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Hello friends and colleagues, today I offer a view inside a booth of the fair of my city, is a place where people gather to eat and drink typical food of Jerez, also dance the unique dance called Sevillana. 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.

It arose from the 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 fair lúdica abierta 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 in Seville (which in turn takes place based on 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) horses parade with their riders who, as before, 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.

The Fair currently has more than 250 booths, each with its particular atmosphere and gastronomic specialties
Most of the booths compete in the competitions of best cover and better decoration.
The typical drinks of the fair of Jerez are the fragrant and the fine wine, that the less purists like to mix the latter with lime sodas, a combination known as rebujito.
The most usual daytime clothing at the Fair is the short dress, if you ride a horse, and a gypsy dress (or flamenco dress) for women, and half-tag at night.
The gastronomy is very varied, but focusing on the fried fish and typical stews, such as the bull's tail, 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.

Following Mayor Pedro Pacheco's ban on the existence of the private fair booth, the mythical González Byass booth 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. In addition, 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 a stand explicitly LGBT.
Source Wikipedia.

Make: SONY
Model: DSC-W170
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/1000 sec
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 125
Focal Length: 15.9 mm
Date Taken: 2008-01-09 18:27
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
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