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Airshow celebrates the wind

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

The first Fiesta del Viento (Party of the Wind) will be held May 4 and 5 in San Miguel de Allende. The fiesta will feature giant kites, aerial shows, and ultralights, along with an exhibit of materials from the Museo Nacional de Aviación from Torreón.

Festival del Viento
May 4 & 5, 10am
San Miguel fair facilities,
Carretera a Doctor Mora
Behind Presidencia building
15 pesos

The Fiesta del Viento is presented by Sanmigueleños Entertainment, an organization that promotes cultural, artistic and recreational activities in the city. Martín Reina, coordinator of the event, said that it is meant to entertain the whole family. The fiesta will include an homage to Escuadrón 201, the “Aztec Eagles,” a group of aviators who defended the sovereignty of the country during the Second World War. According to Reina, among those pilots was Sergeant Luis Pérez Lara, a sanmiguelense, and they will pay tribute to him through an explanation and exhibit about the formation of the squadron.

The event will take place at the fairgrounds on the road to Dr. Mora. The festivities will begin at 10am and go on as late as possible both days. Tickets cost 15 pesos; this price includes access to a workshop where everyone can create kites, planes, helicopters or darts made of paper. The best-constructed planes can be entered in a contest and judged on duration of flight, distance covered and acrobatics.

The organizers will hold games for children and families such as tug of war, hide and seek, potato sack races, musical chairs, bingo and freeze tag, among others. After dark, illuminated model planes and helicopters will fly over the fairgrounds. This fiesta, according to its organizer, will generate 120 temporary jobs, and around 5,000 visitors are expected. For more information, go to


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