The Space for Expatriates
The Feria Playa del Carmen 2012 was packed with people every day that it filled the Zocalo, Palacio Gobernal and part of the parking area for Wal-Mart on Avenida 30. The fair was bustling in the evenings offering fair goers a wonderful variety of typical Mexican Feria goodness! Junk food, rides, handicrafts, household items, shoes, costume jewelry, cocktails, games, nightly shows and more kept Playa del Carmen fair aficionados busy and content for a whole 10 days.
Salchipapas and Churros rate highly on the junk food scale!
Fried plantains with sweetened condensed milk are also a popular treat at the fair.
"On-a-stick" is apparently a universal fair food tradition. Shrimp on a stick, anyone!?
Pizza and traditional Mexican baked goods are also popular fair treats.
How about a cup of spicy tequila ponche with tamarindo to wash down all that delicious greasy fair food? OK!
Then a couple of Tacos de Pastor; they looked to good to pass up!
It's all fun and games at the fair! The table sports games inspire a little friendly rivalry.
The shooting galleries offer a challenge to those who wish to try their luck. Hit 11 in a row and win a prize!
The window boxes light up and the marionettes move and play music if the bar hit at this shooting gallery.
"Mom, I wanna play" is another fair time universal phenomena! It doesn't matter what the prize children and adults alike are drawn to fair games like moths to a flame.
It seems that the lure to take a chance is to enticing to pass by...
perhaps it is the bright and flashing lights rhythmically beckoning us to
play and win!
Books and bumper cars are jumbled together in the exciting confusion of the closed street fairgrounds.
Panama hats and clothes from other regions of Mexico,
thousands of adorable magnets to choose from,
The fast-talking vendors put together packages to tempt passerbys, in auction style banter they announce, "Buy now and I'll throw in free of charge a second!".
No Mexican Feria is complete without clows! Beware of the hugging clowns- they hug, ready or not.
The Zocalo was splendidly decorated with traditional Mexican papel picado.
Music concerts and traditional region dances were featured every night of the fair.
The house of curiosities offered a sneak peak at the lizard woman and two headed anaconda snake among other oddities.
The long lines were proof that kids and adults alike enjoyed the rides.
The Feria Playa del Carmen 2012 was a great time! If you missed it, not to worry, the fair will be in Cancun for another 10 days the end of July, 2012. The Riviera Maya loves a good fair!