86 F
Thursday, May 26, 2022

2018 Yucatan Fair at Xmatkuil exceeds 2 million visitors

Daily shows for the whole family continued for nearly 4 weeks

Latest headlines

New study reveals the stunning cost of corruption in Yucatán

According to a new study by the INEGI, corruption in Yucatán costs the state 9.5 billion pesos a year, the highest in the entire country. 

Yucatán boosts its own unique brand in Europe

Authorities from Yucatán announced a new campaign to promote the state as a destination for European travelers. 

After more than 2 months, why are Mérida’s most iconic monuments still covered in graffiti?

Since the protests held on International Women’s Day back in early March, several of Mérida’s historic monuments remain covered in graffiti. 

Scientists warn some types of sargassum could impact on human health

Large amounts of sargassum are now washing a shore in locations previously relatively untouched by the algae, such as the theme...
Yucatán Magazine
Yucatán Magazine has the inside scoop on living here. Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox every week.

A charrería delights the crowd at the Yucatan state fair. Photo: Courtesy

Merida, Yucatan – Crowds grew on the last day of the state fair Sunday, ending a nearly four-week tradition of rides, shows and games.

The Xmatkuil fair attracted more than 2 million visitors, according to official records. They came from all over the state to fairgrounds in Merida’s south.

April Ferreyro Rosado, a state official in charge of the fair, said the influx of visitors demonstrates the public’s support. Every day, officials provided family-friendly shows and activities.

An exhibition of robotic dinosaurs was particularly popular, as was a circus show. Local and national artists had space to exhibit their talents.

A cattle ranch drew the attention of both children and adults interested in seeing prime bovine, ovine (sheep)  and equine specimens.

Rodeos, dog shows, kickboxing, mixed martial art and wrestling shows were also a draw. A highlight near the fair’s conclusion was a mass wedding.

The moments and memories made at the Xmatkuil fair “motivate us to redouble our efforts to offer a fair in 2019 that exceeds the expectations of our visitors,” said Ferreyro Rosado.

Text and photo: Courtesy

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Mérida, but not the Caribbean resorts, named in Airbnb survey

Mérida Yucatán is one of the oldest cities on the American continent and boasts the oldest cathedral on the continent’s mainland....

Yucatán goes from 0 to 78 daily COVID cases in 6 weeks

The Yucatán health ministry reported 78 new COVID infections, the highest number of daily new cases since March.

Pig farm accused of hiding cenotes and filling them in with cement

A pig farm in the municipality of Homún is being accused of filling in and hiding two cenotes from environmental authorities. 

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.

La Plancha park project moves forward with a huge budget

Government officials announced an agreement to make the La Plancha land 100% parkland. Photo: Contributed The park that...

Court sets limits for ‘racist’ immigration checkpoints in Mexico

Mexican soldiers review documents at a Zacatecas checkpoint in March. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

You won’t miss the meat or dairy in these recipes from Yucatán

Vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles are easy to enjoy, despite living in meat-centric Yucatán.  Now that we’ve listed our...

Yucatán COVID patient 1st to die in 49 days

Coronavirus cases rose steadily in a week that ended with Yucatán's first COVID fatality since April 2. A...