesta Royalty in April. Fiesta Council members sacrifice many hundreds of hours of their personal time and resources; and in some cases, their annual vacation, to the perpetuation of this annual event.

Virtually all the annual budget is self-generated through arts and crafts shows and food booths, along with dances, carnivals, and financial assistance from citizens and businesses, as well as from grants by the Santa Fe Fiesta Foundation and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission.

Long-range Organizational Plan with Results to Date

The Fiesta Council’s long-range plans are governed by our by-laws filed with the Public Regulation Commission, Corporation Department. We will continue to be a non-profit organization with no dividends or pecuniary profits being declared to its members. The Fiesta Council maintains a 97% membership of its roster and has no plans to change its organization plan. 

The Regular Membership of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council is limited to 100 in number and is open to any citizen of the United States who has attained the age of 21 at the time of application and who demonstrates an interest in the traditions, objectives and activities of the Santa Fe Fiesta. Our Organizational Representatives, appointees of the Archbishop and President of the Council, do not count for determining the numerical limitation of regular membership.

Any local civic/business organization may apply for organizational membership of one person on a yearly basis. They have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as the regular membership and are limited to twenty (20) total organizations.

The Native American community has been an integral part of the history and traditions of the City of Santa Fe, its historic development and its economic, social, and cultural base. As such, the President of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council is empowered to appoint a representative of the Native American community with all rights and privileges.

In recognition of their special contributions to the Santa Fe Fiesta, all past Presidents of the Fiesta Council shall have a special membership with all rights and privileges.

Any person who has faithfully served as a regular member in good standing, and has obtained the age of 60 with 15 years consecutive service, or 20 years consecutive service with no age limit.

Officers

History

pasted image 211x300The historic capital is one of the oldest in the United States. It was established by Don Juan de Oñate at San Gabriel in 1598 and moved over 30 miles south to the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where Santa Fe was founded in 1610. In 1680 the Indians revolted, burned the city and drove out the Spanish colonists, who fled to Guadalupe del Paso, now Juarez, Mexico. They rescued from the burning church the 29-inch wood carved Marian statue, La Conquistadora, originally brought to Santa Fe in 1625 by the missionary, Fray Alonso de Benavides.

don-diego-devargasTwelve years later, the King of Spain appointed Don Diego De Vargas to join the exiles in Guadalupe del Paso and organize a campaign for the resettlement of Santa Fe. He accomplished this difficult and remarkable mission without bloodshed on September 4, 1692. In December of the next year, the Indians resisted when De Vargas returned from a trip to recruit more colonists, so he set up an encampment outside the city near the present site of the Rosario Chapel. The anxious colonist placed La Conquistadora on a makeshift altar and implored her to intercede for the successful re-entry into the town. Before the end of December 1693, De Vargas led his triumphant forces back into the City of the Holy Faith where La Conquistadora was likely enshrined temporarily in the Palace chapel. Crediting the Madonna’s intercession with his victory,   De Vargas is said to have vowed

restoration of her throne in the parish church built by Fray  Benavides in 1692 and destroyed by the Indians in 1680. The General De Vargas died on April 4, 1704 without achieving this goal.

Eight years after the death of De Vargas, Lt. Governor Paez Hurtado who had been one of this Captains and a close friend, influenced city officials to draft a proclamation for an annual celebration commemorating the peaceful 1692 resettlement. The 1712 proclamation establishing the first Fiesta de Santa Fe, was signed by Governor Marquez de La Peñuela. The document specified a mass, vespers, and a sermon, thus setting the religious tone still characterizing modern fiestas. La Conquistadora is among the most venerated Marian figures in the world. She was crowned in 1954 by Cardinal Francis Spellman and again in 1960 by an apostolic representative of Pope John XXIII. Her golden crown is studded with precious stones, including a three-carat diamond. Her extensive wardrobe includes an exquisite lace mantilla from Sevilla Spain and an elaborate costume fashioned from ancient French vestments found in the old Cathedral museum. They appear to be of the secular and American periods of Bishop Lamy’s clergy. And so it is that La Conquistadora, a conqueror of hearts, and De Vargas, a conquistador of the new world, join forces to inspire our unique and enduring celebration, la Fiesta de Santa Fe, a time of prayer, rejoicing and hospitality for all.

