La Peña la Cabra with a lot of pain buries Mrs Sardine

Before the incineration of Mrs Sardine, a minute of silence was observed for the sad death of a member of the Peña

For the first time, I am going to write an article in the first person, because today has been a very hard day for all of us who make up the Peña la Cabra, but especially for Serafín, our president and King of the Carnival, as well as for the four brave ones who have carried Mrs Sardine on her shoulders and who, before incinerating her, have lifted her to the highest point, to heaven, so that our companion and friend “Fity” could stroke her with her fingers, and it could carry it again in his shoulders as in the previous years.

They have been very hard moments, the pain of each step, each jump and each dance, was done so that the present audience could enjoy such a funeral, and since it has been held since 1982, always organized by the Peña la Cabra.

The Carnival Association of Miguelturra and all the Peñas that comprise it, have always been with us in the celebration of this act, but this year, they have been part of the organization of the same, with their support, the party has continued as usual, looking to the future, but without forgetting all those who stayed behind, who are no longer among us, always prevailing in our hearts.

Major Masks, Councilman of Celebrations, widowers and widows, clergy, children, street masks, Cupids, today was also the day of the Lovers, and even Elvis himself has wanted to say goodbye to Mrs Sardine.

At five o’clock in the afternoon, the funeral procession started the traditional funerary parade through the streets of Miguelturra, crowded with people who wanted to dismiss the unfortunate Sardine between sobs, tears, smiles and dances.

Once the funeral procession arrived at the end of the tour, a minute of silence was observed in memory of our companion, as well as the tragically deceased young man during the celebration of the Carnivals of Herencia.

A lot of olive tree, has served as a base to create the purifying fire that has incinerated Mrs Sardine and put an end to the most traditional burial of the carnivals of Castilla-La Mancha, then roasted and distributed among those present about 100 kg of fresh sardines and more than 50 liters of lemon.

Mrs Sardine, rest in peace until next year.


Bernardino Martínez Romero
Peña la Cabra de Miguelturra


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A sweet Monday with a carnival flavor

The frying pan fruit contest and leaving a mark, along with the street mask, most important events of the carnival Monday

Carnival Monday dawned with rain, but it has not prevented the celebration of the activities scheduled for Carnival Monday.

At 12:30 h. the XXXV CONTEST IN FRYING PAN FRUIT started inside the CERE facilities due to the rain and it was done with the presence of the President of the Provincial Council, José Manuel Caballero, Mayor of Miguelturra, Victoria Sobrino, Vicepresident of the Provincial Council, David Triguero, Councilman of Celebrations, Diego Rodríguez, councilors of the City Council of Miguelturra, Carmen Mohíno, Pedro Mellado and Miguel Angel García, major masks 2017, José Cañizares and Antonia Nieto and the masks major 2018, Orestes Corrral and Mª del Carmen León.

The Peña los Rocheros, have been the organizers of the event and Octavio Martín has made the limoná, which is always exquisite.

Awards of the XXXV Constest in Frying Pan Fruit:

Barquillos Modality

  • 1st Prize, Evaristo García Rivero
  • 2nd Prize, Lourdes de la Salud Cantero

Borrachuelas Modality

  • 1st Prize, Fatima Redondo Ordoñez
  • 2nd Prize, Mª del Carmen Corral León

Flowers Modality

  • 1st Prize, Evaristo García Rivero
  • 2nd Prize, Lourdes de la Salud Cantero

Roscapiña Modality

  • 1st Prize, Sergio Talavera Villodre
  • 2nd Prize, Adelina Arroyo Martínez

Rosquillas Modality

  • 1st Prize, Mª del Carmen Delgado Rodríguez
  • 2nd Prize, Mª del Carmen Corral León

The first prizes have been sponsored by the School of Natural Chef Cooking consisting of two cooking courses valued at 70 euros each, the second prizes sponsored by El Colmao and Hecón Construction Tools, have received a batch of typical products valued at 40 euros, they have also received a box of liquors sponsored by La Gaditana and the traditional Carnival Pottery.

