All the fun of the fair

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Departamento de Prensa Ayuntamiento de Almuñecar

PEOPLE from all over the Axarquia will be flocking to La Herradura for all the fun of the fair.

Dozens of activities have been organised by Almuñecar Council for La Herradura’s traditional fair in honour of its patron saint, San Jose, which will take place between March 18 and 22.

The inauguration will take place on March 18 at 1pm in Calle Eucalipto, where the council will provide a glass of wine.

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After that, a ‘Gigantes y Cabezudos’ (Giants and Big-heads) parade will take to the streets at 3.45pm from the Civic Centre, accompanied by band Charanga Quinientos. Sports events will be held from 5pm until 7pm.

Two flamenco shows will take place in the Municipal Fair tent at the local fairgrounds at 8pm and at 8.30 in the Official Festivities tent.

Fireworks will illuminate the sky from 10pm, accompanied by music.

On March 19 at 12.30pm, a concert will be held in the San Jose Church square, featuring Almuñecar’s Historical Music Band.

The Feria de Dia (day-time fair) will be held from 1pm in Calle Eucalipto, where participants will be able to enjoy live music performances.

At 5pm, in Playa del Carbon, there will be a dressage exhibition and other horse-related activities.

The patron saint procession will take place at 8pm.

March 20 holds surprises for children, as there will be craft and face-painting workshops, story-telling, music and dance activities at the Civic Centre.

At 4pm, the Local Police and other forces will parade with police dogs at the sports centre near the beach.

Exhibitions will be held from 5.30pm at different points in the town, such as La Herradura Castle, Playa del Carbon and the Official Festivities tent in the fairgrounds.

On Saturday 21 at 12pm, a bicycle ride organised by the Cycling Club of La Herradura will depart from Plaza de la Independencia.

Sunday 22 is known as ‘Children’s Day’, as the younger ones benefit from discounts given on attractions.

A flamenco performance especially designed for senior citizens will be held at 10.30pm in the Official Festivities tent at the fairgrounds.

Festivities will end at midnight with the ‘traca final’ a fireworks finale as a closing ceremony for the traditional celebrations.

The complete list of events can be found at http://www.almunecar.info/. More information at the tourist office in Almuñecar, 958 631 125.

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