A traditional village fair has among its many curiosities a circuitry of gambling where colored chicken and many other knick knacks are the Jackpot of the night.
Try your Luck!by: Colombia Festiva
Colored chickens are used as prizes or as an ingredient in a phosphorescent stew.
The squares, this main meeting spot of the town is the perfect scenery to be lucky while enjoying a food loaded with sugar.
Early in the morning, the fair "dealers" accommodate their roulettes, darts and gambling games for visitors and locals. Wood, forgotten doll heads and a target practice whose goals are photocopies with the face of Bin Laden and Chavez, are the fun backdrop for those looking for some money or a package of goodies.
We begin our tour and find a minimum bet of $1,000 to double in a spinner worth to be collectable because of it's "unique" look. The head of "Panchita" (a doll with a new job: to be a $500 coin oracle) tells us to follow a large cage full of chickens dressed in aniline purple, fuchsia and blue.
The manager of this game that attracts many curious children (including us), held in a black bag several colored ping-pong balls: "If you draw a blue ball, you take home a blue chicken" .. sounds logical. We took in our 3 attempts just white ping-pongs and surprise! ...there was no white chicken inside the cage.
With empty hands and after seeing a Wayuu girl with 8 chickens going home, we keep going ahead in the bizarre and entertaining tour of luck and aim. The following atraction consists of small pellets (used both for manual or shotgun hit), a parquet board with notes of various denominations and the challenge: scoring to a slippery $50,000 note.
We dont known if the spirits within the carnival move that pellet like a Ouija board, but the unfailing drop in the $1,000 note forced us to move to the next tent.
Holding a gun shot, we went lucky hitting the face of a proclaimed thug and won finally a package of coconut cookies and some bubblegum... all by knocking down Bin Laden's photocopy.
A curious gallery
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