The reading of the opening proclamation is one of the main and historical attractions of Lalín Cocido Fair because, ever since the famous Galician writer Álvaro Cunqueiro delivered the first proclamation in 1969, this honour has always been bestowed on a prominent person, whether from the literature, culture, politics, sciences, sports, journalism or humour landscape. The chosen person is in charge of highlighting in his or her own unique way the cultural, gastronomic, and sociological richness of our region.
The list of distinguished town criers of the Cocido Fair includes well-known people such as the aforementioned Álvaro Cunqueiro, Luis del Olmo, Baltasar Garzón, Manuel Fraga, María Teresa Campos, Cruz y Raya, Alberto Ruíz-Gallardón, Karlos Arguiñano, Santiago Rey Fernández-Latorre, Carlos Alsina, María Castro, Pedro Piqueras, and Eduardo Punset, among others.
The town crier for the 51st edition will be the journalist and TV host Xabier Fortes.

Record of town criers: 
1969 Álvaro Cunqueiro
1970 Gerardo Fernández Albor
1971 Xosé Filgueira Valverde
1972 Pío Cabanillas Gallas
1973 David Pérez Puga
1974 Eugenio López y López
1975 Luis Suárez Delgado
1976 Xosé Otero Abeledo, “Laxeiro”
1977 Manuel Rolán Bolaño
1978 Celso Emilio Ferreiro
1980 Daniel Varela Buxán
1981 Hipólito de Sa Bravo
1982 Antonio Fraguas Fraguas
1984 Víctor Manuel Vázquez Portomeñe
1985 Xosé Luis Barreiro Rivas
1986 Xosé Luis Blanco Campaña
1987 Sancho Gracia
1988 Xosé Filgueira Valverde
1989 Álvaro Pino
1990 Luis Álvarez Pousa
1991 Manuel Fraga Iribarne
1992 Xesús Alonso Montero
1993 Xosé Cuiña Crespo
1994 Alfredo Conde
1995 Luis del Olmo
1996 Fernando Ónega
1997 Victoria Prego
1998 Francisco Álvarez Cascos
1999 Carlos Casares
2000 Mariano Rajoy Brey
2001 Baltasar Garzón
2002 Moncho Borrajo
2003 María Teresa Campos
2004 Cruz y Raya
2005 Marc Forné Molné
2006 Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón
2007 Karlos Arguiñano
2008 Santiago Rey Fernández-Latorre
2009 Carlos Alsina
2010 María Castro
2011 Mariló Montero
2012 Pedro Piqueras
2013 Susanna Griso
2014 Eduardo Punset
2015 Ignacio Rivera
2016 Manuel Jabois
2017 Roberto Vilar
2018 Víctor Fernández Freixanes

2019 Xabier Fortes