In the afternoon and from 16:30 h. the contest Leaving a Trace was started, a competition for the exhibition of animals in disguise and organized by the Peña Kapikua. The winners in the contest were the following:

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Prizes, “Hulk”, “Turquesa”, “Trufa and Yeko” and Jorry, 50 euros each, sponsored by the City Council of Miguelturra and redeemable at the canine hairdressing salon Didí or Simbiosis
  • 5th to 7th Prize, “Nucca”, “Xana” and “Aria”, a sack of feed of 15 kilograms each valued at 45 euros sponsored and exchangeable in Symbiosis.
  • 8th to 12th Prize, “Yaky”, “Kira”, “Nora”, “Tayson” and “Márquez”, a sack of feed of 3 kilograms each valued at 12 euros sponsored and exchangeable in Symbiosis.
  • Special prize, disguise with recycled material, “Wendy”, 45 euros voucher, sponsored and exchangeable in Didí.

The late night began with the concentration of Masks Street in the vicinity of the Spain Square, from 19:00 h. They filled the streets of Carnival with joy and color, joking the naive strollers to the cry of “Why don’t you know me?”

A Great Sunday of Carnival

The reveille, the chocolate, the Children’s Carnival, Peñas food and the Masked Voley main activities of Carnival Sunday

La Peña el Jamón, has toured the streets of the town with his reveille ‘Carnavalera’, as he has been doing for many years. 

In the Spain Square, the Peña los Maltrataos has distributed an excellent chocolate accompanied by sweets and a shot of anise for those who wanted it, by noon has prepared an exquisite food from La Mancha. The company Repostería Codan has been the collaborator of this event.

While in the Constitution Square, starting at 11:30 h. and organized by the Peña el Bufón, the children was concentrated to participate in the Children’s Carnival, accompanied by mothers, fathers and relatives who did not want to miss the event. Subsequently, he has paraded to the Palace of Carnival, where a great children’s show “Muñecolandia” awaited them. The event has had the collaboration of Civil Protection, Divinity Events and Gerardo Just.

At noon, in Doctor Fleming Park, the Peñas Los Cansaliebres, Los Rocheros and Kapikua, have prepared delicious crumbs and potatoes with meat, to regain strength in this intense Sunday of Carnival.

The afternoon has started with the Masked Volleyball, starting at 4:30 p.m. and in front of the CERE, this peculiar championship has been organized by ADV Miguelturra and Peña el Bufón. The prizes have been the following:

  • Winner of the Tournament, Spy Kids, 50 Euros prize sponsored and redeemable at Las Tejas Restaurant
  • Best-dressed team, Las Bikers, 50 Euros prize sponsored and redeemable at Cafetería Ramón
  • Most fun team, Los Tocopelotas, 50 Euros prize sponsored and redeemable at Café-Bar La Hermana Angela
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We already have new Major Masks

Orestes Corral and Mª del Carmen León, are already officially Major Masks of Miguelturra Carnival

Starting today, Orestes and Mª del Carmen, are also from the Peña de Mascaras Mayores, a large family of illustrious carnival.

At 18:30 h., began the concentration of the delegation in the Spain Square, to accompany and tour the streets of the town with Orestes and Mª del Carmen. A large group of street masks, members of the local Peñas, José and Antonia, major masks older than 2017 and other years, Serafin Delgado, King of Carnival, Raúl Domínguez, President of the Miguelturra Carnival Association, Diego Rodríguez, Councilman of Celebrations, Fátima Mondéjar, Councilor of Culture and the Mayor of Miguelturra, Victoria Sobrino, in the CERE different members of the Municipal Corporation would be added.

The retinue, he paraded to the gathering point of Mª del Carmen and Orestes, the Peña los Cansaliebres were in charge of the organization and the Charanga Katapúm Chinpúm put the musical coloring. At the meeting point, family and friends accompanied Orestes and Mª del Carmen, who were touched by the participants.

The next stopping point was the headquarters of the Peña los Cansaliebres, which prepared a great appetizer, which served as a snack for a long afternoon-night of emotions.

Around 9:00 p.m., the delegation arrived at the CERE and the Palacio del Carnaval stood to receive Orestes Corral and Mª del Carmen León, in their proclamation as Major Masks of the Carnival of Miguelturra.

From the stage, Victoria Sobrino, wished them luck in their new journey and put in value the work that is being done by the traditional mask, by our street mask.

It was the turn of the imposition of bands, which cost his, the wonderful suit designed by Mª del Carmen herself made it a bit difficult. Later they received the accreditation diplomas such as Major Masks and the corresponding bouquet of flowers. The Major Masks of 1996, Francisco Molina and Dolores Muñoz, took the stage to give them a very special gift, the aprons that will wear in the Frying Pan Fruit contest. To end the act, family members of Orestes Corral and Mª del Carmen León, went on stage and gave them another gift, closing the act, the traditional photo of those present on stage.

