At the Fair

This is the month, in which all the antigüeños, begin the countdown for the day at the fair. On July 25th, the city of La Antigua celebrates its patron – Santiago de los Caballeros (St. James). As part of this celebration, the fair arrives in La Antigua (and later on moves to its surrounding aldeas).

I pass near the Pólvora – the place where all the mechanical games are built – with my son, to see how little by little the Chicago wheel, the cableway or the famous gusanito (little worm) appear to be coming along. Since I was a kid I looked forward to the day at the fair, with a knot in my stomach because of the excitement, I went hand in hand with my mom and sister’s, walking through the crowd so we could go on all the rides.

The fair at night is spectacular, with the lights of the Chicago wheel moving on circles; with the sound of laughs and screams in the background and the smell of cotton candy invading our senses.
My feet got dirty, and if it was raining, they got muddy; but I was happy. Three years ago I celebrated my birthday at the fair, with my friends and my oldest son; and everyone had an amazing time. It is because all the adrenaline makes you remember the emotions of being a kid and everything amazes you all over again. The fair is just that, it is the place where you can be a kid again.
On July 25th, you will have the chance to feel that way again. Go to the fair, eat a cotton candy, a churro, play cincos (little glass balls) or target shooting; and then go on the chicago wheel, you’ll thank me!


Written by: Jullisa Carrillo


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