Past Devargas

2013
Jason Jaime Lucero

2012
Lee Anthony Garcia y Dominguez

2011
Andy Lee Lopez

2010
Manuel Garcia

2009
Ernesto Francisco

2008
Anastacio Trujillo

2007
David Trujillo

2006
Jamie Dean

2005
Ernesto Santistevan

2004
Jose Marguez

2003
Ruben Aragon

2002
JOdy Oritz

2001
Paul Tapia

2000
Carmichael Dominguez

1999
Tommy Trujillo

1998
Kevin Miller

1997
Carlos Fiero

1996
Sevastian Gurule

1995
Jeremy Rodriguez

1994
Ronald S. Trujillo

1993
Robert Lujan

1992
Peter De Vargas

1991
Gerlado Gonzales

1990
Marcos Tapia

1989
Javier Gonzales

1988
James Rivera

1987
Fernando Rivera

1986
Jose Morfin

1985
Oliver Holmes

1984
Art Gurule

1983
Antonio Ortega

1982
David Pike Romero

1981
Joe Ruiz

1980
David Rodriguez

1979
Christopher Martinez

1978
Orlando Gallegos

1977
Santiago Romero

1976
Joe Roybal

1975
Alex Castellano

1974
Antonio "Tony Lopez"

1973
Tino Chavez

1972
Gilbert Mares

1971
Carlos Gallegos

1970
Gilbert Martinez

1969
David Segura

1968
Rudy "Froggy" Fernandez

1967
Phillip Trujillo

1966
Arturo Jaramillo

1965
Isidro Gonzales

1964
Larry Moya

1963
E.J. Martinez Jr.

1962
Jose Gonzales

1961
George Gonzales

1960
Fernando Delgado

1959
Fred Garcia

1958
Edmundo Delgado

1957
A.B. Martinez Jr.

1956
Alex Padilla

1955
Edward Moya Jr.

1954
Benny Chavez

1953
Frank Gomez

1952
Benny Padilla

1951
Sen.Joseph M. Montoya

1950
Pete Gabaldon

1949
Bennie Salazar

1948
Meliton Sandoval

1944
Robert Valdez

1943
John G. Valdez Jr.

1941
J. Alfonso Armijo

1938-39
Herman Baca

1933
Marcelino Apodaca

1929
Co. Jose D. Sena

1921
Capt. Emory Moore

 

