OVER 200'000 people are expected to descend on Inca today for Dijous Bo, Majorca's largest and one of its oldest annual agricultural fairs.
This year's fair, the main event of the best part of a week of various activities in Inca, will be the largest ever with over 800 exhibitors lining the town's 50 streets covering a total area of 10 kilometres. But, those heading to Majorca's “City of Leather” today will be able to admire and purchase much more than local produce from all across the island.
From black pigs to black sports cars, handicrafts to tractors, footwear to art, everything and anything will be on show and for sale at Dijous Bo.
What is more, the small shopkeepers association will be giving away free bags containing local produce as part of a new buy-Majorcan campaign.
Over the years Inca has perfected the art of staging Majorca's “fair of fairs” and a small army of people have been working round the clock for the past two days to get Inca ready. Today, 150 officials, including police and organising staff will be on duty and the SFM Majorcan Railway Company is running a special service involving 100 trains, 50 running in each direction, from 8am this morning with trains leaving Palma every 20 minutes. Services are also going to be increased from Inca to Sa Pobla and Manacor as the whole island heads for Inca.
Extra parking is obviously being organised but, with 70 percent of the town's streets closed to traffic today, parking is going to be limited and traffic restricted. The most comfortable and hassle-free way of getting to and from Inca is going to be by train. What is more, those alighting at Inca station will be walking straight into the fair.
A marquee housing an exhibition of photographs called “Inca yesterday, Inca today” has been erected right next the station and the access to the centre of the town will be closed to traffic.
PROTEST
Yesterday evening Local Police started to close off the roads and clear the centre of traffic - enabling residents to get a parking space before the hoards invade the town today. Members of the Railway Park Movement in Palma are going to seize today's opportunity of informing tens of thousands of people of their protest over the Partido Popular city council's failure to build a new park round the new railway lines, as promised. Protestors, many of whom live near the construction work being carried out for the new railway tunnels, will hand out some 5'000 leaflets at Jacinto Verdaguer station. The leaflets will claim that the PP “promised a 100.000 square metre park but all they've given us is kilometres of concrete, tons of iron, miles of cars and more traffic jams.” In the PP's electoral programme they announced that the Palma to Inca railway will be sunk under ground and a Central park created linking Ses Estacions, Son Costa and Son Fuster. “The mayor (Catalina Cirer) has deceived us.... but she still has time to rectify her mistakes,” claim protestors.

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