San Miguel Fair 2012 will be “the best of this administration”
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The Fiestas Patrias y Patronales (Mexican Independence and Saint Michael Archangel celebrations) will take place from September 15 through October 16 in San Miguel de Allende. Recently, the city council published a call for service providers to find carnival owners interested in organizing the San Miguel Fair 2012. The selected bidder must pay two million pesos to the municipality and guarantee the quality of the rides and musical performances. This fair, according to the assistant mayor, Claudio Mayer, “will be the best fair of this administration.”
The summons was published on Wednesday, July 18, and anyone interested can present a proposal. “It is not a concession, it is a contract for offering services,” said the assistant mayor, who also commented that the city council had been talking about the best way to organize this event for a long time. “This year, we agreed to publish a public call. This year the municipality will not pay for this service, but the organizer will have to pay two million pesos to the administration. This has been done in other municipalities and has been very successful.” The municipality will pay all the municipal taxes.
According to Mayer, the selected organizer must follow several regulations from the municipality, such as agreeing to charge an entrance fee of 30 pesos. The organizers will be allowed to hold a palenque (a festival with music and cockfights) and corridas de toros (bullfights) to recover their investment and collect the two million pesos for the local government. The concerts at the Teatro del Pueblo, said Mayer, must be of high quality. At the last fair, in 2011, several citizens complained about the VIP area located at the Teatro del Pueblo. He made it clear that the municipality guarantees that the VIP zone will be smaller this year in order to allow the majority of attendees to have a good spot in the general-admission area for enjoying the show and commented that “having a VIP zone is not a bad thing, but there must be some guideline stated by the municipality. The organizer must recover his investment.”
The council of the Patron Saint Festivities will be sworn in during the next city council meetings, and the assistant mayor said that “residents will be thrilled with the festivities. We have the money for a spectacular ending, and locals and visitors will enjoy the festivities as they have never enjoyed them. We are working so hard because the people deserve it.” Finally, he said that the fair at a certain point could be managed as a concession in order to guarantee continuity during the three years of each administration. “This has some advantages,” he said, and he hopes that the citizens, not just the 12 members of the city council, can discuss that topic when the next administration takes office.