Feria de San Isidro

Feria de San Isidro

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San Isidro celebrations in Estepona

Estepona celebrates its Patron Saint, San Isidro Labrador, with a Romeria (pilgrimage) on Sunday 7 May and the agricultural fair from the 10 to the 15 May.

San Isidro Labrador, who incidentally is also Madrid’s patron, lived in Madrid during the 12th century when it was but a village, where he worked as a lowly farm labourer. He was always engrossed in prayer but according to legend his workload was taken on by angels so as to leave him time for his devotions, must remember that one!

The Romeria or pilgrimage was held at the Ermita San Isidro at the Los Pedregales park last Sunday, 7 May, and drew thousands of Esteponeros who went to the park to party and celebrate their patron saint with picnics, barbecues, and a few drinks!

Worth noting also is that Monday, 15 is a local holiday in Estepona so expect many of the shops and businesses to be closed.

Programme 2017

Wednesday 10 May

7 pm Grand “Giants and Bigheads” Parade through the streets of the town setting off from the Victor de la Serna School in Avenida San Lorenzo accompanied by the music group “La Pollinica”.
8 pm Children’s Day at the fairground with 50% off all rides.
10 pm Fairground Inauguration
Official opening of the Feria de San Isidro at Estepona’s fairground accompanied by the Estepona Town Band after which there will be a presentation of the Feria Queens in the main pavilion followed by a performance by the La Milana Dance Academy.

Thursday 11 May

1 pm Music from the resident DJ
4 pm VI Domino Championship in the main pavilion.
5 pm Senior citizens lunch in the main pavilion with entertainment including singer Samuel Veléz.
6 pm Fruit and Vegetable Contest at the Estepona Agricultural Cooperative.
8 pm Music from the resident DJ
9 pm Flamenco performance by the Ana Guerrero Dance Academy.

Friday 12 May

1 pm Music from the resident DJ
2.30 pm Traditional ‘Campera’ Soup will be served in the main pavilion.
6 pm Inauguration of the “Farm School” in the farmers arena.
7 pm Children’s Party with face painting, balloon modelling, etc, in the main pavilion.
9 pm Comedy show “De Cañas con Enrique” in the Felipe VI Theatre.
9 pm Performance by the Monica Peña Dance Academy.
10.30 pm Music and dancing to the band “Latidos” in the main pavilion.

Saturday 13 May

10 am Exhibition of chainsaw carving in the farmers’ arena.
10.30 am Contest of wines from Estepona and the surrounding area in the main pavilion.
12 noon Music from the resident DJ
12 noon Farm school, with milking workshop and songbird contest.
1.30 pm Axe cutting contest in the farmers’ arena.
5 pm Spanish dressage exhibition by the Amigos del Caballo riding association.
6.30 pm Packhorse contest and exhibition of cork loading.
10 pm Performance from the La Banda del Gazpacho.
11 pm Music and dancing to the band “Latidos” in the main pavilion.

Sunday 14 May

11 am Floral tribute to Estepona’s patron saint San Isidro
11.30 am Farm school.
11.30 am Horse Gymkhana
12.30 pm Local riders display their horsemanship with a variety of disciplines.
9.30 pm Performance by the La Milana Dance Studio in the main pavilion.
10.30 pm Music and dancing to the band “Latidos” in the main pavilion.
Midnight Estepona’s big day is announced with the launch of a dozen rockets.

Monday 15 May

8 am Offering to Estepona’s patron.
12 noon Eucharist celebrated in the San José church.
1 pm Official presentation of the offering in front of San José church followed by a performance of traditional music by the Panda de Verdiales and dancing by the Peña Flamenca Dance Academy directed by Antonio Trujillo.
2 pm Visiting the Altars – the local authorities, feria queens and their attendants will visit the numerous altars on display throughout the town. They will be accompanied on this procession by local riders, panda de verdiales music group, and many more. There will be prizes for the best altars.
6 pm San Isidro Labrador procession. The release of a number of doves will announce the beginning of the procession which will follow the route: Calles Goya, Terraza, Papuecas, Montecillo, Casares, Pilar de Farinós, prolong. Avda San Lorenzo (Parque La Constitución-Colegio Gloria Fuertes). Avda San Lorenzo, Real, Terraza, El Cid, Goya returning to its chapel.
9 pm Music from the resident DJ
10.30 pm Award ceremony for the various competitions during the feria.
12 midnight Fireworks.

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