“Surprising” number of exhibitors sign up for return of Fatacil fair in August
Lagoa Council has confirmed that the town’s hugely popular summer fair Fatacil is returning between August 19 and 28, with exhibitors rushing to book their place at the event.
Says the council, the number of pre-bookings “has surprised even the most optimistic”.
“The first phase of pre-bookings for exhibitors to guarantee their place at the fair is not even over, and Lagoa Council has already received bids for 70% of spaces available,” the local authority revealed.
The first phase ends on March 15 after which the council will review the bids. If all the available slots are not filled until March 30, a second round of bids will be opened running from March 31 to April 15. A third phase may also be launched after April 15 if there are still vacant spots.
Exhibitors selected to take part will receive the final entry form and have 10 days to hand it in while those who do not make the cut will receive a written notice with a justification.
“It is with great satisfaction that we see interest from exhibitors to participate in the 2022 edition of Fatacil grow every day,” said Lagoa Mayor Luís Encarnação.
“It is a sign that they believe, just like we do, that the worst has passed, that they believe in our work and the success of our fair. We are working hard to make the 2022 edition the best ever.”
The last edition of Fatacil held in 2019 – the 2020 and 2021 editions were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic – was hailed by the local council as the best ever in its 40-year history.
The event attracted over 195,000 people, a 10% increase compared to 2018.
Fatacil is described as the “biggest event of its kind south of the Tejo River”, making Lagoa a place to visit every August.
People travel from all over to visit the fair and browse the many stalls showcasing local businesses and craftspeople, and enjoy live concerts from some of Portugal’s most popular bands and singers. There is also a selection of delicious regional food to enjoy and equestrian events.