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Hello friends and colleagues, today I offer another daily scene in the main street of the fair of Jerez this year. Here are some letters about the fair in my city. I hope you like it.

The Horse Fair is a fair held every May in Jerez de la Frontera (Andalusia, Spain).
Declared of International Tourist Interest by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, it is, along with Easter one of the biggest and most important festival of the city.

Origins:
It arose from equine trade in the Middle Ages, in which cattlemen met to close deals.
A document with the 13 of September of 1481 already specified the location of the origins of the fair: from the Puerta del Real to Francos Street, including the Yerba Square.
The current fair is born from the union of the fair of cattle of Dehesa de Caulina and the ludic fair open to the citizen in 1903.
For many years of the twentieth century was one of the two fairs held in Jerez next to the Harvest Fair in September, which are currently held under another format.

Current trade show:
The Horse Fair is celebrated one week after the Feria de Abril (Feria de la Caballo) is held in Seville (which is celebrated in function of Easter) and before the Romería del Rocio. During the holidays and during the week, (the fair usually has a duration of seven days, although the last years has lasted nine to incorporate the previous weekend) parade horses with their riders who, as of old, are still selling. Throughout the week, only during the day, there is a large parade of horse-drawn carriages along the central streets.
The Fair is currently held in Gonzalez Hontoria Park, a park that combines large areas of landscaped gardens. The main gate of this park is used as the cover of the Fair.

Data:
The Fair currently has more than 250 booths, each with its particular atmosphere and gastronomic specialties
Most of the booths compete in competitions with the best cover and best decoration.
The typical drinks of the fair of Jerez are the fragrant and fine wine, which the less purists like to mix the latter with lime sodas, a combination known as rebujito.
The most usual daytime clothing at Feria is the short dress, if it rides on horseback, and gypsy dress (or flamenco dress) for women, and half-tag at night.
The gastronomy is very varied, but focusing on the fried pescaíto and typical stews, such as the bull's tail, the spaghetti tagarninas, the petite, Jerez de la Frontera and of course the best seafood and slaughter.

The booths are all different, and are usually made of material (not curtains, as in other fairs in the area). Its management is carried out by collectives of the city (companies, sororities, associations, etc.), who use it for their financing either by direct exploitation or by giving it to a professional.

Peculiarities:
Following Mayor Pedro Pacheco's ban on the existence of the private fair booth at the Real, the mythical González Byass house was demolished and the rest of the booths became public, making it fun for everyone who is not Of the area.

Design Competition. Unlike most fairs, which maintain a uniform design of all their huts, the Horse Fair allows each hut to have a different design. Moreover, the city council holds several competitions of booths in each edition: better company booth, improved booth association, better corner booth (because of the difficulty of decorating two flanks), etc.

Retired Day. In recent editions on Monday has been reserved as day of the retiree and discounts are made on attractions so that the elderly can take their grandchildren to them. Likewise, the attractions cost half on Monday. In addition, on Wednesday has been reserved as a day for women.

Gay-Friendly Fair. Because of its open and popular character, the Horse Fair was one of the first fairs in Andalusia to have an explicitly LGTB stand.
Source Wikipedia.

Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/12500 sec
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 32 mm
Date Taken: 2017-05-17 12:27
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 724 k

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