Past Queens

2013
Kristy Ojinaga y Borrego

2012
Jenae Monique Cisneros y Roybal

2011
Samantha Tapia y Olguin

2010
Danielle Renee Chavez y Romero

2009
Victoria Felicea Mora & Sanchez

2008
Angelica Marie Armijo

2007
Theresa Rodriguez

2006
Jessica Anne Librada Lucero & Lucero de Goday

2005
Jennifer Richardson y Garcia

2004
Vanessa Melanie CdeBaca

2003
Michella Padilla

2002
Monica E. Gallegos y Trujillo-Padilla

2001
Vanessa M. Gallegos-Bibiano

2000
Vanessa L. Mascarenas

1999
Elizabeth R. Lovato

1998
Donna M. Barela-Gurule

1997
Elena M. Chavez-Tercero

1996
Reyna Garcia

1995
Marlene Acosta

1994
Carolee J. Friday-Santistevan

1993
Amanda Sue Quintana-Bowles

1992
Contessa Aragon-Serna

1991
Donna Marie Garcia-Lesher

1990
Jennifer Juliet Manzanares-Herrera

1989
Elizabeth Davidson-Arellano

1988
Loretta Madrid-Rael

1987
Maria A. Baca-Markham

1986
Bernadette M. Ortega

1985
Valerie Medrano-Garcia

1984
Anna Marie Ortiz-Gonzales

1983
Karmella Borrego-Gonzales

1982
Anna Elena Tapia

1981
Donita Sena

1980
Elizabeth Angela Roybal

1979
Charlene A. Lopez-Clayton

1978
Linda Marie Romero-Esquibel

1977
Deborah K. Romero-Borrego

1976
Maria Diana Sanchez-Gonzales

1975
Diana Maria Alvarez

1974
Carla Yolanda Aragon

1973
Karmella M. Pacheco Miera

1972
Linda Marie Borrego

1971
Elizabeth C. Rivera-Gonzales

1970
Matilde M. Herrera-Perez

1969
Juanita Theresa Gonzales-Ortega

1968
Lorencita Elizabeth Abeyta

1967
Maria Cordelia Matinez

1966
Rosa Marie Romero-Sanchez

1965
Maria Isabel Martinez-Sandoval

1964
Yolanda Maria Pacheco Hodgson

1963
Maria Montoya-Rigg

1962
Antonio Loyola Lucero-Pacheco

1961
Maria Irene Lucille Lopez

1960
Sylvia Carillo

1959
Sylvia Roybal de Onis

1958
Mary Ester Garcia-Bertram

1957
Maria Cordelia Matinez

1956
Angelina Eloisa Ortiz

1955
Roberto "Bobbi" Quintana-Gallegos

1954
Angelina Oyaca-Koontz

1953
Christella Romero-Noedel

1952
Maria Rosina Casados-Schutz

1951
Jean Gutierrez-Rodriguez

1950
Maria Pino-Ortiz

1949
Anita Romero-Jones

1948
Elizabeth "Betty" Serna-Cardenas

1947
Pauline Padilla-Martinez

1946
Lucy Romero-Chavez

1945
Maria Socorro Lopez-Garcia

1944
Consuelo "Peaches" Alarid-Collins

1943
Pita Tapia-Gonzales

1942
Natividad Quintana-Chilester

1941
Clarita "Clara" Garcia

1940
"Cuca" Romero-Gonzales

1939
Mary CdeBaca-Ulibarri

1938
Reynalda Ortiz-Pino-Dinkel

1936-37
Orlinda P. Rodriguez

1934
Lecha Delgado

1933
Maria Isabel Sena

1927
Amalia Sena-Sanchez

 

 

Fiesta Song

Fiesta Song

One of the most notable sounds of Santa Fe Fiesta is the Fiesta Song. Click the play button below to listen the mp3 file.

Santa Fe Fiesta Song (Spanish)

Music by Billy Palau, SPanish Lyrics by Johnny Valdes, Jr.

Santa Fe, tus fiestas de Septiembre

Se Celebran en la capital

Con Zozobra quemando las penas

Ya kas fiestas van a comenzar

Tus mujeres llenas de alegria

Pregonando van su nuevo amor

A a luz de grandes luminarias

Van cantando con placer esta cancion

 

Si Senor, como nom, vamonos al vacilon

A bailar y gozar de esta linda poblacion

 

Santa Fe Fiesta Song (English)

 

Msuic by Billy Palau, English Lyrics by Avalee Turner.

 

In old Santa Fe we have La Fiesta

'Tis the time for singing, dance and play

On this day we do not take la siesta 

While Zozobra burns the gloom away

Steel guitars are softly strumming music

Senorita, come along with me

Luminarias all are shining brightly 

At the baile, fancy costumes you will see

 

Si Senor, como no, let's go out and have some fun

And we'll see Santa Fe in Conquistadores way

 

Memorials

In Loving Memory Of

Fred Garcia - Larry Moya - Josephine Bradshaw -Fay Lucero

John Alderette - Tony Armijo - TonyBlea - Marcella Rivera

Rosemarie Alderette – Marie Sandoval – Sorada Montoya

Carmen Oyaca - Frank Johnson – Clarita Maestas

Armando Benavidez - Pita Montoya – Bennie Herrera

Rita Campos Melady - Larry Blea - Josephine "Josie" Jaramillo

Luis Gonzales