Dancers at the San Marcos Fair. Dancers at the San Marcos Fair.

Two states are hosting big fairs this month

San Marcos Fair in Aguascalientes is Mexico's biggest

Many Mexican fairs may claim to be big in terms of visitors or revenue, but the undisputed place of honor belongs to the San Marcos Fair in the city of Aguascalientes, with an estimated 8 million people visiting the 90-hectare fairgrounds that include an artificial lake.

The 190-year-old fair, which began today, offers many activities but cockfighting and bullfighting are among the most popular.

Celebrated for the first time around harvest time in 1828, it is now organized around April 25, the Feast Day of Saint Mark the Evangelist.

Visitors can expect commercial stands, a midway, concerts and live theater, a livestock fair and a rodeo.

The San Marcos Fair concludes on May 6.

One of the fairs that claims to be Mexico’s second largest is now under way in Puebla.

The Puebla State Fair began this week, a big, month-long event that state tourism authorities say is the second largest in Mexico.

The fair expects to attract more than 1.3 million people with its more than 400 commercial stands, carnival games, a midway, food, a livestock show and free and paid entertainment shows and concerts.

The list of events rounding up the fair’s offerings also includes a French film festival — the fair’s special guest country is France, a cultural show highlighting the nine Magic Towns in the state, a classic circus show, a lucha libre fighting event, a soccer tournament, a planetarium film festival and a motocross race.

The fair is located at the Centro Cívico in the area where the Loreto and Guadalupe forts are found.

The fair generated revenues last year of 480 million pesos (US $26.6 million).

The fair is open on weekdays from 11:00am to 10:00pm, and on weekends from 10:00am to 11:00pm, and it runs until May 13.

Source: El Sol de Puebla (sp)

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