New Fair Has Begun in San Miguel
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The 2014 San Miguel Fair was inaugurated on September 25 and will continue until October 12. Municipal treasurer Jaime Labrada highlighted attractions like a medieval spectacle, wrestlers, rides, and of course the Teatro del Pueblo—an open air space where bands perform. The municipality invested more than two million pesos in the Teatro, just for the pleasure of sanmiguelenses.
Labrada said that this year the local government invested only 50 thousand pesos for maintenance and construction of canals for quicker flow of rainwater at the fairgrounds, located on the road to Dr. Mora. The low cost of maintenance enables the administration to keep the cost of tickets to the fair low (15 pesos). The price includes free rides, a circus, medieval spectacles, and Teatro del Pueblo. Labrada says the local government signed a contract with the ride company stating that of the 15 pesos, 7.5 go to that company and 7.5 go to the local administration.
Other attractions, like the circus, the medieval spectacle, and the wrestling spectacles, are paid for with the money the municipal treasury collects from the rental of stands selling alcohol (36 thousand pesos per space), more than 40 stands selling miscellaneous products (6 thousand pesos per stand), food stands, and other vendors, who pay a specific rate for selling their products at the fair. The investment for the Teatro del Pueblo was 2 million pesos. Labrada made it clear that this fair is not profitable for the local government since all the money is invested in entertainment for local citizens. This year, the organizers are expecting attendance of 200 thousand people—40 thousand more than last year.
The Teatro del Pueblo will take place daily at 8pm with local musicians, followed by renowned Mexican bands and singers at 10pm. The latest entertainer to confirm her participation in this fair was Edith Márquez, famous for her unique voice as well as for singing Mexican regional music, who will perform on October 3. Her greatest pop hits are “Mi error, my fantasia,” “Acostúmbrame al cielo,” and “Quién te cantará.” In her more recent album, Márquez performs Mexican songs, such as “Hasta que amanezca” and “Como tu mujer,” and includes features with the iconic Vicente Fernández and legendary Marco Antonio Solis.
Check the calendar for bands and their performance dates in Qué Pasa.