Almuñecar's August Fair gets off to a flying start

FESTIVAL SPIRIT: People flock to the fairgrounds for the annual festivities.

HUNDREDS of locals and visitors have already had the chance to get into the ‘feria’ spirit, in what has been credited as the most important fair of the Costa Tropical: the Almuñecar August Fair. 

For the fifth year in a row, and until August 15, the town’s fairgrounds have been awash with music, flamenco and festivities. The fair was opened on Monday by Mayor of the town Trinidad Herrera, who is pictured on the Front Page unveiling a plaque displaying the words ‘Feria de dia’ or ‘Day-time fair’, which is being held for the first time ever this year. 

There is still plenty of time to enjoy the 22 different venues hosted by sports associations, brotherhoods and local restaurants and bars, offering all kinds of food and drink.

In an especially thoughtful move and to combat the extreme heat, the town council has set up an irrigation system on the facilities’ ceiling, which drizzles a fine mist of water to refresh participants. 

The culmination of this event will take place on Saturday, August 15, with the maritime procession of the patron saint, Virgen de la Antigua, at 8pm, accompanied by the municipal music band. The effigy of the virgin will be put into a boat at 10.30pm at San Cristobal beach, with a big finale consisting of a massive fireworks’ display at 11.30pm. 

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