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At last it’s Carnival

The Mojinos Escozios start the Carnival of Miguelturra 2018.

Luxury barkers for the Carnival of Miguelturra, the components of the well-known musical group Los Mojinos Escozios, have been in charge of starting the most famous festivals of the town.

The Peña Los Segadores with its charanga, as is customary in our carnival, was responsible for the organization of the event and from eight in the afternoon, local, provincial and regional authorities, along with members of the Association of Peñas, Rey of the Carnival, Peñas de la localidad and Máscaras Mayores, gathered at the doors of the Town Hall in the Plaza de España, to receive Los Mojinos Escocios. Minutes later, from the balcony of Miguelturra the Chupinazo was launched to start the Carnival.

After the reception, the delegation went to the CERE and visited the Carnival Museum ‘MOMO’. At 9:30 p.m. the long-awaited proclamation began, with a Carnival Palace overflowing. First of all, the Mayor of the town, Victoria Sobrino, took the floor, thanking the members of the group for their presence and inviting everyone to join in the joy and enjoyment of the party. She was also in charge of delivering the prize endowed with 1,000 euros as the winner of the Poster Contest of Carnival 2018 to Estela Fernanda Agüero.

Miguel Angel Rodríguez ‘El Sevilla’, has been grateful that they can be criers for the best Carnival in the World, the Carnival of Miguelturra, starting the proclamation with the phrase “fills me with pride and satisfaction” of our King Emeritus, which has also been parodied by our street mask at the beginning of the carnival.

Phrases like ‘We have to thank the members and the members who have put on the concert after the proclamation, because otherwise the members would have regretted as much as the members of them being the preachers’, ‘We thank Mayor Victoria who has given orders to the municipal ones that they did not register their pockets before entering’, ‘Tonight we’re going to disguise ourselves as rockers and we’re going to do a Rok and Roll concert, but really’, ‘These are the best carnivals in the world, because are your carnivals’ and ‘Do not drink much, many drinks that hold liquids and have a lot of sugar, drink with Moderation, we never knew who this lady is and we would love to meet’ have provoked the laughter and applause of those present, finalizing the proclamation with the cry of ¡Long live Miguelturra, Long live your Carnival, Long live your People, Long live the Mother who she gave birth you all and hopefully next year, Carnival of Tourist Interest National!

Once the proclamation was over, it was the turn of the Charangas Contest in its III Edition. The prizes were the following:

  • 1st Prize. Alhiguí, 600 Euros and Carnival Pottery
  • 2nd Prize. Los Desmadraos, 300 Euros and Carnival Pottery
  • 3rd Prize. Catapúm Chinpúm, 200 Euros and Carnival Pottery
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Dinner in honor of the Major Masks 2018

The Miguelturra Peñas welcome those who will be the Carnival Masks 2018

Orestes and Mª del Carmen, receive the affection of the entire Carnival community of Miguelturra.

On the night of Saturday, February 3, the CERE welcomed all the Peñas of the town, in an act that has served to welcome the Carnival Major Masks 2018.

The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Miguelturra, Victoria Sobrino, the councilman of Celebrations, Diego Rodríguez, Councilor for Culture, Fátima Mondejar, King of Carnival, Serafín Delgado, president of the Miguelturra Carnival Association, Raúl Domínguez, Masks Seniors 2017, José Cañizares and Antonia Nieto, members of the Municipal Corporation and all the Peñas Carnivals Miguelturra.

Minutes before the start of the dinner, the King of Carnival, the 2018 Major Masks and the Mayor of the town, addressed the audience and encouraged them to enjoy the Carnival with joy. Nephew, he recalled that it is now very close to the Miguelturra Carnival to be recognized as a holiday of national tourist interest. On the other hand, Orestes and Mª del Carmen, have had words of gratitude towards José and Antonia, for the help they are being given, committing themselves to be an example as their predecessors have been. Serafin, King of Carnival, has expressed his desire for the Street Mask to take to the streets, and continue with the tradition of these carnivals, since it is the maximum exponent of them. He also wanted to thank Casa Pepe, the effort he makes so that year after year this dinner can be celebrated in the CERE.

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