This weekend sees two autumn fairs taking place in the north of Mallorca, those of Muro and Pollensa, of which Pollensa's is the larger but not on the scale that Alcúdia's October fair is. The Muro fair takes as its theme the pumpkin. Hence, there is the now traditional pumpkin contest on Sunday (which is the biggest pumpkin of all?), a parade of lanterns made from pumpkins on Saturday evening and a gastronomy route involving several bars which will be serving specialities made from the pumpkin. Pollensa's fair, with its artisan-craft theme, has come a long way in a few short years. Not so long ago there were concerns about its well-being. The number of visitors had dwindled and the fair itself lacked sparkle. The town hall asked for suggestions, and these would appear to have paid off. An exhibition of innovative craft work by young designers was introduced, and this year the fair will be serenaded (if that's the right word) by music of different sorts - rock, jazz, folk - in the streets and in bars which don't form part of the official programme. It is all the result of a good initiative by Pollensa town hall and local associations.
But one way in which Muro steals a march over Pollensa is in the design of its fair poster. Muro designs are usually characterised by their bright colours. This one is more subdued but nonetheless features a vibrant orange of the pumpkin and so a colour of autumn. Pollensa designs are typically more dour, though perhaps this is a reflection of the different themes: artisan versus agricultural.
Programmes for the fairs in English: