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Famaganza returns for annual celebration of Month of the Military Child

By Robert Goetz | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | March 22, 2019


Famaganza, a springtime festival that has been a fixture at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph for more than two decades, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at JBSA-Randolph Youth Programs on Main Circle, buildings 584 and 585. 

An event that celebrates the Month of the Military Child, Famaganza appeals to children and adults with activities ranging from face painting and games to military working dog demonstrations. It also features information booths that provide a wealth of information about resources available at JBSA and in the surrounding community.

“Each year we strive to grow our event to make it bigger and better than the last,” said Andrea Black, JBSA-Randolph Youth Programs program director. “Any services that we can provide to our military families in support of their careers and individual success is of utmost importance. Youth Programs is part of the 502nd Force Support Squadron, and we dedicate ourselves to the service of our armed forces service members.”

Youth programs works with multiple organizations and vendors to coordinate a fun and informative festival where military families can meet and greet each other while enjoying games, interactive information booths, a petting zoo, snow cones, food and more, Black said.

“This event also kicks off the start of JBSA-Randolph’s baseball, softball and T-ball season,” she said. “Baseball, softball and T-ball players will be introduced during the event’s opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.”

Also during the opening ceremony, Youth Programs’ Youth of the Year will be honored with a plaque, Black said.

Scheduled activities during the day are lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a 902nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog demonstration at 11:30 a.m., a dance class performance at noon, the fourth annual hot dog eating contest at 12:45 p.m., and a Youth Programs fashion show and talent showcase at 1:15 p.m. Attendees will also have a chance to win door prizes – gift cards – by getting their Famaganza brochure stamped at 12 booths and completing a survey.

Information booths set up on Youth Programs’ grounds will represent JBSA helping agencies, medical units and professional groups as well as organizations from the greater San Antonio area. Many of the booths will offer giveaways and demonstrations.

The event is free to families of Department of Defense cardholders.