Fair City

by yudaica2013 ·

The Jerez fair had its origins in the reign of Alfonso X the wise. The King granted the town two annual fairs, the first about the month of May was the buying and selling of cattle. The fairs with the passage of the years began to acquire a more playful than commercial character, finally reaching the fair may become the horse and fair in September in the autumn or harvest celebrations. In the early 20th century, Jerez clubs and wineries begin to install the first booths at the fair. Each month of may at the Real de la Feria the jerezanos flocked to its fair admire the most spectacular hooks as well as the most beautiful copies equines that paraded along the main promenade the livestock tradition of fair and innate love of horses in the city. Today, the horse fair is the showcase of the city to the world since it is a declared fiesta of international tourist interest and it has become the feast of greater importance of the city filling hotels to be visited by tourists from many parts of the world that they enjoy the horse, food, music and good atmosphere.

And is that the fair with the passage of time remain its color and flavor to the authentic Andalusia, in this case the topics if they are certain and guitar, the wine, the singing and dancing are the essence of the fair. During the fair the city seems not to sleep, people live on the street many wearing the costumes of the area, the short suit for man and Flemish women’s costume. This week can be seen riding horse by its main avenues, next to cars of horses on the way to the fair where move to be enjoyed by walkers. The feria del caballo normally elapses in early may, after the April fair of Seville. It is classic place is the Parque Gonzalez Hontoria where more distributed 200 booths are assembled to form broad avenues that engalanen the walk of horsemen and horsewomen about horses and the typical hooks.

Unlike Seville, this fair has the particularity that the private booths are prohibited so that the Jerez and visitors can enjoy of all environments. The fair is very flirtatious and cared for, the houses compete boldly for being the best decorated and adorned all complemented with a magnificent lighting is turned on the first Domingo de Feria at 10 in the evening with all pomp. Wine was the traditional drink Jerez fair, as it could not be otherwise, but now it has become very popular mixing fine wine with soda, which gives as a result the famous rebujito which is ideal to cool off from the heat of the day and the efforts of all party. Parallel to the fair are held in the city of Jerez equestrian programmes as competition of jumps, dressage, Doma Vaquera, harassment and demolition, equestrian Raid, contest of entanglement and other causes. During these days, Jerez is the capital of the horse world.


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