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Basques from Florida to warm up NFL fans with their first 'Miamiko Kirol Jaialdia,' before Superbowl 50

02/03/2016

The members of the Euskal Etxea of Miami are excited about this coming weekend's first ever Herri Kirol Jaialdia (Image: E.K.)
The members of the Euskal Etxea of Miami are excited about this coming weekend's first ever Herri Kirol Jaialdia (Image: E.K.)

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This coming Sunday, February 7, the biggest sporting event in the US will be celebrated in Santa Clara, California. The 50th Superbowl is expected to be a record breaking TV phenomenon. However, the Euskaldunak from Miami, Florida are more focused on the finishing touches of their first 'Kirol Jaialdia,' a Basque rural sport picnic aiming at raising awareness of the importance of Basque sports in this state, in addition to spending a great day together.

Miami, FL. This coming Sunday, February the 7th, from 11:00am to 8:00pm, the Royal Palm Island will become a Basque village for a day, full of bascos, herri kirolak, euskal musika, a mus competition, and great atmosphere. The first Miamiko Kirol Jaialdia, or Basque rural sport picnic, comes into play at a time when Jai Alai in the Sunshine state hangs by a thread, awaiting, another year, the result of the negotiations at the Florida House of Representatives.

But instead of just waiting, the Euskal Etxea of Miami decided to be proactive and to attract the attention of fellow Miamians. “Bring family and friends,” reads the announcement of the organization. “It's not just for Basque people.”

Volunteers and confirmation

Boni Guenetxea, main organizer of the event,requested that people “give us a couple of hours of your valuable time to help us.” Tomorrow, between 2:00 and 3:00pm, there will be a meeting at the showroom of Paella Party, to which everybody is invited, to discuss topics like registration and participation for the Kirol Jaia.

The organization is also asking for RSVPs as soon as possible. Tickets for kids, 10 years old +, are $10.00, and for adults $30.00. This includes lunch and picnic, with one beverage included. Additional drink coupons will be on sale on site. There will be hamburgers and snacks for children, at no additional cost. Also, at 7:00pm, a big screen will be turned on for NFL fans to be able to watch the Superbowl.

Schedule of activities

11:00am: Registration opens and accreditation
11:30am:12:30pm: Get acquainted and snacks
1:00pm: Rural sports exhibition start (Txinga competition, Wood cutting, Stone lifting, and Sokatira)
3:00pm: Paella competition (all ingredients and equipment provided). All cooks must pre register
4:00pm: Paellas will be served
5:00pm: Mus Tournament (must pre-register)
6:30pm: Award Presentation, Agur Jaunak, and conclusion
7:00pm: Superbowl 50 on a big screen

For more information contact Boni at (305) 308-4816 or by sending him an email at boniguenetxea@euskaletxeaofmiami.org



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